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March 29, 2012

America’s Finest Set To Fly Over Chicago’s Lakefront

The 54th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show August 18 & 19

Mary May    312.744.0576 mmay@cityofchicago.org

CHICAGO:  The 54th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show presented by Shell Oil Products U.S and the City of Chicago will return to the lakefront with headliners the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs. The show will run August 18-19, 2012 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm daily.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their gravity defying flying, commanding presence and supersonic maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets. The brave men and women of the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights  and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will inspire spectators as they jump out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface, racing to North Avenue Beach at speeds exceeding 120 mph, making a perfect landing.

Strong in tradition and one of the largest free events of its kind, the show includes a wide array of military and civilian acts thrilling spectators along the lake front each summer. Daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts include Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle in the Oracle Challenger, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team in their WWII North American Advanced Trainer, Lima Lima Flight Team in the BeechT-34 Mentor, The Firebirds in their Walter Extra 300 S and Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter.

2012 marks the 17th year of Shell Oil Products U.S. as the show’s presenting sponsor. “Shell is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Chicago Air & Water Show,” said Henry Miller, General Manager, Shell Oil Products US. “At Shell we are passionate about giving back to the local community and applaud the City of Chicago and our local independent Shell Wholesalers and Dealers for providing the leadership and resources to bring this free event to the lakefront again this summer."

The Chicago Air and Water Show is free to the public and made possible by presenting sponsor Shell Oil Products U.S., and the following sponsors: ABC 7 Chicago, American Airlines, The Boeing Company, Bud Light, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, Communications Direct, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, LaGrou Distribution System, Aquafina, M*M Graphics, Oracle, Pepsi, and WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events encourages taking public transportation to all lakefront festivals and events.  Please call 312.836.7000/TTY 312.836.4949 for information on RTA, CTA, PACE, and Metra. For help planning your trip to Chicago, visit www.ChooseChicago.com

For more information on the Chicago Air and Water Show, please call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3315, TTY 312.744.2964 or visit the web at www.chicagoairandwatershow.us.  Become a fan of the Chicago Air and Water Show on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ChicagoDCASE #ChiAirandwater.

 

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The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents large scale and small high-quality FREE festivals, exhibitions, performances, parades, sport events, farmers markets and holiday celebrations in venues throughout the city each year.  DCASE is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the arts in Chicago as well as supporting the people who create and sustain them.