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No Blue Angels or Thunderbirds at the Chicago Air Show Thanks to Federal Cutbacks

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Every two or three years I try to make it up to Chicago in Mid August to catch the Chicago Air and Water Show held on the Chicago Lakefront. The Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds rotate appearances at the show and are the featured attraction each year. Hundreds of thousands, if not even a million people, usually set their eyes to the sky and get trilled at what they are watching.  

Although I was not in attendance this year, the show lost a lot of its luster weeks ago when it was announced that the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds would not be performing anywhere this summer, including Chicago, due to federal budget cuts. I am sure the other aircraft on display including the British Harrier were worth viewing but there is nothing that can compare to the Blue Angles or the Thunderbirds especially to first time air show goers. I remember when the Thunderbirds came to Quincy years ago but unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to cook up a storm and forced the air show to end early. Anyone remember that?

It is such a shame that the precision flying of the United States Military cannot be on display for all Americans to see. I, for one, have witnessed these Blue Angels and Thunderbirds probably 15 or 20 times in my lifetime and I get goose bumps every time I see them.

The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds give one a sense of pride and makes you really feel great to be an American. Now that’s something we all need a little more of. Bring back the Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds. What a mistake our government made in cutting this out of their budget.

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