United787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2518 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2784 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.
IRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1072 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2679 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.
Leelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2654 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.
Airfinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 662 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2625 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.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2081 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2476 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.
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3136 posts, RR: 5 Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2396 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.
AirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2392 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.
Elvisisalive From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2357 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.
Airfinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 662 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2254 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...
FutureFO From St. Vincent and the Grenadines, joined Oct 2001, 3120 posts, RR: 22 Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2243 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.
BlueSky1976 From Poland, joined Jul 2004, 1814 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2238 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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