In Pictures: 2011 Chicago Air & Water Show

Mon, 08-22-2011

Photos from the Chicago Air & Water Show on Saturday August 21, 2011

U.S. Navy Leap Frog and U.S. Army Golden Knight Parachute Team members descend on North Avenue Beach presenting the American Flag during the national anthem.

 

Ominous skies during the opening of Air & Water Show on Saturday

 

Chicago Fire Department's air and sea rescue demonstration attempts to beat encroaching thunderstorms.

 

Air control crews scramble to cover equipment as rain begins to fall.

 

The John Hancock Center performs a disappearing act during the worst of Saturday's storms.

 

Saturday's show returns to the skies after a nearly three and a half hour rain delay with the high-flying acrobatics of Sean D. Tucker and the Team Oracle Flight Team.

 

The show goes on, although abbreviated, with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team.

Naperville based Lima Lima Flight Team perform their missing man formation in honor of fallen service men and women.

During a break in the action recruits are sworn into the U.S. Air Force.

 

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet creates a moisture halo during a high speed pass at Saturday's show.

 

Stars of the show, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, take to the skies as the show's closing act.

 

Thunderbirds thrill the crowd with amazing high speed manuevers.

 

More Thunderbird action

 

 

 

 

All photos taken by Carrie Buglio, scroll your mouse over images for descriptions.

 

carrie@chicago.org