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Thunderbirds will be 'loud and proud' at Milwaukee Air & Water Show

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Posted at 9:29 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 14:23:16-04

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Air & Water Show returns to the lakefront as the USAF Thunderbirds bring their "loud and proud" routine to the skies this weekend.

The MKE Air & Water Show is one of the top air shows in the Midwest and a premier summer activity for all ages. The thrill of aerial and water acrobatics makes for a memorable experience for all.

The USAF Thunderbirds perform their impeccably precise mid-air routines in over 30 events in North America every year.

This year, the Thunderbirds will have a Wisconsin native in the cockpit. Captain Michelle Curran is from Medford, Wisconsin and graduated from the ROTC program at the University of St. Thomas. She's since been stationed all over the world as an F-16 fighter and is in her first season with the Thunderbirds. She's excited to be performing in her home state for the first time.

"I'm looking forward to getting some cheese curds and some good beer and some nice Wisconsin hospitality for sure," said Curran.

Aside from the famed USAF Thunderbirds, civilian stunt pilots will bring eyes to the skies this weekend.

The Water Show will welcome the locally-famed Badgerland Water Ski Team to the waters of Lake Michigan. The team performs weekly on the Fox River in Downtown Waukesha.

Upgrade your Air and Water Show experience by reserving seatingbetween the Northpoint Lot and McKinley Beach.

Just for fun:
Remember that time TODAY'S TMJ4's Vince Vitrano pull 7Gs in an F/A-18 Hornet and passed out—TWICE?

Timeline of events on Saturday & Sunday:

  • 7:30 a.m.—Milwaukee County Parks Parking Lots Open
  • 9 a.m.—VIP Entrances Open
  • 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.—Daily Water Show
  • 10 a.m.—Food & Beverage Stands Open
  • 11:30 a.m.—National Anthem & Army Golden Knights Flag Jump
  • 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.—Daily Air Show
  • 3:00 p.m.—USAF Thunderbirds

Reminder: All aircraft appearances and times are subject to change due to various reasons beyond the air show's control, including but not limited to: military operational schedules, maintenance, weather, low ceilings, below-minimum visibility or any other factor as determined by the promoter.