Thunderbirds and Blue Angels to Fly in Chicago and St. Louis
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 Air Force Thunderbirds over the downtown lake front on Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21. Unfortunately, that will be the closest visit by the Thunderbirds to our area this summer. Meanwhile, Blue Angel fans will get the opportunity to watch them fly at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri outside St. Louis on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15
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. Anyone remember that?
I personally have witnessed the precision flying of the 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.