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Milwaukee Air & Water Show 2020

  • Event name / Názov akcie: Milwaukee Air & Water Show
  • Event location / Miesto konania: Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Event type / Druh akcie: air show / letecký deň
  • Starting / Termín konania : June 2020 / jún 2020
  • Duration / Dĺžka trvania akcie: 2 days / dni

Airshow Description / O leteckej akcii

Airshow called Milwaukee Air & Water Show 2020 is held in June 2020 and will take 2 days. This air show is taking place at Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI, USA. The famous team USN Blue Angels will be presented at this action.

Letecká udalosť Milwaukee Air & Water Show 2020 sa koná jún 2020 a potrvá 2 dni, letecký deň sa koná v Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI, USA. Na leteckej akcii vystúpi letecká skupina USN Blue Angels.

Teams / Účastníci

  • Event participants / Účastníci: USN Blue Angels

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Location map / Mapa Lakefront, Milwaukee, WI, USA

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  1. Milwaukee Air & Water Show

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Why is there an Air & Water Show in Milwaukee?
    There are substantial benefits that the Milwaukee Air & Water Show provides to the community of Greater Milwaukee, the hospitality industry, and downtown Milwaukee businesses. The Air & Water Show is now Milwaukee’s largest free event for the general public, and the most recognized family-oriented event. It is a major destination event that brings both out of state and interstate tourism to the City of Milwaukee. The Air & Water Show also supports countywide efforts to promote the Lakefront as well as the new and improved Bradford Beach, and provides a significant economic
    impact to the local economy.

    The Milwaukee Air & Water offers corporate outreach opportunities, as well as an unmatched platform for Wisconsin-based businesses to offer corporate hospitality and entertainment, as well as company outings. The event also supports community service opportunities, by offering event space for non-profit fundraising organizations. During 2011, the event also completed its first volunteer partnership with Community Projects for Seniors, a longstanding, local non-profit organization serving senior citizens in the community. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show also a model for a public-private partnership to promote special events, and brings together the corporate sponsor community.
    What is the cost to attend the Air Show?
    The Air Show is a free event for the general public.
    Is there reserved seating?
    YES, we now offer four levels of reserved seating and parking at the events center-point, offering prime viewing of the air and water show. Tickets and passes may be purchased on the home page of this website.
    Are there any discounts for seating, such as senior and military discounts?
    At this time, there are no discounts for reserved seating.
    Is there an official Air Show hotel partner?
    Yes. Marcus Hotels and Resorts is the official hotel partner of the air and water show. Great hotel packages can be reserved by visiting
    Where can I park?
    There are many parking lots available at the lakefront. The BEST parking locations are along Lincoln Memorial Drive, between Veteran’s Park, and north to Bradford Beach.

    Milwaukee County Parks parking lots will be open early to the general public for parking, so please arrive early!
    Is the Air Show handicap accessible?
    Yes. Handicapped parking will be available along Lincoln Memorial Drive, and at Veteran’s Park.
    Where do we go for the best place to watch the Air Show?
    The Air Show grounds are located along Lincoln Memorial Drive between Veteran’s Park and Bradford Beach. To experience the BEST viewing, walk NORTH from Veteran’s Park.
    What are the times of the Air Show?
    The Air Show begins daily at 11 a.m., will end at approximately 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The Water Show is scheduled daily, beginning at approx. 10 a.m.
    Do you have a schedule that shows exactly what time each air show act will perform?
    No. The program is the same both days (Saturday & Sunday), we do not have a schedule that shows exactly when each air show act performs. The air show schedule is primarily determined by the air show director and the pilots during the day of the event, taking weather into consideration. You can count on the headliners (such as the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels) performing last, and usually at the top of the hour.
    Do you have a schedule of what time each performer will perform?
    No. The program is the same both days (Saturday & Sunday), we do not have a schedule of who will be performing at what time, and this is decided by the pilots the day of the event. You can count on the headliners performing last.
    What should I bring with me to the Air Show?
    Suggested items include sunscreen protection, hats, cameras, small collapsible chairs, or beach towels. All carry-in items and persons are subject to search.
    Can I bring my pet?
    Yes. All pets MUST be kept on a leash.
    What items are prohibited from being brought onto the Air Show festival grounds?

    No Alcoholic Beverages / Open Containers
    No BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
    No Fireworks or Explosives
    No Illegal Substances & Weapons
    No Glass

    Failure to comply with the above may result in entry being denied. All containers will be subject to search.
    Are cameras allowed?
    Cameras are allowed. Please be aware that camera bags are subject to search.
    When do boat restrictions start on the lake?
    Starting at 8am. Follow the lead of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Police Marine Units with regard to the air show safety zone.
    Is there food and beverages available at the Air Show?
    Yes, there will be many vendors with a wide array of food and beverage options at the event, located along Lincoln Memorial Drive.
    Where can I purchase Official Merchandise of Milwaukee Air & Water Show?
    Official Air Show merchandise and other items will be available on the Air Show grounds at several locations along Lincoln Memorial Drive.
    Will I need money for anything else?
    You’ll want to bring some cash for food, beverages and souvenirs. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show has an array of fantastic food vendors, with an excellent view of the Air Show.
    Is there a kid’s area at the Air Show?
    Yes. There will be a special „Kid’s Zone“ located along Lincoln Memorial Drive that will offer Inflatable rides, bounce houses, and other kids games.
    What else is happening at the Air Show?
    There will be many exhibits, sponsor displays, military recruiting areas, simulator rides, real jet cockpits, and other special attractions at the Air Show.
    What happens if it rains, or if the weather is cloudy and / or misty with low ceilings?
    The Air Show goes on rain or shine, however, the operation of the air show is always subject to the following conditions: precipitation, severe weather, minimum ceilings or other metrological conditions that affect the safety of flight.
    Can I watch the Air Show from my boat?
    Since the Milwaukee Air & Water Show is flown over Lake Michigan, it is great to watch from a boat. Please keep your boat behind the safety area marked by the U. S. Coast Guard to safely enjoy the show.
    Where can I find more information about hotels and things to do in Milwaukee?
    The Air Show does not have any static displays of aircraft at the lakefront. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is unique in that it is performed over Lake Michigan and Bradford Beach rather than at the airport.
    Does the Milwaukee Air & Water Show have aircraft static displays?
    The Air Show does not have any static displays. This Air Show is unique in that it is performed over Lake Michigan and Bradford Beach rather than at an airport.

  2. Milwaukee Air & Water Show

    Schedule of Events
    Saturday August 11th:
    Water Show 9:00 am – 11:30 am
    Air Show 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday August 12th
    Water Show 9:00 am – 11:30 am
    Air Show 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

    * Air show goes on rain or shine, and is subject to minimum ceiling height of cloud bases, visibility, or other significant weather.

    * All air show acts are subject to change and / or cancellation due to operational schedules, aircraft availability, and weather considerations, at the sole discretion of the promoter.

    * Absolutely no refunds or exchanges.

  3. Milwaukee Air & Water Show

    Air Show Runs Rain Or Shine • All Acts and Times Subject To Change

    Black Diamonds Jet Team
    America’s Premier Civilian Jet Squadron

    Status: Confirmed
    The Black Diamond Jet Team is a seven-ship, high-performance jet aerobatic, civilian-owned team, based in Lakeland, FL. The team features five L-39 Albatross and two MiG-17s Jets, all in the Arctic camouflage paint scheme. The Black Diamond Jet Team is an exciting addition to the Milwaukee Air Show, and has recently added a MiG-17 aircraft as Opposing Solo, enabling the team to present a more uniform, exciting flying show. The Black Diamond Jet Team is truly an amazing air show act, with incredible performance capabilities, pilots, crew and aircraft, and is bringing the same team members and dedication to an exciting 2012 season that promises to entertain air show fans throughout the country.

    The Black Diamond Jet Team has dedicated their 2011 and 2012 seasons on the North American air show circuit to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The team’s members are working with local Make-A-Wish chapters at the air shows and other venues to raise awareness of the organization’s work and promote its efforts to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The team has taken an active role in their participation with this charitable organization, going above and beyond a simple donation. The team members meet with Make-A-Wish children at each show, sign autographs, give them gifts, and ensure that each show site has a VIP tent for the Make-A-Wish children. Black Diamond has also worked with Make-A-Wish to auction off charity jet rides for the benefit of the foundation.

    Learn About The Team Members

    U.S. Navy – Leapfrogs Parachute Demonstration Team
    „Navy Seals“

    Status: Confirmed
    The U.S. Navy Parachute Team is a fifteen-man team comprised entirely of U.S. Navy SEAL and SWCC commandos. Each member comes to the team for a three-year tour from one of the two Naval Special Warfare Groups located on the east and west coasts. On completion of the tour, members return to operational units. The parachute team began in 1969 when Navy SEALs and Frogmen volunteered to perform at weekend air shows. The team was officially commissioned as the U.S. Navy Parachute Team „Leap Frogs“ in 1974 by the Chief of Naval Operations and assigned the mission of demonstrating Navy excellence throughout the United States. The Leap Frogs support Navy recruiting efforts and promote the Naval Special Warfare community to the American public. A typical Leap Frogs performance consists of fourteen jumpers leaping out of an aircraft at an altitude of 12,500 feet. During free fall, jumpers reach speeds of 120 mph and can accelerate up to 180 mph by pulling their arms to their sides and straightening their legs into what is called a „track.“ The jumpers typically open their parachutes at around 5,000 feet by releasing a smaller pilot chute which deploys their main blue-and-gold canopy. After deploying their chutes, the Leap Frogs fly their canopies together to build dramatic canopy-relative work formations. The Leap Frogs are renowned for exciting and complex formations such as downplanes, sideplanes, dragplanes, diamonds, big stacks, tri-by-sides, and T formations.

    U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Aerial Demonstration Team

    The F-22 Raptor is the world’s only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft and combines stealth design with supersonic, highly maneuverable, dual-engine technology. The F-22 provides America with the most equipped fighter aircraft against a possible air threat.

    Air Force „Heritage Flight“

    Status: Confirmed
    With a Real vintage WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning Warbird!
    The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation celebrates U.S. air power history by providing Heritage Flight demonstrations around the world. These performances feature modern fighter/attack aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korea and Vietnam-era aircraft in a dramatic display of our nation’s air power history. Our formations serve as a living memorial to the men and women who have served-or are currently serving-in the U.S. Air Force. Heritage Flights are flown at events ranging from open houses and air shows to sporting events, parades and funerals. Since its inception in 1997, the Heritage Flight program has supported hundreds of events and touched millions of people. The HF team currently consists of nine civilian pilots qualified to fly vintage warbirds in formation with modern USAF single-ship demonstration teams and F-4 pilots. Heritage Flights seek to honor the contributions of every man and woman who has served in the USAF while educating the general public on the importance of the USAF and its mission.

    US Navy F/A-18 – Super Hornet Demonstration Team

    Status: Confirmed
    As part of the 2012 Navy Week and War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration in Milwaukee, The United States Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team will showcase the jet’s capabilities during the 2012 Milwaukee Air & Water Show. The F/A-18 Super Hornet is a multi-role aircraft designed to attack air, ground and sea-based targets. The aircraft demonstrated its proficiency and versatility during Operation Desert Storm, shooting down enemy fighters and then bombing their targets with the same aircraft on the same mission. The F/A-18 pilots and crews are currently supporting ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. F/A-18 Hornets are currently operating in 37 tactical squadrons worldwide and from 10 aircraft carriers. The F/A-18 Hornet It is proudly flown by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron.

    Navy – „Tailhook Legacy Flight“

    Status: Confirmed
    The US Navy Legacy Flight program was established in 1999. It involves today’s state-of-the-art fighters flying in close formation with vintage World War II, Korean War and Vietnam Navy and Marine Corps fighters such as F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F8F Bearcat F4U Corsair, FG1D Corsair, AD-4 Skyraider, FJ4 Fury Seafury and A4B Skyhawk aircraft.Its mission is to safely and proudly display the evolution of United States Naval airpower and to support the Navy and Marine Corps‘ recruiting and retention efforts. TAC DEMO aircraft and pilots are supplied by the various F-18 fighter/strike wings. The vintage warbird USN/USMC aircraft and pilots are provided by their civilian owners. There are currently nine, civilian-owned and operated warbirds that participate in the Navy Legacy Flight program. These aircraft represent the Navy’s living history from WWII through Korea.

    US Marine Corps – MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Demonstration Team

    Status: Confirmed
    As part of the 2012 Navy Week and War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration in Milwaukee, The United States Marines, will for the first time in Milwaukee, showcase the flight and mission capabilities of the MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor aircraft, over the waters of Lake Michigan. The MV-22 Osprey, with their main mission being assault support, offers twice the speed, three times the payload, five times the range, and can fly more than twice as high as the aging fleet of CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters helicopters it is replacing. As the Marine Corps‘ number one aviation acquisition priority, the Osprey is a cornerstone of the capstone concept of Expeditionary maneuver warfare. The Marine Corps is planning on transitioning two squadrons a year to the new airframe until all squadrons have made the conversion. The Marine Corps receives more than 150 requests for Osprey demonstrations each year, and Milwaukee has been selected. Air Show participants are reminded that the Marine Corps does not have a dedicated MV-22 Osprey team, so that even those Marines doing the air show demonstration are fleet Marines who train and operate in the continental U.S. and conduct missions in support of current operations around the world. \While the Marine Corps makes every effort to ensure selected sites receive designated aerial support, Marine Corps aviation units may cancel a scheduled appearance at any time due to unforeseen operational, training or safety requirements.

    U.S. Air Force – C-17 Demonstration Team

    Status: Pending Final Confirmation
    The C-17 is used for rapid strategic airlift of troops and cargo to main operating bases or forward operating bases throughout the world. The C-17 is also capable of performing tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop missions. The first production model was delivered to Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina on 14 July 1993. The C-17 has broken 22 records for oversized payloads. The C-17 was awarded US aviation’s most prestigious award, the Collier Trophy in 1994. A report to Congress detailing operations in Kosovo and Operation Allied Force noted that „One of the great success stories&&was the performance of the Air Force’s C-17A. The C-17 flew half of the strategic airlift missions required in the operation. The aircraft allowed for deliveries via small airfields, greatly assisting the deployment; and rapid turnaround times allowed for efficient utilization. C-17’s were used to deliver military goods and humanitarian aid during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. On 26 March 2003, 15 USAF C-17s participated in the biggest combat airdrop since the United States invasion of Panama in December 1989: the night-time airdrop of 1,000 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade occurred over Bashur, Iraq. USAF C-17s have also been used to assist allies in their airlift requirements, including Canadian vehicles to Afghanistan in 2003 and the deployment of Australian forces during the Australian-led military deployment to East Timor in 2006. In late 2006, There have been several occasions where a C-17 has been used to transport the President himself.

    440th Airlift Wing C-130 Hercules

    Status: Confirmed
    The Milwaukee Air & Water Show has once again invited the 440th Airlift Wing to participate in the 2012 Milwaukee Air & Water Show! Established in 1949 as the 440th Troop Carrier Wing, the 440th has been a proud member of the Milwaukee community for many years. Flying the C-130 Hercules, the 44oth Airlift Wing is currently based at Pope AFB.

    US Coast Guard C-130 Hercules

    Status: Pending Final Confirmation
    Never before seen over Lake Michigan at an air show, an HC-130 Hercules (H = Search and Rescue) from one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Air Stations has been invited to perform in the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, as part of the Navy and Coast Guard Week demonstrations and events during the air and water show.

    US Coast Guard HC-144
    „Ocean Sentry“

    Status: Pending Final Confirmation
    The HC-144A „Ocean Sentry“ is a Maritime Patrol Aircraft produced by the Spanish subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS). The CN-235A (official USCG designation HC-144A) is currently being produced and delivered to the Coast Guard. The aircraft were certified as the all-around Coast Guard choice for its Medium Range Surveillance (MRS) Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) by then Commandant Adm. Thomas Collins, in 2003. The HC-144A will assume Coast Guard medium range surveillance and transport requirements, replacing the HU-25 and some HC-130s. The Ocean Sentry has the capability to perform aerial delivery of search and rescue equipment such as rafts, pumps, and flares, and it can serve as an on-scene commander platform for homeland security missions, since it is outfitted with the IDS Command and Control (C2) System, and the start-of-the-art C4ISR suite of sensors and avionics. The HC-144As modern C4ISR suite, modular cabin, miserly fuel consumption rate, and short field takeoff and landing capability make it uniquely suited for USCG missions.

    U.S. Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin

    Status: Confirmed
    The HH-65A Dolphin assists the Coast Guard missions of search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, as well as maritime homeland security missions. Each year, the HH-65A Dolphin was estimated by the Coast Guard to be instrumental in saving 375 lives and with assists on over two thousand drug interdiction cases. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is once again proud to feature the HH-65A from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich.

    U.S. Navy – P-3 Orion
    (Patrol Aircraft)
    „Outlaw Hunter“

    Status: Invited
    As part of 2012 Navy Week in Milwaukee, a rare look at a Lockheed P-3 Orion is expected this year. The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft developed for the United States Navy and introduced in the 1960s. Lockheed based its design on the L-188 Electra commercial airliner. The aircraft is easily recognizable by its distinctive tail stinger or „MAD Boom“, used for the magnetic detection of submarines. The P-3 Orion is still in use by numerous navies and air forces around the world, primarily for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. A total of 734 P-3s have been built, and by 2012, it will join the handful of military aircraft such as the Boeing B-52 Strato-fortress which have served 50 years of continuous use with its original primary customer, in this case, the United States Navy. The U.S. Navy’s remaining P-3C aircraft will eventually be replaced by the Boeing P-8A Poseidon.

    U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye
    „Super Fudd“

    Status: Pending Final Confirmation
    Performing in the 2010 Milwaukee and Water Show, another Navy E-2C Hawkeye is expected to fly in the show again this year. The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is an American all-weather, aircraft carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft. This twin-turboprop aircraft was designed and developed during the late 1950s and early 1960s by the Grumman Aircraft Company for the United States Navy as a replacement for the earlier E-1 Tracer, which was rapidly becoming obsolete. E-2 performance has been upgraded with the E-2B, and E-2C versions, where most of the changes were made to the radar and radio communications due to advances in electronic integrated circuits and other electronics. The fourth version of the Hawkeye is the E-2D, which first flew in 2007. The E-2 also received the nickname „Super Fudd because it replaced the E-1 Tracer „Willy Fudd“. In recent decades, the E-2 has been commonly referred to as the „Hummer“ because of the distinctive sounds of its turboprop engines, quite unlike that of turbojet and turbofan jet engines. The E-2 and its sister, the C-2 Greyhound, are currently the only propeller airplanes that operate from aircraft carriers. In addition to U.S. Navy service, smaller numbers of E-2s have been sold to the armed forces of Egypt, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and Taiwan.

    U.S. Navy – EA-6B Prowler
    „Electric Intruder“

    Status: Invited
    The Northrop Grumman (formerly Grumman) EA-6B Prowler is a twin-engine, mid-wing electronic warfare aircraft modified from the basic A-6 Intruder airframe. The EA-6B has been in service with the U.S. Armed Forces from 1971 through the present, during which it has carried out numerous missions for jamming enemy radar systems, and in gathering radio intelligence on those and other enemy air defense systems. In addition, the EA-6B is capable of carrying and firing anti-radiation missiles (ARM), such as the Shrike missile and the HARM missile. The aircrew of the EA-6B consists of one pilot and three Electronic Countermeasures Officers. Since the 1998 retirement of the United States Air Force EF-111 Raven electronic warfare aircraft, the EA-6B has been the only dedicated electronic warfare plane available for missions by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Air Force until the fielding of the Navy’s EA-18G Growler in 2009 (2 seat FA-18 version).

    U.S. Air Force – B-1B Lancer
    „The Bone“

    Status: Pending Final Confirmation
    Thrilling the crowd and skies over Milwaukee’s lakefront in 2011, we have again invited the U.S. Air Force to bring its best crowd-pleaser to the 2012 Milwaukee and Water Show. The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a four-engine, variable-sweep wing strategic bomber used by the United States Air Force. First envisioned in the 1960s as a supersonic bomber with sufficient range and payload to replace the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, it developed primarily into a low-level penetrator with long range and supersonic speed capability. The B-1B entered service with the United States Air Force in 1986, for use in the Strategic Air Command as a nuclear bomber. In the 1990s, it was converted to conventional bombing use. It was first used in combat during Operation Desert Fox in 1998 and during the NATO action in Kosovo the following year. The B-1B continues to support U.S. and NATO military in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Lancer is the supersonic component of the USAF’s long-range bomber force, along with the subsonic B-52 and Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. The bomber is commonly called the „Bone“ (originally from „B-One“). With the retirement of the General Dynamics/Grumman EF-111A Raven in 1998 and the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in 2006, the B-1B is the U.S. military’s only active variable-sweep wing aircraft.

    Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing
    KC-135 Stratotanker

    Status: Pending Confirmation
    The 128th Air Refueling Wing is a team partner in the Total Force, serving proudly in U.S. global contingency and homeland defense roles and missions, providing federal and state partners a Ready, Reliable, Relevant, and Respected force; demonstrating the core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do. Air National Guardsmen are delivering combat and support capability, serving Wisconsin and the United States, ready stateside, and on call worldwide. The 128th Air Refueling Wing continues to face a high operational tempo and increasingly demanding Air Expeditionary Force rotations overseas. The 128th Air Refueling Wing has a rich flying history, and has maintained best fleet of KC-135 aircraft in the world. Few other units have had the tactical and strategic airpower experiences of the 128th Air Refueling Wing. The flight crews of the 128th have equally high standards of performance and knowledge. The 128th is an essential part of the defense of the homeland and the on-going Global War on Terror.

    U.S. Air Force – B-2 Spirit
    „Stealth Bomber“

    Status: Pending Final Confirmation
    The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (also known as the Stealth Bomber) is an American heavy bomber with „low observable“ stealth technology designed to penetrate dense anti-aircraft defenses and deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons. Because of its considerable capital and operational costs, the project was controversial in the U.S. Congress and among the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The total program cost, which includes development, engineering and testing, averaged US$2.1 billion per aircraft. Twenty B-2s are operated by the United States Air Force. Though originally designed in the 1980s for Cold War operations scenarios, B-2s were first used in combat to drop bombs on Serbia during the Kosovo War in 1999, and saw continued use during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. One aircraft was lost in 2008 when it crashed just after takeoff; the crew ejected safely. The B-2 is the only aircraft that can carry large air to surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration. The program has been the subject of espionage and counter-espionage activity and the B-2 has provided prominent public spectacles at air shows since the 1990s.

    U.S. Air Force – B-52 Stratofortress „BUFF“

    Status: Pending Final Confirmation
    The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, who have continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. The bomber carries up to 70,000 pounds (32,000 kg) of weapons.[4] Beginning with the successful contract bid on 5 June 1946, the B-52 design evolved from a straight-wing aircraft powered by six turboprop engines to the final prototype YB-52 with eight turbojet engines and swept wings. The B-52 took its maiden flight in April 1952. Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War-era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36. The B-52 has been in active service with the USAF since 1955. Superior performance at high subsonic speeds and relatively low operating costs have kept the B-52 in service despite the advent of later aircraft, including the Mach 3 North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the variable-geometry Rockwell B-1B Lancer, and the stealthy Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. The B-52 marked its 50th anniversary of continuous service with its original operator in 2005.

    U.S. Navy – S-80 / MH-53E
    Sea Dragon

    Status: Invited
    Though the original Sikorsky S-65 production models have only two engines, the S-80/H-53E has three engines each of 4,380 shp, and is the most powerful helicopter ever built outside Russia. Equipped with drop tanks and, later inflight-refuelling probes, the CH-53’s were delivered to the US Navy from the summer of 1973 and about 19 remained in US Navy service in early 2003. The CH-53E was developed to meet a 1973 demand for an upgraded heavy-lift transport for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. From it was developed the MH-53E Sea Dragon. This definitive MCM (mine countermeasures) version has enormously enlarged side sponsons for an extra 3785 liters of fuel, for extended sweeping missions with the engines at sustained high power. Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadrons HM-14 and HM-15 are United States Navy helicopter squadrons based at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Nicknamed the „Vanguard“ and flying the MH-53E Sea Dragon, they comprise both active duty and reserve personnel. HM-14 and HM-15’s missions are to stand ready to deploy anywhere in the world within 72 hours via US Air Force C-5 Galaxy to provide airborne mine countermeasures and vertical onboard delivery support. Additionally, humanitarian and disaster relief tasking has been increasing in recent years. Recognizing the capabilities of the MH-53E, the squadrons can also provide platforms for United States Navy EOD and Force Recon paratroopers.

    The Lima Lima Flight Team

    Status: Confirmed
    A Milwaukee favorite, we are once again proud to host the world’s only original six aircraft civilian formation aerobatic team! The Lima Lima Flight Team demonstration is flown with six T-34C Mentor (Beechcraft) airplanes, It includes several formation configurations, from the six ship wedge and double arrowhead, to the basic finger four and diamond formations. The team has developed a series of formation aerobatics maneuvers which demonstrate the full range of the T-34 performance envelope.

    Goulian Aerosports

    Status: Confirmed
    The Goulian air show team will be performing at over 20 of North America’s top air shows in 2012, including the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, in his Whelen Extra 330SC, the world’s newest custom-built premiere aerobatic aircraft. Produced by Extra Aircraft of Germany, the 330SC is lighter, faster and more maneuverable than any other aircraft of this type. The main difference between the 330SC and Mike’s former air show aircraft, the 300SHP, is its wing design. The new wing and increased maneuverability gives Mike’s aircraft an even faster roll rate and gives him the ability to take his air show performance to an even higher level of extreme aerobatics. The Extra tumbles and rotates at awe inspiring rates in almost any attitude, which gives world class pilot Mike Goulian the freedom to use his imagination to create a show to leave the fans wanting more! You will also find Goulian and his team at the magnificent AirVenture Convention in Oshkosh, WI and Sun ‚n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, FL. Both of these events bring out the pilots and aviation enthusiasts which allow Goulian and his sponsors to interact with many of their friends, fans, and customers. All in all, 2012 looks like it will be a very busy and action packed year for Goulian Aerosports. The team hopes to see you at many of the shows this summer.

    Firebirds EXTREME TEAM Extra 300S and MX-2 Aircraft

    Status: Confirmed
    Jack Knutson and Rob Holland will indeed push the limits as they perform their Dynamic Duo Show! Full of energy and excitement for all to enjoy. Jack Knutson flies the ever-popular Extra 300S while Rob Holland flies the advanced MX-2. What results is one of the BEST Formation & XTREME aerobatic teams in the country&the Firebirds XTREME. The team will perform a series of hardcore, gyroscopic aerobatic maneuvers all while staying in your sight the entire time. The show is filled with numerous low passes, XTREME head on passes and graceful formation maneuvers. The show is accompanied with professionally choreographed music and cockpit narration. Don’t miss the „Firebirds XTREME!

    Rob Holland – Ultimate Airshows MXS-RH Aircraft

    Status: Confirmed
    The sky is NOT the limit. Rob Holland is proof. „How did he do that?!?!“ When you experience the thrill of watching Rob Holland flying the Veteran Home Loans MXS/RH at airshows across North America, that is exactly what you will be asking yourself. Millions of people have marveled over Rob’s non-stop, action packed airshow routine. Stepping off his Gold Medal Finish at the 8th World Advanced Aerobatic Championships, Rob brings a whole new and exciting set of world-class maneuvers to his performance year after year! Flying the MXS/RH Aerobatic Aircraft by MX Aircraft Ultimate Airshows brings unrivaled performance in the sky over America’s best airshows. Rob Holland pushes the envelope of the most advanced aerobatic aircraft in the airshow industry today. With a high energy mixture of both high and low altitude maneuvers, Rob will delight and amaze your audience while remaining well within his high margin of safety. Sit back, and strap in& Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows is coming back to Milwaukee!

    Bill Stein Airshows Edge 540 Aircraft

    Status: Confirmed
    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. His passion for precision flying is evident in his dazzling air show routine. He trains every day so that his skills stay razor sharp, and to maintain the all-out energy and excitement he puts into his air show sequence. Bill’s experience includes competitive aerobatics and years of flying on the world famous Red Baron Stearman Squadron. Bill also gives back to the air show community by mentoring new air show pilots including coaching the „Stars of Tomorrow“ team which have performed at many prestigious air shows including the EAA AirVenture Air Show. Bill carries a Commercial Pilot Certificate with airplane multi-engine and single-engine instrument ratings. He has flown air shows in the Pitts Special, Globe Swift, Boeing Stearman, and in his current airplane: The state-of-the-art Zivko Edge 540.

    Lucas Oil AirShows / Mike Wiscus S-1-1-11b SS Super Modified Pitts Aircraft

    Status: Confirmed
    Like many of the show pilots, Mike’s passion for aviation started when he was very young. He traded his work for flying lessons and received his Pilots License on his 17th birthday. Thirty years later, Mike has accumulated more than 23,000 flight hours and has qualified in more than 30 aircraft. Today, Mike keeps busy by flying for Corporate America, but his real passion is strapping himself in to one of the highest performance air show aircraft in the world. The Lucas Oil Pitts show plane. As a 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, and a member of the 2004 United States Aerobatic Team, Mike has traveled the World with the same aircraft you will see him performing in at the air show. His excitement for aviation and willingness to share his aviation experience with people around the country is nothing short of contagious. This year, Mike’s schedule will include more than 20 air shows with more than 60 performances throughout the U.S. and Canada. This is Mike’s 6th Season flying air shows and his 4rd year to fly for Lucas Oil. „It’s incredible to be part of the Lucas Oil Team. Their products as well as their integrity makes what I do even more rewarding“.

    Matt Chapman Airshows Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Edge 540 Aircraft

    Status: Confirmed
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is proud to sponsor Matt Chapman. Matt personifies what we love about aviation – the thrill of expanding the envelope in what is known about flight, the credentials and expertise to make that possible, and the passion for doing it right and doing it well. 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, 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 flies formation in a thrilling show with fellow performer Mike Mancuso. Matt has flown in front of millions of fans at airshows all over. He has appeared on ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports Network, Real TV, The Learning Channels „Amazing America“ and SpeedVision. Matt is also a respected airline captain with tens of thousands of flight hours.