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Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend (Video)

This weekend, August 16 and 17, the City of Chicago and Shell Oil will present the 56th Chicago Annual Air and Water Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be flying high along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street with North Ave Beach being the center stage. Other military demonstrations include the famous U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, the renown U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, Marine MV-22 Osprey helicopter and the U.S. Air Force F-22. And, of course, the show would not be complete without the informative voice of Herb Hunter, who has been serving as “the voice of the Chicago Air and Water Show” for over 20 years.

U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team steers his canopy during Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago
Courtney Wittman/public domain/Wilimedia

As usual this year's traditional air and water show will leave spectators in awe as the Blue Angels deify gravity with their aerial maneuvers and the Golden Knights and the Leap Frogs perform their amazing jumps out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth, making a perfect landing on North Ave Beach at speeds exceeding 125 mph. Spectators will not soon forget the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor after it has completed its supersonic maneuvers, the US Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin Helicopter Search and Rescue demonstration or the new addition to the show, the Marine MV-22 Osprey as it shows off its speed and range of a turboprop.

For a sneak preview of the show they will be doing spotting flights on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the North Avenue Beach area and a practice show on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To see the full schedule of the largest free admission Chicago Air and Water Show, featuring a wide variety of amazing civilian acts, daredevil pilots and aerial stunts, Click Here for the official website.

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