Milwaukee Air & Water Show to return in 2017

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels stunt team.

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:13 pm

After a one-year hiatus, the Milwaukee Air & Water Show will return to the lakefront in 2017, and the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels stunt team will be the headlining performers.

A title sponsor for the show will be announced Wednesday.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels stunt team.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels stunt team.

The show was cancelled this year due to scheduling conflicts and financial issues that were caused, in part, by the show’s lack of a title sponsor. Air Show Director Rudy Malnati said in February that not having a title sponsor made it difficult to fund the event and secure acts.

“Bringing world-class acts to Milwaukee and putting on a spectacular show for free to the public can be a challenging business model without ample community support,” Malnati said in the statement released earlier this year. “Funds are needed to pay for performers, aircraft fuel, parking, safety and security personnel and grounds staff. In recent years we have been, and still are, facing a lack of adequate financial support to cover these costs.”

The 2017 show will take place July 15 and 16.

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Ben Stanley
Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.