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Plane spotter alert: Watch skies above MKE, downtown for air show flyovers

The 2011 Milwaukee Air & Water show is August 6 and 7, but plane spotting opportunities near Mitchell Airport and downtown begin with rehearsals Thursday and Friday.

The show, title-sponsored by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, according to the Milwaukee edition of the Business Journal, takes place over the lakefront on Milwaukee's south shore and east side, near downtown.

But take-offs and landings happen at Mitchell Airport, one of the locations avid plane spotters will be hanging out. One enthusiast remarked to this Examiner that he recommends the parking structure's upper, outside level as a vantage point.

Looking up while going about business as usual on the east side or downtown can result in stunning freebee flyover views, also. Roaring jet sounds will likely cause many pauses and gapes.

According to, this years show features the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, as well as a celebratory return visit by the 440th Airlift Wing that headquartered in Milwaukee for over 50 years, before moving to Fort Bragg in North Carolina in June 2007.