Rain or shine, the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show goes on

By Mike Rundle, Senior Photo Editor

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  • The 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show occupied the skies along Lake Michigan Aug. 17–18.

  • The United States Army Parachute Team, known as the Golden Knights, kicked off the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show Aug. 17 at North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.

  • Former Blackhawks defensemen Chris Chelios was part of the Golden Knights demonstration, participating in a tandem jump Aug. 17.

  • The United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey hovers above North Avenue Beach at the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show Aug. 17.

  • A young fan takes in the action at North Avenue Beach Aug. 17.

  • Sean D. Tucker of Team Oracle climbs high into the Chicago sky above North Avenue Beach Aug. 17 at the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show.

  • Numerous spectators used binoculars to view the aircraft in the show as they passed by North Avenue Beach Aug. 17.

  • Four A–10 Thunderbolt II aircrafts belonging to the United States Air Force fly in formation over North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr., Aug. 17.

  • Rain and clouds caused the show to be temporarily paused in the early afternoon of Aug. 17.

  • When rain started falling on the thousands of fans at North Avenue Beach Aug. 17, the grounds were partially evacuated and many sought shelter under nearby tents.

  • A member of the Firebirds Delta Team soars through the sky Aug. 17 over thousands of fans at North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.

  • The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, known as the Red Arrows, performed their first demonstation in North America Aug. 17 at the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show.

  • The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, known as the Red Arrows, performed their first demonstation in North America Aug. 17.

  • An enlistment ceremony took place at North Avenue Beach Aug. 17 for new military recruits.

  • The United States Navy Blue Angels performance on Aug. 17, day one of the two-day event, was cut short by rain.

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An estimated 1 million people were expected to watch the sky for the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show as planes and pilots ducked and dived throughout the skies along the lakefront Saturday and Sunday.

While stormy weather caused headaches throughout the weekend, fans still flocked to beaches up and down the shore to see a variety of airborne speed and skill demonstrations.

Herb Hunter, the voice of the Air and Water Show for more than 30 years, narrated the performances. This year’s demonstrations included the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the Red Arrows of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.

Other highlights from the weekend included former Blackhawks defenseman and Hall of Famer Chris Chelios jumping out of a plane for the first time ever Saturday with the Golden Knights in a tandem jump. The Red Arrows pilots also had a historic weekend, completing their first demonstration in the United States.

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