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Milwaukee Air & Water Show
July 24, 2021
July 25, 2021
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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
Wisconsin Weekend: Milwaukee Air & Water Show

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show, sponsored by Waterstone Bank and First Station Media, offers one of the top air shows in the Midwest along the city’s gorgeous lakefront. After being cancelled in 2020, they’ve announced new dates for 2021: Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th. In December 2020, it was announced that the U.S. Air Force Jet Demonstration Squadron – the “Thunderbirds,” aka “America’s Ambassadors in Blue,” would make their return to the show.

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

Other exciting acts having performed 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 have been 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, you’ve been able to enjoy the USCGC Bristol Bay (WLB), a 225-foot multi-mission buoy tender out of Detroit; a Water Show act from Milwaukee’s own Dennis Pinter, who demonstrated the “Air Chair” on the water! Daredevil and Pro Flyboard competitor Casey “Swizzle” McElwee who performed with his Hydroflyte and Flyboard act. We also hope to see the return of the Milwaukee Fire Department’s “Trident Fireboat,” which demonstrates 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 (tentative, based on 2019’s Schedule):

Saturday, July 24

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

Sunday, July 25

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