Chicago Air and Water show canceled due to weather

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Sunday, August 17, 2014
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The Chicago Air and Water Show's second day was canceled due to weather.

CHICAGO. (WLS) -- Day 2 of the Chicago Air and Water Show was canceled Sunday and although people saw some of the water acts, the planes did not take off because of the weather.

None of the major acts flew and because of poor visibility the show never got off the ground.

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Disappointed spectators left the Chicago Air and Water Show after weather conditions forced an early end.

"I got a chance to see some of it (Saturday), so I'm not that disappointed, I always come twice," Leonardo Rodriguez said.

The 10 a.m. show start was delayed because of the cloudy skies by more than three hours.

"I haven't seen the Air and Water Show in years and then we finally came out. It's the last few days of summer, They told us so late, it would have been nice if they told us three hours ago," Criseyde Anderson said.

The show got underway about 1:30 p.m. with rescue demonstrations by both Chicago Police and Fire Departments.

But after low clouds along the lakefront did not lift as quickly as hoped and the show had to be suspended about 2 p.m.

The decision was made to end the second day of the show earlier.

"We had enough ceiling and altitude at North Avenue Beach to perform a lower level show, but it just never materialized at the Gary Airport and we couldn't get the airplanes off the ground," said John Trick, Air and Water Show manager.

"Fifteen hundred feet of ceiling and three miles of (visibility), we had the visibility right now, but the ceiling is still a little bit lower than 1,500 feet," said Capt. Terry Fregly.

Sunday's shortened show ended without appearance from the crowd pleasing Blue Angels and the other scheduled daredevil military and civilian acts.

Over two million people were expected to attend the 56th annual Chicago Air and Water Show over the weekend. And despite this year's disappointing finish, many say they will be back next year.

"We've been here for the past few years and it doesn't matter whether it's cloudy or sunny, we're going to back. It's a great time," said Evelyn Sanchez. "It's a great environment, and sure we're here to see the show."

The last time the show was delayed was in 2011 when bad storms rolled through area delaying the show for a few hours before it cleared up and the show went on.

Both organizers and those that come to take in the show are just hoping for better weather next year.