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Air and Water Show to attract millions to lakefront

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A crowd of about two million people are expected to pack Chicago's lakefront this weekend for the annual Air and Water Show, and final preparations are being made for the event.

They take to the skies once again for a different kind of airshow.

Because of the sequester and government cutbacks, the military is not participating in this year's annual Chicago Air and Water Show.

That means no blue angels and thunderbirds, but it's no problem.

"We've been doing this since 1959. This is one of Chicago's longest-running events. This is going to be a thrilling event, just like it always is," said Mary May, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Just without the some of the stunts and heart-stopping noise the big military guns.

New acts will join the line-up as the show takes over the skies above the lakefront this weekend.

The All-Veteran Parachute Team, an inspiring team of 10 active or retired military parachutists are joining the show.

"Since the military's kind of pulling out of the situation, a lot of us decided to come together. We still want to represent the veterans and military members from all over the country," Daniel Cook said

The Aerostars aerobatic team, an A-4 Skyhawk jet and the Geico Skytypers flying six vintage WWII aircrafts are expected to be among the new fan favorites.

"Keep your eyes up above the show box because you are going to see things going on all throughout the show," said Herb Hunter.

Also expect the return of the popular Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle and the Lima Lima Flight Team as well as pilot Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter.

He is the only helicopter pilot in the United States that is certified by the FAA to do aerobatic air shows.

"I've got a few new moves that I do up there that's unique. As before, I'll do the maneuver where I backflip the helicopter," said Chuck Aaron.

With the new and returning civilian acts, people should expect another great and exciting show

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