UK's Red Arrows Join Air And Water Show

Rob Hart
March 23, 2019 - 1:46 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some pilots from across the pond will fly over Lake Michigan at this summer's Chicago Air and Water Show.

The Red Arrows from the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force will participate in the Air and Water Show for the first time in its history.

A team from the Red Arrows is in Chicago this weekend to inspect the show site at North Avenue Beach and the staging site at the Gary Jet Center in Gary, Indiana.

The pilots will execute some tight maneuvers around the skyscrapers.

"All of the aerobatic maneuvers will be crowd front, or over the water, so it's nice and safe.  But there are some rejoins that we'll have to do what we call crowd rear.  But those are quite high, so I think generally they will be above the height of the buildings," said Doug Smith of the RAF.

The pilots will prepare for this summer's airshow by flying over a stretch of coastline in Greece that resembles the Air and Water Show site.

"Not quite so big buildings, but very similar in terms of the coastline and some of the conditions, in terms of the color of the seas and how they judge the heights and things like that," says Andy Morton of the RAF.

The Chicago Air and Water Show is Aug. 17 and 18.