Rain Couldn't Stop Chicago's Air And Water Show Saturday

Catch up on the Air and Water Show with WBBM's recap

WBBM Newsradio Staff
August 17, 2019 - 3:50 pm
Susan Dacy Air and Water Show

WBBM Newsradio's Mike Krauser

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Rain slowed the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show Saturday, but it didn't dampen spirits. More than a million people turned out and tuned in to watch the spectacular show along the city's lakeshore.

City officials suspended the show for roughly 45 minutes at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday as rain fell and because of the potential for lightning, city officials said. Only one act was sidelined because of the rain: Susan Dacy, one of two women performers scheduled for Saturday, who performs in a biplane.

WBBM's Bernie Tafoya reported that most spectators, however,  toughed it out.

The show kicked off Saturday and lasts through the weekend along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street. It's one of the largest and longest-running free events of its kind.

This year’s headliners included the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, as well as the friendly competitors the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. Continuing rain cut the beloved Blue Angels' segment short, but the Red Arrows were able to show Chicagoans a little love.

The Red Arrows also teased its performance with flypast before its act and shared the pilot's view from the cockpit. Learn more about all of the Chicago Air and Water Show performers.

At Gary Airport, the staging area for the show's aircraft, aerobatic aviator favorite Sean D. Tucker dished with WBBM's Mike Krauser about flying in Chicago.

"It's a great spot," he said. "Over the city -- can you give me a break? The skyline's beautiful...it's pretty magnificent."

Sunday's show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but keep an eye on the weather. The National Weather Service is calling for thunderstorms over the area Sunday, some severe. The chances are highest in the morning, but they could last much of the day.

WBBM will be broadcasting the event live on the radio and on Facebook. We'll also give you an exclusive look at the schedule early Sunday. For all things Air and Water Show, check out our guide, where you will find video, photos, history and schedules of the show.

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