July 2, 2015

The 57th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show – August 15 & 16

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights headline along with a wide variety of military and civilian demonstration teams

Mary May    mmay@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0576

The 57th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, presented by Shell and the City of Chicago, will return August 15 and 16 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10am-3pm daily. Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the show headliners include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.

“The Chicago Air and Water Show is a summertime favorite providing exciting family entertainment in the skies above Lake Michigan,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “For more than half a century, this event has grown into a spectacular display of aviation’s finest pilots in a unique setting making it a destination for residents and visitors alike.”

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their gravity defying flying, commanding presence and supersonic maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets. The brave men and women of the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will inspire spectators as they jump out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface, racing to North Avenue Beach at speeds exceeding 120 mph, making a perfect landing.

NEW for 2015, the Breitling Jet Team will perform in Chicago for the first time during their debut tour of the United States. The seven plane team will wow crowds in their L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph. The team is widely recognized for their precision and seamless coordination displayed throughout high-speed aerobatic performances, the France-based team brings their unmatched flying to North America for the first time.

The popular lakefront event features a wide variety of military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots performing their stunts in the skies above Chicago. Returning acts confirmed for 2015 include: AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Aerostars, Bill Stein Airshows, Chicago Fire Department Helicopter Air/Sea Rescue, Dave Dacy in the Super Stearman Model 70, Firebirds Delta Team, Matt Chapman Airshows, P-51 Mustang, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, Team AeroDynamix (12-plane team), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S.A.F. F-16, U.S.N. F-18, Warbird Heritage Museum Foundation: A-4 Skyhawk Jet Tac Demo and show announcer and “Voice of the Air and Water Show”, Herb Hunter.

2015 marks the 20th year the show's longtime presenting sponsor, Shell, has given back to the City of Chicago. "Shell is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Chicago Air & Water Show. This long-standing tradition showcases premium performances by some of our nation’s most courageous men and women pushing boundaries in the air and on the water," said Elen Phillips, Vice President, Shell Americas Fuels and Marketing. "At Shell we, too, are passionate about pushing boundaries to give our customers the best products on the market, like new Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline, providing the best total engine protection you can get. We applaud the City of Chicago and our local independent Shell Wholesalers and Dealers for providing the leadership and resources to bring this free event to the lakefront again this summer."

The Chicago Air and Water Show is free to the public and made possible by presenting sponsor Shell Oil Products U.S. and the following sponsors: ABC 7 Chicago, American Airlines, Aquafina, The Boeing Company, Bud Light, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, Communications Direct, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, LaGROU Distribution System, Martin’s Pastry Shoppe, Metra, M*M Graphics, Oracle, Pepsi, Texas on Tour and WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM.

Watch and listen with WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM as they broadcast the show live both days and also provide live streaming video coverage at cbschicago.com/airshow. Watch THE ABC 7 CHICAGO AIR AND WATER SHOW special highlighting all the thrills and breathtaking action of one of Chicago’s favorite summer events. Hosted by ABC 7 Eyewitness News Meteorologists Jerry Taft and Tracy Butler, this half-hour special will air Sunday, August 16, at 11pm with an encore presentation on Sunday, August 23, at 4:30pm.

For more information about the 57th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, please visit chicagoairandwatershow.us. To plan your trip to Chicago for the show, visit choosechicago.com. For updates, like us on Facebook (Chicago Air and Water Show) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiAirandWater).

 

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Please contact Mary May at 312.744.0576 or mmay@cityofchicago.org for media opportunities, photos and all media credential requests for the show on August 15 and 16 at North Avenue Beach.

Link to available photos: https://app.box.com/s/heyvy0yg0b7v5gv4boywgpq33ikagyvq

 

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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