Chicago's Top Guns: A Wet and Wild Weekend

August 17, 2010 5:02:32 AM PDT
The Chicago Air & Water Show, presented by the City of Chicago and Shell, may be turning 52, but the event's breathtaking action will soar to new heights when ABC 7 Chicago presents the HD broadcast of CHICAGO'S TOP GUNS: A WET AND WILD WEEKEND. Hosted by ABC 7 meteorologists Jerry Taft and Tracy Butler, this half-hour special will air Sunday, August 15th at 10:35 pm, with an encore presentation on Saturday, August 21st at 4:30 pm.

Taft and Butler will give viewers a close-up look at this lakefront spectacle spotlighting the thrills and chills of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as they perform the six-jet Delta formation, aerobatic maneuvers and precision flying in their famous Boeing F/A-18 Hornets.

CHICAGO'S TOP GUNS: A WET AND WILD WEEKEND will also turn the spotlight on 190 North contributor Mark Nilsson, who will take a deep breath before flying with the Blue Angels. Joining the Blue Angels as one of this year's headliners will be the "Golden Knights," as they jump out of aircraft at 12,500 feet above earth's surface at speeds exceeding 120 mph.

In addition to the Blue Angels and the Golden Knights, the U.S Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs will also serve as a top headline performer. Returning military and civilian favorites include the Chicago Fire Department Air & Sea Rescue Team, AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Lima Lima Flight Team, and the radical extreme style flying of the "Firebirds." Also stunning onlookers, Sean Tucker & Team Oracle return for a daring performance which will include flying backwards as fast as 100 mph.

Last, but certainly not least, military pilot and captain, Herb Hunter, will commemorate his 23rd year as the "Voice for the Chicago Air & Water Show."

The Air & Water Show takes place on the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point of the events. In past years the Air & Water Show has been the largest two-day event of its kind in the United States, attracting more than two million people to Chicago's lakefront.

"Chicago's Top Guns: A Wet and Wild Weekend" is produced by Edgar Vargas & Christopher Bowen in cooperation with the Mayor's Office of Special Events.

"CHICAGO'S TOP GUNS: A Wet and Wild Weekend" will be available on-demand at www.abc7chicago.com.


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