Jets make practice runs before Chicago Air and Water Show

August 17, 2012 7:51:51 AM PDT
Fighter jets making practice runs zoomed across the Chicago skyline on Thursday preparing for the 2012 Chicago Air and Water Show along the lakefront.

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The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels are the feature attraction to the 2012 show, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Chicago Air and Water Show is the largest free show of its kind in the U.S. Best viewing: North Avenue Beach, or the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street.

Those who want to skip the crowds can get in on the action without the congestion as the crews rehearse Thursday and Friday.

ABC7's Michelle Gallardo got to ride along with the Blue Angels as they practiced staging the F/A-18 Hornets.

"These are some of the oldest aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps and we fly them 2-3 times a day, every day, because our maintenance crew is so professional they keep these things up and running every day, it's incredible," Lt. Mark Tedrow, U.S. Navy Pilot, Blue Angels, said.

The Blue Angels headline the Chicago Air and Water Show every other year with jaw dropping maneuvers and speeds that are 350 MPH.


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