Our Mission

The WaterStone Bank Air and Water Show is Wisconsin’s premier free, family event of the summer and one of the top air shows in the United States. We invigorate the local economy, support our Veterans and Armed Services communities, and deliver significant economic impact each year exceeding $3 million.

Our Vision

The WaterStone Bank Air and Water Show will bring to Milwaukee and the surrounding areas the thrill of aerial aerobatics in a wholesome, family-friendly environment. We will instill fascination and love in our audience for the armed forces and aviation fun while stimulating the local economy and highlighting the natural beauty of our scenic lakefront.

Our Leadership

Andy Sikorski – USAF F-16 Demo Team Project Officer

Bill Cherwin – Civilian Air Show Acts Support

Brian Allendorfer – Senior Advisor & Military Projects Officer

Bruce Goldstein – Civilian Acts Project Officer

Candee Arndt – Milwaukee-Area Independent Event Services Professional

Carol Gerard – Event Advisor

Collen Hansen – Community Projects for Seniors Volunteer Manager

First Station Media Team – Social Media & Web Design First Station Media

Herb Hunter – Official Air Show Announcer

James “FX” Jerskey – Photo Journalist & Videographer

Jeff Hansen – Community Projects for Seniors Volunteer Manager

Jesus Perez – Military Acts Project Officer

Jim Novak – Traffic & Parking Manager

Joe Mantello – Air Show Operations

Joe Timmer – Site Logistics Manager

John Duda – Parachute Teams Project Officer

Judy Richardson – Sky Chalet Manager

Lena Levy – Marketing & Creative Director First Station Media

Lynn Wrench – Sales, Marketing, & Production

Mark Lovejoy – Vendor, Exhibitor Support Manager

Mike Borchardt – Assis Traffic & Parking Manager

Mike Van Dini – Air Show Operations Director and Air Boss

Mo Moorman – Senior Event Advisor

Pat Carr – Military Acts Project Officer

Paul Rogers – Founder & President MKE Air & Water Show, Inc.

Philip K. Vollrath – Senior Event Advisor MKE Air & Water Show, Inc.

Ralph Garrity – Festival Productions

Randy Lenz – Air Operations

Rich Berndt – Air Show Coordinator

Rob Wahl – Volunteer Support Manager

Roy Suarez – Access & Security Manager

Ruth Unger – Catering Manager

Tim Clark – Military Acts Project Officer

Todd Radmanovic – Festival Productions

Tony and Salley Detert – Box Office Managers

Purchase Tickets

The WaterStone Bank Air and Water Show offers a number of reserved seating and parking options. Learn more at our Reserved Seating page and click below to purchase your tickets today.

Getting Here

The WaterStone Bank Air and Water Show is located on the beautiful Milwaukee lakefront, between Bradford and McKinley Beach. Having trouble finding us? Take a look at the map below!

Bradford Beach Spectator Area

There is no admission to view the WaterStone Bank Air & Water Show from Bradford Beach. We will be asking for donations from event attendees at Bradford Beach to support the event.

Reserved Seating Locations

The WaterStone Bank Air & Water Show offers exceptional reserved seating areas to view the spectacular air show performers at the lakefront from PRIVATE areas–the VIP Sky Chalet, the Flight-Line Club, and Reserved CenterPoint Seating. Hurry! Tickets are going fast! Please sign up for our Air Show e-letter for updates and new information on event improvements and information all about the private reserved seating areas.

Milwaukee County Parks

Since 2004, Milwaukee County Parks remains a major beneficiary of the annual Air & Water Show event, in the form of concession receipts at Bradford Beach, event parking receipts, tourism value, and branding. The primary Milwaukee County Parks locations that the Air & Water Show promotes are Bradford Beach, McKinley Beach, Northpoint, and Veteran’s Park.

Benefits to Milwaukee County Parks

  • It is estimated that every year approx. 2,000 – 3,000 cars park at lakefront for the Air & Water Show. Milwaukee County Parks charges $25 per parking ticket each year.
  • Sales revenues form event sales at the Bradford Beach & Northpoint concessions, and other concessions located at the show site.
  • Advertising, branding, and destination tourism.

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Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

The WaterStone Bank Air and Water Show partners with Make-A-Wish Wisconsin each year, in two key areas.

The first area is with the actual Make-A-Wish visits with the Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds. After Each annual air show practice, at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, the very first priority of the pilots is to visit with the Make-A-Wish kids in the hangar, for a visit and photo session. It has been a priceless relationship, and is well received each year.

The second area that the WaterStone Bank’s Air and Water Show partners with Make-A-Wish Wisconsin each year, is in the donation of vip tickets, which are auctioned during Make-A-Wish events. This area has grown each year, and results in a substantial monetary donation to Make-A-Wish.

The WaterStone Bank Military Valor Program is exclusively for Active Duty Service Members, Military Veterans and Reserve and National Guard Service Members who have or open a new WaterStone Bank Checking account. The Military Valor Program offers many great benefits and saving features to recognize and thank you for your service to our country – because you deserve it.

Program Benefits Include:

  • Receive $100 credit with direct deposit of military payroll, government benefit or employer payroll
  • Free patriotic checks
  • No fee money orders, foreign current orders, and official checks
  • No fee overdraft protection transfers
  • No fee wire transfers
  • No fee ATM transactions
  • Refund of your Option Flex Line of Credit annual fee
  • Receive $500 when you obtain a 1st mortgage loan on your home from WaterStone Bank and set up autopay
  • Annual voucher for a free standard size (3×5) US Flag

Visit the WaterStone Bank website for more information and requirements today.