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Milwaukee Air & Water Show
July 21, 2018
July 22, 2018
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Milwaukee Air & Water Show
July 20, 2015
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2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53211, United States

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show, sponsored by Waterstone Bank, offers one of the top air shows in the Midwest along the city’s gorgeous lakefront. This year, they’re proud to announce the Grand Return of the U.S. Air Force Jet Demonstration Squadron – the “Thunderbirds,” aka “America’s Ambassadors in Blue.”

The USAF F-15E “Strike Eagles” will also perform with 2-ship formations, straight from the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB.


An “M” for Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show we snapped from Back Bay Park on Milwaukee’s East Side.

Other exciting acts to perform in Milwaukee’s skies this July include the U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon Patrol Aircraft, U.S. Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Team, the USAF T-38 “Talons”in 2-3 ship formation, the return of the U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthogs, the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super-Hornet Tactical Demonstration Squadron, the Wisconsin Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker straight from Milwaukee’s own 128th Air Refueling Wing base, and the Firebirds X-treme Team. Solo aerobatics and stunts will be performed by Bill Stein, Mike Wiscus, Jack Knutson, Matt Chapman, and Lt. Colonel Josh “Tater” Boudreaux of the “Wild Blue Rodeo.”

On the waters of Lake Michigan, check out the USCGC Bristol Bay (WLB), a 225-foot multi-mission buoy tender out of Detroit; a NEW Water Show act from Milwaukee’s own Dennis Pinter, who will demonstrate the “Air Chair” on the water! Daredevil and Pro Flyboard competitor Casey “Swizzle” McElwee will also perform with his Hydroflyte and Flyboard act. You can also check out the Milwaukee Fire Department’s “Trident Fireboat,” which will demonstrate its capabilities on the water, and witness an HH-60 Jayhawk Rescue Helicopter Air-Sea Rescue Demostration courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station out of Traverse City, Michigan.

Milwaukee Air & Water Show, two planes

You can watch from Bradford Beach and many other areas along Milwaukee’s lakefront for free. Ticketed areas offer the closest proximity, the best views, hosted narration, the best access to concessions, and great seating. This is definitely a benchmark summer event in Milwaukee! U.S. 18, Highways 32, 36, 38, 57, 59, 145, 190 and more all bring to within eye (and definitely ear!) shot of the show.

Milwaukee Air & Water Show Address:

2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 482-2069

Milwaukee Air & Water Show Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 20

Air Show Practice, 11am – 3pm
Food & Beverage, 10am – 6pm
Air Show Exhibits, 10am – 6pm
Air Show Box Office, 10am – 8pm

Saturday, July 21

Air Show Box Office, 8am – 8pm
Water Show begins at 10am
Daily Air Show, 12pm – 4pm
USAF Thunderbirds, 3pm

Sunday, July 22

Air Show Box Office, 8am – 8pm
Water Show begins at 10am
Daily Air Show, 12pm – 4pm
USAF Thunderbirds, 3pm