Blue Angels scope out Milwaukee ahead of summer show

Posted at 6:24 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 19:24:57-05

MILWAUKEE -- The iconic Blue Angels were in town Wednesday to scope things out for the 2017 Milwaukee Air and Water Show. They say it will be a homecoming.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," said #7 Blue Angel Lt. Brandon Hempler.

It's been a while since the Blue Angels were on the runway in Milwaukee. Lt. Dave Steppe tells TODAY'S TMJ4 their return will be something special. Organizers canceled the Air and Water Show this past summer due to a lack of funds.

"We're really looking forward to a great demonstration," Lt. Steppe said.

WaterStone Bank stepped in as a sponsor to bring the Milwaukee tradition back next year.

"Everybody has really bought into this because people really love the air show. The staff is excited, customers are excited and the community is excited. We're thrilled to be a part of it and to give that back to the community," said Heather Sullivan, the bank’s community relations coordinator.

The show is expected to generate more than $1 million for the city.

"We're going to treat it like a home show for us. The community here in Milwaukee is great, they've opened up so many doors for us,” Lt. Steppe said.

Next year's air show is scheduled for the middle of July. It will be the first of two stops in the state of Wisconsin.