Thousands of people packed Milwaukee’s lakefront this weekend to see the return of the Milwaukee Air and Water Show, with its star attraction the Blue Angels performing over Lake Michigan. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos of the Blue Angels and many other participants in the popular event.
The air and water show on did not happen in 2016 because of scheduling and finances. It returned this year with a new title sponsor – WaterStone Bank.
The event traditionally draws about 400,000 people to Milwaukee’s lakefront. It is one of Wisconsin’s largest events and provides a significant tourism impact to Milwaukee’s economy.
The weather for the event was perfect on Saturday, but low clouds did impact the show for a short time on Sunday. The United States Army Parachute Team’s jump onto Bradford Beach was delayed by a couple of hours.
However, it did not stop huge crowds from coming to the lakefront and the corporate hospitality area to watch the event.
Most were there to see the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels perform. The group was in Milwaukee for the show in 2014, but was unable to perform due to fog on both days.
The other star of the show was “Fat Albert,” a U.S. Marine Corps Lockheed C-130T Hercules, which travels with the Blue Angels. Milwaukee Business Journal intern Rebecca Carballo got a ride on “Fat Albert” on Friday. Read about her ride and see the photos by clicking on the headline below.