The British are coming to the Chicago Air and Water Show

The British are coming to the Chicago Air and Water Show
Andy Morton from the RAF Red Arrows Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

With the backdrop of the lake and the city, 95 stories up, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows announced today that they will be appearing for the first time ever at the Chicago Air and Water Show.

The announcement was made from the Signature Room in the former John Hancock building overlooking North Avenue beach where the action will take place on on August 17 and 18 for the 61st Annual Chicago Air and Water Show that is expected to attract nearly 2 million visitors to the city.

“It’s an honor to welcome the Red Arrows to Chicago to be a part of the largest show of its kind and one of the city’s longest running events along our City’s lakefront,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “As a Midwest summer tradition for tourists and residents, the free admission Chicago Air & Water Show contributes an approximated $78 million in total business activity to the Chicago economy and has an estimated attendance of more than a million.”

This Image was taken during the recovery break ‘Spaghetti Break’ requires the aircraft to flip upside down in a diamond formation before splitting in different directions and pulling up to prepare to land.

This Image was taken during the recovery break ‘Spaghetti Break’ requires the aircraft to flip upside down in a diamond formation before splitting in different directions and pulling up to prepare to land.

Known for their amazing looping, Spaghetti Break and barrel rolls, the RAF Red Arrows are renowned as one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, having performed almost 5,000 times in 57 countries since 1965. Flying nine BAE Systems Hawk fast-jets, the team showcases the excellence of the Royal Air Force and demonstrates the global reach and capability of the Service, together with representing the best of British at home and overseas. During their North American deployment – which will be the largest to the region in a generation – the Red Arrows will help to support a range of British interests and promote trade and cooperation, as part of the United Kingdom’s prosperity agenda.

Red Arrows color the skies

Red Arrows color the skies

 “Extensive preparations are well underway to bring the Red Arrows to Chicago, where we aim to present a safe, memorable and visually-exciting formation display to new audiences,” said Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. “The visit to the Chicago Air and Water Show will form a big part of the Red Arrows’ largest ever tour of North America, which underlines the long-standing partnership between the United Kingdom and the United States. We hope thousands of people will get to enjoy our displays, which demonstrate teamwork, precision and excellence – both in the air and on the ground.” 

Other highlights of this summer’s show include U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs and civilian aerobatic teams

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