Chicago Air & Water Show Wows Crowds Saturday - NBC Chicago

Chicago Air & Water Show Wows Crowds Saturday

Viewers can watch the teams perform again Sunday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.



    8/16/2014: Spectators were wowed Saturday as the Chicago Air & Water Show took over city skies. Regina Waldroup reports. (Published Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014)

    With their eyes glued to the skies over Lake Michigan, hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered along the lakefront to watch the first day of the Chicago Air & Water show.

    "They do these maneuvers where they almost touch each other," said viewer Bob Chojancki.

    The 56th annual show featured dozens of aerial and water stunts by military and civilian teams that  left crowds in awe.

    The Navy's Blue Angels made a return this year with their famed formations, marking a highlight for many watchers.

    "They are just awesome piltos," said viewer Bob Hines.

    CPS student Malik Baker managed to fly with one of the popular Blue Angels pilots.

    "It was amazing," he said. "I was able to fly the plane and go upside down. That was the best part."

    The U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs jumped from an aircraft 12,500 feet above the ground, and fell faster than 120 mph to make a perfect landing at North Avenue Beach.

    With an initial budget of $88, the first show was held between Chicago Avenue and Lake Michigan in 1959 and featured a Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue, water skiers, a water ballet and a diving competition.

    Viewers can watch the teams perform air and water stunts again Sunday along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street or at North Avenue Beach from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Why The Blue Angels Like Chicago

    [CHI] Why The Blue Angels Like Chicago
    08/15/14: The Blue Angels headline the 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show. Lcdr. Michael Chang joined the NBC 5 NEWS TODAY to talk about why Chicago is a special place for an airshow and the precision needed to fly in formation.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 15, 2014)