2.2 Million Expected at Air Show

Here's how police are preparing for record crowds

By Lisa Balde
|  Sunday, Aug 21, 2011  |  Updated 3:57 PM CDT
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<A HREF=The 53rd Chicago Air and Water Show is this weekend. Get a sneak peak with one of the breathtaking high-flying acts, Aeroshell." />

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The 53rd Chicago Air and Water Show is this weekend. Get a sneak peak with one of the breathtaking high-flying acts, Aeroshell.

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An estimated 2.2 million people are expected to gather on Chicago's lakefront this weekend for the Air & Water Show, considered to be one of the largest spectator events in the country.

Chicago Police plan to dispatch extra teams on bikes and Segways to monitor the crowd. Cameras on command posts and numbers on poles to help officers quickly locate anyone in trouble will aid security efforts.

This year's Air Show, one of the longest ongoing shows in North America, includes members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team.

The show runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A practice session takes place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. This year, the Thunderbirds picked Chicago firefighter Jason Durbin as Chicago’s “Hometown Hero” for a high-rise fire rescue. Durbin flew with them Thursday in an F-16.

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications reminds attendees to stay hydrated and prepare for the possibility of rain.

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