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Chicago Air Show - No Commercial Aircraft - Why?  
User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2714 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3396 times:

Does anyone know why there are no commercial aircraft doing a fly-by at the Chicago Air & Water Show this weekend? With Boeing being headquartered in Chicago, you would think it would be a great opportunity, they already are a sponsor. I would love to see a 747 or 777 do a low fast buzz over the beach. The closest thing we get to a commercial aircraft is the KC-10. Even the military versions of the 737 or 767 would be awesome. With the 777-200LR just finishing its world tour it could have flown to Chicago and back from Seattle in without even stopping. It is, after all, the oldest and largest free air show in the US.

I assume some of the Boeing employees that contribute on A-net could make my dreams come true.

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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3868 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

There was a Midway Airlines MD-80 fly-by back in the 80s. If I recall correctly, it was piloted by an airline executive.


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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4107 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3350 times:

I thought they usually had an AA 772 fly-by...well they did the years I was there anyway.

User currently offlineIRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

I sure do miss that air show. Remember I went when I was around 12 or 13 or so...got on the beach, sat down, and watched as a B-2, B-52, B-1B, F-16, and a multitude of other craft flew over me, over Lake Shore Drive, and around. They even did a sea rescue demo with one of the helicopter squads. It was an awesome experience.

-IR


User currently onlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3043 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

Speaking of the air and water show, who is going?

User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

Probably because there is no static display of aircraft anywhere. Commercial aircraft fly by the Chicago lakefront 24/7 so a low level commercial fly-by wouldn't necessarily create a lot of excitement. Nevertheless, you'd think Boeing Commercial would have found an interesting way to exploit this venue by now.

User currently offlineAirfinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 667 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3237 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 2):
I thought they usually had an AA 772 fly-by...well they did the years I was there anyway.

No, AA nor any other airline has ever had a 777 fly-by at the Chicago Air & Water Show. Last year or the year before, however, at about 9 am on the Saturday of the show, American Eagle had an ERJ perform a fly-by at about 300' AWL (above water level!) I also agree that it would be great if Boeing had their 777LR show up! But historically the Chicago show has been a military-themed show with a few aerobatic performers mixed in.

Rumor has it that this year we might see an F-22. Can anyone confirm this? (Or am I confusing the F-22 with the UA 757 w/ winglets?)

If anyone who lives in Chicago and hasn't seen the show, its a great time! Worth the hassle getting down there. But just be prepared to deal with 1 million other people who feel the same way.



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User currently offlineCHI787ORD From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 533 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3222 times:

I think United should show off one of their 747s or 777s in the new livery and do a close fly by. They are "Chicago's hometown airline" afterall.  Smile

User currently offlineCLE757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

You can see a Continental 737ng at the Cleveland National Airshow in September.


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User currently offlineCopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1092 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

A low flying commercial aircraft could be a security threat--it could have been hijacked by a terrorist! Mayor Daley, we love ya!

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Quoting CHI787ORD (Reply 7):
I think United should show off one of their 747s or 777s in the new livery and do a close fly by. They are "Chicago's hometown airline" afterall.

Elk Grove Village, suburb next to me  Silly


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

The Ft. Lauderdale, FL (McDonalds Air and Sea Show) this past May had several low and slow, dirty and clean (alternately) passes by an AA 777. And last year or the year before they had MD-80 and 757 or 767 (can't recall) do fly by's in a very, very loose formation.

But cool nonetheless, and the passes are low.



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User currently offlineBravogolf From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

The F22 is listed on the program of performers.

User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

I remember going to the Chicago Air and Sea Show back in 2002 and watching it from the Navy Pier on the Sunday Show. It was about an hour before the official airshow started and they were just doing the wave runner stuff I think, I went on one of the Boat tours- the Big Dog, Mad dog or whatever that big yellow speedboat is that takes you out on the lake. In the distance I could see an ERJ doing passes back and forth a few times, it must have been the Eagle ERJ. Again, this was about an hour before any aviation acts started though.

User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

Chicago has an airshow with 747's and A330's everday - over at KORD that is! Perhaps with Boeing having their new HQ there they might want to make this show a little more than what it is today, but right now I just don't think the show is marketed like that of Farnborough or Paris.

User currently offlineBistro1200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2982 times:

Is there any use to bring a scanner to the show? Or are they mostly military freqs (which my bearcat doesn't get)?


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User currently offlineElvisisalive From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2969 times:

Was at the practice day on Friday, my friend has a boat on lake Michigan
so the planes go right over your head.

Loudest plane was the B1 but the F15 pilot really tore it up . The Thunderbirds were doing the high show and was pretty good until 1 F16
left the area, leaving a 3 plane diamond. I don't know if it was just because
it was a practice day but the Thunderbirds display seemed to end early.

Got some pictures of the B2 and the F14 from last years show, but I am a newbie so I now have to figure out how to get into the net.


User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 2937 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 10):
Elk Grove Village, suburb next to me Silly

M.G/ Skokie -- i get all departing eastbound planes. and occasionally the int'l European flights.



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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2900 times:

Up at MKE we have a B-52 parked at the 128th Air Refueling Wing area. Maybe it is parked there for the Chi air show.


Sean from MCO and MKE



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User currently offlineAirfinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 667 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

Just got back from today's show. Pretty good stuff. They had 2 FA-22's, and I think they said they were there just today, not tomorrow. The B-1B was great, as usual. The F-15 and F-18's were cool. KC-10 & KC-135.

Quoting FutureFO (Reply 18):
Up at MKE we have a B-52 parked at the 128th Air Refueling Wing area. Maybe it is parked there for the Chi air show.

The B-52 was indeed staying up a MKE for the Chicago Air Show. Very cool display.

All in all a great show. The Thunderbirds were great as usual. For the most part it was a 'low show." The cloud deck was at about 2500' until 2pm.

The best part was the United 757 new colors with winglets...  Wink



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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2855 times:

I maybe a bit biased but I much prefer the Blue Angels over the Thunderchickens. The F/A18 is overall the better airplane and the Blues have a much better routine and show. I am glad we got the Blues and Fat Albert in MKE for our airshow last month.



Sean from MCO and MKE



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User currently offlineBlueSky1976 From Poland, joined Jul 2004, 1889 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

Quoting FutureFO (Reply 20):
I maybe a bit biased but I much prefer the Blue Angels over the Thunderchickens. The F/A18 is overall the better airplane and the Blues have a much better routine and show. I am glad we got the Blues and Fat Albert in MKE for our airshow last month.

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