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Thunderbirds & Blue Angels Are Flying This Summer

Defence Force Air Show Takes Place In Townsville
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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.  

This year the Chicago Air Show will feature the Navy Blue Angels over the downtown lake front on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20. Unfortunately, that will be the closest visit by the Blue Angels to our area this summer.  Meanwhile, Thunderbird fans will get the opportunity to watch them fly at Rockford, Illinois on June 3 and 4 and at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Illinois on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11.

There is nothing that can compare to the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds especially to first time air show goers. I remember when the Thunderbirds came to Quincy years ago to perform but, unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to cook up a storm and forced the air show to end early. They flew from Baldwin Field to Scott Air Force Base to miss the storm. Anyone remember that?

I personally have witnessed the precision flying of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds probably 20 or 25 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.

Here’s an example of what people will be seeing when they watch the Thunderbirds.

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