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Rhymefest To Tandem Jump With Golden Knights At Chicago Air & Water Show, Plus Other Notables Taking Flight

August 13, 2018 - 11:25 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The City of Chicago announced Monday that Che “Rhymefest” Smith will tandem jump with the U. S. Army Golden Knights on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the 60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show.

Chicago's Grammy- and Oscar-winning hip hip musician, Rhymefest will open the 60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, by tandem jumping the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, landing at 10 a.m. on North Avenue Beach. He will be jumping in memory of his grandfather, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Airborne Division.

Rhymefest grew up on Chicago’s South Side and is known as "a revolutionary artist, writer and activist." He and his wife Donnie currently run the Chicago arts group Art of Culture Inc. Some of the organization’s young artists will also sing the National Anthem at the show.

The city also announced Monday, that preceding the show opener, Special Olympics Coach Kate Grant will fly with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as "Chicago’s 2018 Chicago Air and Water Show Hometown Hero" on Thursday, Aug. 16. The Hometown Hero Program is designed to highlight Chicagoans doing amazing things in their communities. According to the city, local heroes receive a one-hour Thunderbird orientation flight in one of the world's premiere fighter jets–the Lockheed Martin F-16D.

“I am honored to fly with the Thunderbirds to represent Chicago and Special Olympics as the Hometown Hero,” said Kate Grant, in a statement. “I’m honored each day to work with amazing athletes who inspire me to do my best and to live by the Special Olympics athlete oath: Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Another notable flyer will be Chicago Public School student Angel Cardenas. He will fly with Sean Tucker in the Oracle Challenger on Thursday, Aug. 16 in Gary, Indiana as part of the Young Eagle program. Cardenas is a freshman at Chicago’s Air Force Academy High School.

“He is my top student in CPS's only aviation program and excels at classwork, but routinely does aviation orientated enrichment outside of class as well,” said Kristen Arambula, his aviation instructor, in a statement. “Flying is truly a passion of his and one day he wants to be a military pilot and he is working hard to achieve his goal.”

The Young Eagles Flight Program introduces approximately 75,000 youth to aviation each year. 

For more information, check out our Guide To The 60th Annual Chicago Air And Water Show. WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM will offer a play-by-play of the show on radio. Plus, the station will offer a live stream of the event on its website, wbbmnewsradio.com/airshow and the WBBM Newsradio Facebook page.

For more information on the Chicago Air and Water Show, visit the City of Chicago website.