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Your guide to the 2015 Chicago Air and Water Show

The 57th Chicago Air & Water Show takes place Aug. 15 and 16 at the lakefront, from Fullerton to Oak Street (centered at North Avenue Beach).

There are plenty of familiar performers this year, as well as the
official “voice” of the show, Herb Hunter, who’s been talking and
walking us through the annual spectacle for more than 20 years.

This, the largest free show of its kind in the U.S., runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m both days. Visit chicagoairandwatershow.us for complete information.

Here’s a look at what’s in store:

Breitling Jet Team “:
The newest addition to the lineup, the France-based team is in the
midst of its debut tour of the United States. The seven plane team
performs in L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph.

The 57th Chicago Air & Water Show takes place Aug. 15 and 16 at the lakefront, from Fullerton to Oak Street (centered at North Avenue Beach).

There are plenty of familiar performers this year, as well as the
official “voice” of the show, Herb Hunter, who’s been talking and
walking us through the annual spectacle for more than 20 years.

This, the largest free show of its kind in the U.S., runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m both days. Visit chicagoairandwatershow.us for complete information.

Here’s a look at what’s in store:

Breitling Jet Team “:
The newest addition to the lineup, the France-based team is in the
midst of its debut tour of the United States. The seven plane team
performs in L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Since 1946 the team has been astounding audiences with their commanding
presence and aerial maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets, known for its
six-jet Delta Formation, as well as the graceful maneuvers of its solo
pilots.

U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights
Jumping out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface and
racing to earth at speeds exceeding 120 m.p.h., the Golden Knights has
amazed the world with its precision parachute demonstrations.

U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs
Fourteen jumpers dive out out of an aircraft at an altitude of 12,500
feet, reaching speeds of 120 to 180 m.p.h. After deploying their chutes,
the Leap Frogs fly their signature blue-and-gold canopies to build
dramatic canopy-relative work formations.

U.S.A.F. F-16 Fighting Falcon
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multi-role
fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United
States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it
evolved into a successful all-weather, multi-role aircraft.

U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin Helicopter Search and Rescue
Demonstration. An MH-65D “Dolphin” helicopter from Coast Guard Air
Station Traverse City will perform a simulated air-sea helicopter
rescue. The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., was
established in 1946 and is responsible for a 24/7 watch over the Great
Lakes with its five MH-65D helicopters.

AeroShell Aerobatic Team
The AeroShell Team has been performing precision aerobatics in their
AT-6 Texans for more than 20 years, at air shows across North America.

The 57th Chicago Air & Water Show takes place Aug. 15 and 16 at the lakefront, from Fullerton to Oak Street (centered at North Avenue Beach).

There are plenty of familiar performers this year, as well as the
official “voice” of the show, Herb Hunter, who’s been talking and
walking us through the annual spectacle for more than 20 years.

This, the largest free show of its kind in the U.S., runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m both days. Visit chicagoairandwatershow.us for complete information.

Here’s a look at what’s in store:

Breitling Jet Team “:
The newest addition to the lineup, the France-based team is in the
midst of its debut tour of the United States. The seven plane team
performs in L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Since 1946 the team has been astounding audiences with their commanding
presence and aerial maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets, known for its
six-jet Delta Formation, as well as the graceful maneuvers of its solo
pilots.

U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights
Jumping out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface and
racing to earth at speeds exceeding 120 m.p.h., the Golden Knights has
amazed the world with its precision parachute demonstrations.

U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs
Fourteen jumpers dive out out of an aircraft at an altitude of 12,500
feet, reaching speeds of 120 to 180 m.p.h. After deploying their chutes,
the Leap Frogs fly their signature blue-and-gold canopies to build
dramatic canopy-relative work formations.

U.S.A.F. F-16 Fighting Falcon
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multi-role
fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United
States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it
evolved into a successful all-weather, multi-role aircraft.

U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin Helicopter Search and Rescue
Demonstration. An MH-65D “Dolphin” helicopter from Coast Guard Air
Station Traverse City will perform a simulated air-sea helicopter
rescue. The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., was
established in 1946 and is responsible for a 24/7 watch over the Great
Lakes with its five MH-65D helicopters.

AeroShell Aerobatic Team
The AeroShell Team has been performing precision aerobatics in their
AT-6 Texans for more than 20 years, at air shows across North America.

Aerostars
The Aerostars are a precision aerobatic demo team whose “aerial ballet”
combines graceful aerobatics flown in tight formation, spectacular
breakaways followed by breath-taking opposing passes, and awe-inspiring
inverted maneuvers. The team performs in the Yak 52 TW, a former
Soviet-designed, Romanian built, WWII-type aerobatic trainer.

Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle
Sean D. Tucker performs his death-defying stunts in his one-of-a kind
aerobatic dream machine. He’s flown more than 1,000 performances at more
than 425 air shows, in front of more than 80 million fans. He’s been
named as one of the Living Legends of Flight, an elite group of aviators
and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General “Chuck”
Yeager, and John Glenn.

Bill Stein Airshows
Since 1995, Stein has performed at air shows across the U.S. with his skillful aerobatics and formation flights.

The Firebirds Delta Team perform on final day of the 2012 Chicago Air
& Water Show at North Ave. Beach. | Brian Jackson~Sun Times

The Firebirds Delta Team
Precision formation aerobatics with radical gyroscopic tumbles and heart stopping head-on madness are the hallmark of this team.

Matt Chapman Airshows
Matt Chapman is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot, who
began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the
highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category.
Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S.
Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998. Chapman also won the
prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the
Fond du Lac Cup in 1995.

Dave Dacy in the Super Stearman Model 70
Dave Dacy has been performing in airshows and special events throughout
the United States and Canada for nearly 40 years. By the age of 16, Dave
was in the cockpit of a 220 H.P. Stearman teaching himself aerobatics
by the time he was 20. Performing on the air show circuit today in the
450 H.P. Super Stearman, Dave has also performed air shows in a stock
220 H.P. Stearman, a modified 300 H.P. Stearman and the German designed
Bucker Jungmeister.

Warbird Heritage Museum Foundation
A-4 Skyhawk Jet Tac Demo will be presented by the foundation. The A-4
Skyhawk was a post-Korean War U.S. attack aircraft intended to be
operated from aircraft carriers. The Skyhawk was successfully used by
both the USN and USMC beginning in 1956.

Team Aerodynamix (12 Plane Aerobatic Team)
Team AeroDynamix flies RV aircraft from different series designed by
Richard Van Grunsven. RV aircraft are kitplanes, as most of the team’s
planes are home built by the pilots themselves. Every aircraft has a
different color scheme, but all of them are equipped with white smoke
generators. Team AeroDynamix is the largest aerobatic team in the world
flying 12 aircraft, most of them RV-8, but also RV-7 and RV-8A types.

Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Resue
The Air Sea Rescue Unit was established in 1965to provide search and
rescue services for 37 miles of lakefront, an extensive river system,
numerous lakefront venues, and the largest harbor system in the U.S.
Divers are trained under public safety rescue diver guidelines specific
to Chicago’s needs and particular environment. Air pilots are trained in
helicopter search and rescue, and hoist rescue techniques patterned
after nationally recognized standards. The Air Sea Rescue Unit uses two
Bell 412 EP helicopters to aid in their efforts.

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