Milwaukee's Air & Water Show returning in 2017

Posted at 3:31 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 23:17:07-04

MILWAUKEE -- The Air and Water show will return to Milwaukee next year, after organizers cancelled the event this summer due to a lack of funds.  Fans are thrilled to learn it's coming back. 

"I can't wait for it to start to bring the kids and family down here," said Ikey Ikeiing, Milwaukee.

"Yes because my husband was in the Air Force so it's always exciting," explained Hannelore Schilling Zarse, Milwaukee.

"It's great for the city...I think...people enjoy getting down on the lake front," said Pat Shanahan, Milwaukee.

The show generates $1.4 million for the city.  In the past, a portion of the proceeds benefited Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, an opportunity veteran Chuck Franzke had.  He was a Navy Pilot in World War II.

"I flew the largest single engine plane in the world at that time and they put it on the smallest carrier," explained Chuck Franzke, World War II Veteran.

The 93-year-old met the Blue Angels at the Air Show two year ago.  Franzke says it's an act everyone needs see.

"It's such an attraction because there's such a speed involved and the acrobatics and so on and it's a great show," said Franzke.

Milwaukee's Air and Water Show is set for July 15 and 16.  Organizers say Blue Angels will headline the 2017 show. 

Get more information on the Air & Water Show's website here.