Military acts return to the skies for Chicago Air and Water Show

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels return to the Chicago Air and Water Show. The popular military act was not on the bill last year because of the government sequester. – Associated Press

By Megan Swindell –

The federal sequester kept the much-loved military acts from performing at last year’s Chicago Air and Water Show. But the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and others are back this weekend — and they’re joined by new aerial attractions.

“We’re very excited to have them back,” said Mary May, spokeswoman for the Chicago Air and Water Show.

The show — the largest free air and water exhibition of its kind in the U.S. — typically draws more than 2 million people to North Avenue Beach and the lakefront. This weekend’s show, on Saturday and Sunday, is the city’s 56th.

Back this year are the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights. The lineup also includes the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, a single-seat fighter aircraft. New this year is a Marine MV-22 Osprey.

Federal cutbacks grounded those acts last summer, leaving the Air and Water Show spotlight to civilian performers.

“I think that people really got a sense that these are some of the best pilots in the world,” May said. “It was fabulous.”

The civilian lineup includes the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, The Firebirds Delta Team, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle and Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull helicopter…

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