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

By Mike Rundle, Senior Photo Editor

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.