U.S. Navy Blue Angels Headline Chicago Air & Water Show
The oldest flying aerobatic team, The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, return to the Chicago as the headline act of the 54th Chicago Air & Water Show. The six pilot demonstration team will roar into town on Thursday, August 116th in their blue F/A-18 Hornets. The Chicago Air & Water show alternates between hosting the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. In an unscientific poll seven out of ten airshow fans queried by MyFlightBlog prefer the U.S. Navy Blue Angels over the USAF Thunderbirds.
Depending on the weather the team will perform a low or a high show. A typical performance will include two pilots flying the lead and opposing solo roles. These pilots will perform high-speed passes while the remaining four pilots fly a diamond formation and show off precision formation flying. The two-groups will alternate being the focal point of the show. At the end of the show the six aircraft will come together to perform a few maneuvers in their six aircraft Delta formation.