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Schedule & Performers

The air and water show will go on rain or shine. Gates will open regardless of the weather. However, some acts may not perform if weather conditions do not meet minimum safety standards or visibility requirements. All aircraft appearing and times are subject to change due to various reasons beyond our control, including but not limited to: military operational schedules, maintenance, weather, low ceilings, below-minimum visibility, or any other factor as determined by the promoter. We appreciate your understanding. For more information, see our FAQs.

2018 Event Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 20TH

Air Show Practice – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Food & Beverage – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Air Show Exhibits – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Air Show Box Office – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM[/fusion_text]

SATURDAY, JULY 21ST

Air Show Box Office – 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Water Show – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Daily Air Show – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
USAF Thunderbirds – 3:00 PM

SUNDAY, JULY 22ND

Air Show Box Office – 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Water Show – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Daily Air Show – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
USAF Thunderbirds – 3:00 PM

2018 Military Air Performances

Featuring narration by world-class announcer Herb Hunter. Many of the world’s top air and water show performers, including aerobatic champions, and long-time Milwaukee show favorites, the United States Air Force Jet Demonstration Squadron, Army Golden Knights and Navy Leapfrogs military parachute teams, the US Navy F/A-18 Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team and other military and civilian performers, have made commitments to fly during the 2018 Milwaukee Air & Water Show, now set for July 21-22, at Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront. More exciting performers are yet to be announced in the weeks ahead!

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron

“America’s Ambassadors in Blue”. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is proud to host the 2018 USAF Thunderbirds! The squadron’s mission is to plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft and the high degree of professional skill required to operate those aircraft. The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted personnel. Thunderbirds air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The four-jet diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the lead and opposing solo aircraft highlight some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The pilots perform approximately 40 maneuvers in a demonstration. Through selfless dedication, a desire to excel and a constant commitment to improvement, these leaders have channeled their efforts into making the Thunderbirds what they are today. More than 120 enlisted personnel, representing nearly 30 career fields, form the backbone of the Thunderbirds.

U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team

The United States Army Parachute Team, nicknamed and commonly known as the Golden Knights, is a demonstration and competition parachute team of the United States Army. It consists of demonstration and competition Parachutist teams, drawn from all branches of the Army. Members must demonstrate excellence in parachuting. The two Golden Knight demonstration teams travel the United States(and occasionally overseas), performing for public audiences at venues ranging from relatively small civic events to nationally and internationally televised events (such as Monday Night Football games, NASCAR races, and large international airshows). The two, 12-member teams travel around 240 days per year, and use the team’s two Fokker C-31A Troopship jump aircraft as their primary means of transportation, and sometimes the UV-18C Twin Otter Series 400 made by Viking.

United States Navy Seals Parachute Team – The Leapfrogs

The United States Navy Seals Parachute Team, nicknamed and commonly known as the Leapfrogs, is a demonstration and competition parachute team of the United States Navy, and demonstrates professional Navy excellence by performing precision aerial maneuvers throughout the United States in support of Navy public outreach. The Elite Frogs parachute team is comprised of U.S.Navy SEALs. Whether in the sea, air, or on land, the U.S. Navy SEAL teams are the most feared and respected commando force in the arsenal of the U.S. military special forces, maybe even the world. The United States Navy’s “Sea, Air, and Land” Teams, commonly abbreviated as the Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy’s primary special operations force and a component of the Naval Special Warfare Command.

USAR F-15E “Strike Eagle” – Single Ship Formation 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB

The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather. The aircraft uses two crew members, a pilot and a weapon systems officer. Previous models of the F-15 are assigned air-to-air roles; the “E” model is a dual-role fighter. It has the capability to fight its way to a target over long ranges, destroy enemy ground positions and fight its way out. The F-15E is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 or 229 engines that incorporate advanced digital technology for improved performance. For example, with a digital electronic engine control system, F-15E pilots can accelerate from idle power to maximum afterburner in less than four seconds, a 40 percent improvement over the previous engine control system. Faster engine acceleration means quicker takeoffs and crisper response while maneuvering. The F100-PW-220 engines can produce 50,000 pounds of thrust (25,000 each) and the F100-PW-229 engines 58,000 pounds of thrust (29,000 each). The F-15’s superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through its high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low-wing loading. It was the first U.S. operational aircraft whose engines’ thrust exceeded the plane’s loaded weight, permitting it to accelerate even while in vertical climb. Low-wing loading (the ratio of aircraft weight to its wing area) is a vital factor in maneuverability and, combined with the high thrust-to-weight ratio, enables the aircraft to turn tightly without losing airspeed.

U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is proud to announce THE RETURN OF THE A-10 WARTHOG! Due to military aircraft availability, the A-10 Warthog performance for this year has been revised to a single ship demonstration. The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II jet aircraft was developed for the USAF, and is commonly referred to by the nicknames “Warthog” or “Hog”, and its official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter-bomber effective at attacking ground targets. The A-10 was designed for close air support (CAS) of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy ground forces. It was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon, and its airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of titanium armor to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying. The A-10 served in the Gulf War(Operation Desert Storm), the American intervention against Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, where the A-10 distinguished itself. The A-10 also participated in other conflicts such as Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, and against Islamic State in the Middle East. With a variety of upgrades and wing replacements, the A-10’s service life may be extended to 2040; the Air Force has no planned retirement date as of June 2017.

U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is proud to host, FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, a U.S. Navy P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, from the “Fighting Tigers” of Navy Squadron VP-8. The P-8A Poseidon is an aircraft designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The “Fighting Tigers” of VP-8 were commissioned in September 1942 as Patrol Squadron 201 in Norfolk, Virginia. During World War II, VP-201 flew the sea-based PBM Mariner in combat missions against German submarines that threatened Allied shipping throughout the Atlantic. In September 1948, the squadron received its current designation, VP-8. From 1962 through 2016, the Fighting Tigers deployed the P-3 Orion in multiple conflicts and operations in support of American interests around the world. Throughout its history, VP-8 has answered the call to serve in a number of capacities, from monitoring Soviet submarines during the Cuban missile crisis, providing 24-hour support to two carrier battle groups in both maritime and overland combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom, to conducting direct support of relief operations in response to the 2010 Haitian earthquake. For over 50 years flying the P-3 Orion, the Fighting Tigers and other maritime patrol squadrons successfully demonstrated their pre-eminent ASW, SUW, and ISR capabilities in every ocean of the world. In March of 2016, VP-8 began its inaugural deployment in the P-8A Poseidon, one of the newest aircraft in the Navy’s warfighting arsenal. Designed to continue the work-horse tradition of the P-3C Orion, the P-8A provides the fleet with more combat capability, responsiveness, and interoperability with both traditional manned forces and evolving unmanned sensors. Since transitioning to the P-8A, the Fighting Tigers have demonstrated continued excellence in all operational capabilities. Whether in direct support of the strike group, conducting long-range reconnaissance, anti-surface or antisubmarine warfare, the P-8A is firmly in place as an extension of the eyes and ears of the fleet. The pride and professionalism of every squadron member serves as a reminder to all of VP-8’s dedication to excellence and service to our nation.

Wisconsin Air National Guard – KC-135 Stratotanker

The Air & Water Show welcomes back the 128th Air Refueling Wing’s Boeing KC-135 – Air Refueling Stratotanker aircraft to perform in the air show, on both days, SAT and SUN! The 128th Air Refueling Wing is “Milwaukee’s Hometown Air Force.” The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft. It and the Boeing 707 airliner were developed from the Boeing 367-80 prototype. It is the predominant variant of the C-135 Stratolifter family of transport aircraft. The KC-135 was the US Air Force’s first jet-powered refueling tanker and replaced the KC-97 Stratofreighter. The KC-135 was initially tasked with refueling strategic bombers, but was used extensively in the Vietnam War and later conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm to extend the range and endurance of US tactical fighters and bombers.

2018 Civilian Air Performances

Featuring narration by world-class announcer Herb Hunter. Many of the world’s top air and water show performers, including aerobatic champions, and long-time Milwaukee show favorites, the United States Air Force Jet Demonstration Squadron, Army Golden Knights and Navy Leapfrogs military parachute teams, the US Navy F/A-18 Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team and other military and civilian performers, have made commitments to fly during the 2018 Milwaukee Air & Water Show, now set for July 21-22, at Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront. More exciting performers are yet to be announced in the weeks ahead!

Firebirds X-Treme Team Air Show Formation Team

The Firebirds Xtreme are a Nationally and Internationally renowned Aerobatics team. Members Bill Stein, Jack Knutson, Matt Chapman, and Rob Holland thrill crowds from around the world with their breath-taking stunts, and precision formation flying. The Firebirds flight demonstration combines the precision of formation aerobatics with radical gyroscopic tumbles and heart stopping head-on madness guaranteed to keep you on the edge.

Bill Stein – Solo Aerobatics

Bill Stein puts on a thrilling performance in his unique Edge 540, the paint scheme of which changes color dependent on lighting and the location of the airplane is respect to Bill’s spectators. Bill began flying aerobatics while he was still a student pilot, and has since logged more than 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight. He has been part of the air show performance scene since 1995, and enjoys mentoring new air show pilots as a way to give back to the aviation community Bill Stein has logged over 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since. Since 1995 Bill has performed at air shows all across the United States and has entertained millions air show fans.

Mike Wiscus – Lucas Oil

Mike Wiskus has been performing airplane stunts for 26 years, and flies a Lucas Oil Pitts Plane and said stunts will include loops, rolls, hammerheads and other visually appealing tricks. Wiskus was also was a 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and a member of the 2004 U.S. Aerobatic Team. Like many of the show pilots, Mike’s passion for aviation started when he was very young. Mike’s Dad took him to his first air show at their hometown in Iowa at the age of 10. That show made an everlasting impression so deep that at 14, Mike rode his bike to the airport for two weeks straight and bugged the owner for a job washing airplanes and cleaning hangars just to be around airplanes. In school, Mike had a teacher tell him he would never be a pilot. His grades weren’t great and he got into trouble. Later that year a tutor gave him the book The Little Engine that Could, by Watty Piper. It changed his attitude and it helped Mike believe in himself. He traded his work of washing airplanes for flying lessons and received his Pilot’s License on his 17th birthday.

U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter SAR Demo HH-60J – Jayhawk Rescue Helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was established in 1946 and is a part of the United States Coast Guards Ninth District, and is situated on the southern end of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan. Since 1995, Air Station Traverse City has controlled and manned Air Facilities throughout southern Lake Michigan The Coast Guard completed upgrades to its fleet of 45 MH-60J Jayhawk medium range recovery helicopters in August 2016. Redesignated as MH-60Ts, the upgraded helicopters received new flight instruments and avionics, communications and navigation equipment. Air Station Traverse City is now transitioning back to the HH-60J this summer of 2017. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is once again proud to feature U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich.

Matt Chapman Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each summer. He began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998. At the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships (WAC), Matt was the highest-ranking American pilot, finishing third in the world with a bronze medal. He led the Men’s Team to a silver medal. Along with this impressive finish came the coveted Hilliard Trophy, awarded to the highest finishing U.S. pilot at the WAC. Matt also won the prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995. Matt is both a solo performer and is the flight leader of the 4CE formation aerobatic team. Matt is also a respected airline captain at a major US based air carrier with tens of thousands of flight hours.

Jack Knutson (Firebirds X-Treme Team Member)

The Firebirds Xtreme member Jack Knutson thrills crowds from around the world with breath taking stunts, and precision formation flying. Jack Knutson has been an air show performer since 1992 and has performed with three different air show teams. The U S Jet Team performing with three x military jets. The Firebird Delta Team with three Extra 300 aircraft (who performed at NAS Key West in 2004) and The Firebirds x-TREME with Rob Holland. With over 22,000 flight hours under his belt Jack is a true professional as he performs his solo show called the Firebird Freestyle. The 2 ship Formation Act, rightfully titled “The Firebirds X-treme” is a site to be seen. Jack Knutson in his Extra 300/s and Rob Holland in his MXS-RH have created an extremely high-energy, non-stop, two-ship performance that combines the precision of formation aerobatics with radical gyroscopic tumbles and heart stopping head-on maneuvers. Combined with professionally choreographed music and cockpit narration makes this show a great crowd pleaser.

Wild Blue Rodeo – Lt. Colonel Josh “Tater” Boudreaux (Former U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighter Pilot)

Wild Blue is the humble little airplane who dreams of becoming a fighter jet. A real-life RV-8A, the character Wild Blue is the brainchild of entrepreneur and Team Owner Ms. LM “Lunar” Sawyer, a veteran air show professional who also narrates each show performance. The Wild Blue Rodeo air show features a combination of high flying thrills and high-concept children’s storytelling. Expertly piloted for the Milwaukee Air & Water Show veteran US Air Force F-16 fighter pilot, Lt. Colonel Josh “Tater” Boudreaux, Wild Blue’s story is woven around an exciting flying demonstration, hoping to inspire children and adults alike to dream without boundaries.

2018 In the Water

Before you settle in to watch the spectacular Air Show, you won’t want to miss the 2018 Water Show acts performing along the lakefront! Check out all the exciting action!

Milwaukee Fire Dept. “Trident Fireboat”

Now a tradition at the annual Air & Water Show, the Milwaukee Fire Dept. “Trident Fireboat” will demonstrate its capabilities on the waters of Lake Michigan. The Trident was dedicated in 2009, and is the newest addition to Milwaukee’s fireboat fleet. A fireboat is a specialized watercraft with pumps and nozzles designed for fighting shoreline and shipboard fires. The first fireboats, dating to the late 18th century, were tugboats, retrofitted with firefighting equipment. They are frequently used for fighting fires on docks and shore side warehouses as they can directly attack fires in the supporting underpinnings of these structures. They also have an effectively unlimited supply of water available, pumping directly from below the hull. Some modern fireboats are capable of pumping tens of thousands of gallons of water per minute. Fireboats are most usually seen by the public when welcoming a fleet or historical ships with a display of their water moving capabilities, throwing arcs of water in every direction. They also carry divers or surface water rescue workers.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, MI

HH-60 Jayhawk Rescue Helicopter Air-Sea Rescue Demonstration. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was established in 1946 and is a part of the United States Coast Guards Ninth District, and is situated on the southern end of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan. Since 1995, Air Station Traverse City has controlled and manned Air Facilities throughout southern Lake Michigan. The Coast Guard completed upgrades to its fleet of 45 MH-60J Jayhawk medium range recovery helicopters in August 2016. Redesignated as MH-60Ts, the upgraded helicopters received new flight instruments and avionics, communications and navigation equipment. Air Station Traverse City is now transitioning back to the HH-60J this summer of 2017. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is once again proud to feature U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan.

2018 On the Ground

2018 Air & Water Show Major Exhibits & Displays. While you watch some of the world’s best air and water show performers, there’s also lots of other things to do at the event along Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront. We will have food and beverage vendors as well, ready to serve your hungry tummy and quench your thirst! We are proud to feature several major exhibits at the 2018 event, As well as many other sponsor displays and exhibits.

Delicious Food & Beverages

A Milwaukee tradition – festivals and food! Whether you want to indulge your sweet tooth or keep the calories in check, you’ll likely find what you need that hits the spot!   Please support the Air & Water Show this year by coming down to the lakefront and strolling along Lincoln Memorial Drive to visit all the delicious food and beverage vendors!

A-7D Corsair II “Ghostrider” Cockpit Display

Great fun for Mom, Dad, and the Kids! We welcome back Dewey, who tours air shows across the U.S. with his classic A-7 Corsair cockpit display, featuring real helmets and instruments!   The LTV A-7 Corsair II was an American carrier-capable subsonic light attack aircraft designed by Ling-Temco-Vought to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its airframe design was a somewhat smaller version of the supersonic Vought F-8 Crusader. The Corsair II initially entered service with the United States Navy (USN) during the Vietnam War. It was later adopted by the United States Air Force (USAF), including the Air National Guard, to replace the Douglas A-1 Skyrider, and North American F-100 Super Sabre. The aircraft was also exported to Greece in the 1970s, and Portugal in the late 1980s.

Air and Water Show “Kidz Fun Zone”

Great fun for Mom, Dad, and the Kids! The Milwaukee Air & Water Show will once again feature the Kids Fun zone at the event in 2018, sponsored by Music On The Move, which will be located in the middle of the event grounds.  Great opportunity to watch the air show while keeping the kids busy!

Air Show Souvenir Sales – Airshowmerchandise.com (Michael Tuley)

ince 2002, The Armed Forces Store specializes in high quality apparel and novelties featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, US Air Force Thunderbirds, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Army. We carry caps, t-shirts, golf shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and more. We sell direct at air shows across the USA and you’ve probably seen us at a Blue Angels or Thunderbirds Air Show!! Armed Forces Store is your best source for quality merchandise and air show gear. Stop in to Bob and Sandy see their displays during the show!

Armed Forces Store Airshow Merchandise Display (Bob & Sandy)

Since 2002, The Armed Forces Store specializes in high quality apparel and novelties featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, US Air Force Thunderbirds, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Army. We carry caps, t-shirts, golf shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and more. We sell direct at air shows across the USA and you’ve probably seen us at a Blue Angels or Thunderbirds Air Show!!   Armed Forces Store is your best source for quality merchandise and air show gear.

USAF – X-1 Interactive Display

The X-1 Supercar is an interactive experience showcasing Air Force careers and technology. The display includes an experience trailer with games and videos, along with a Ford Mustang designed with Air Force technology, and is a real-life showcase of Air Force ingenuity, state-of the art-technology, imagination and input from some of the world’s best mechanics. The technological features of the car provide visitors a small glimpse of the Air Force’s modern airpower. The U.S. Air Force is best known for pilots and the aircraft they fly but, in addition to the many flight careers, the branch also employs Airmen in over 130 careers, over 50 of them dealing with multiple aspects of technology, mechanics, engineering and electronics.   X-1 was the Air Force’s first experiment in bringing the concept of Air Force speed and power to the streets.

Outdoor Taste Exhibit

Love meat? Come for a meat and greet with the Smithfield Mobile Tour during the Air & Water Show, for coupons, giveaways and samples! Get a taste of Nathan’s Famous Franks, Eckrich smoked sausage and Smithfield bacon.

Ourdoor Discovery Tour

AWS Welding Trailer American Welding Society’s Virtual Welding Trailer Tour Promotes In-Demand Career Across the Country. Facing a critical shortage of over 310,000 welding professionals by 2019, the American Welding Society (AWS) is taking its Careers in Welding Trailer across the country in 2016 to give visitors the opportunity to try their hand at welding and learn more about a career path in the industry. The Careers in Welding Trailer is the only mobile exhibit on the road today that offers an educational experience combined with career information to educate visitors on the opportunities available in the welding industry.

Fitted with five virtual reality welding simulators, visitors can grab a welding gun and helmet equipped with internal monitors and put their skill to the test. Similar to a video game, the virtual welder then receives a score, allowing them to compete against others on board for the highest score In addition to the welding simulators, the 53 foot, single expandable trailer has 650 square feet of exhibit space that includes a display wall featuring eleven industry segments with trivia questions, fun facts, and industry artifacts; a “Day in the Life of a Welder” exhibit with videos depicting real-life environments in which welders work; a life size welder highlighting welding as a safe profession; a social media kiosk allowing visitors to take their photo and post to Facebook or email to a friend; welding scholarship information and more.

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