Milwaukee’s annual Air & Water Show takes off tomorrow

Thunderbirds to headline after last performing in Milwaukee in 2015

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:11 pm

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

A famous four-jet squadron will be soaring in a diamond formation at high speeds above Milwaukee’s lakefront this weekend as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headline the 2018 Air & Water Show.

“America’s Ambassadors in Blue” return to Milwaukee this year after last performing in the Air & Water Show in 2015. The unit of four F-16 Fighting Falcons will be flown by eight pilots, including six demonstrating pilots, who will perform approximately 40 maneuvers in one demonstration.

The show, taking place rain or shine on July 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will also feature first-time air acts U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Squadron and P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and first-time water act local Milwaukeean Dennis Pinter demonstrating the “Air Chair On The Water.”

Other aerial performers will include:

Other water show performers will include:

Wauwatosa-based WaterStone Bank will return as the title sponsor of this year’s show. The company’s sponsorship brought the show back in 2017 after a year-long hiatus. The show is free to the public. Tickets for reserved seating are available online.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.