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Milwaukee Air & Water Show Announces 2013 Dates and Headliner

Feb. 23, 2013

Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 21, 2013….The event organizers of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, presented by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, today announced the highly anticipated return of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to headline this year’s show August 3 and 4 along Milwaukee’s Lakefront. The air show practice date is scheduled for Friday, August 2.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2013. Spectators will be able to witness the pride, precision and professionalism of the team in an hour-long demonstration along Milwaukee’s premier lakefront. Since the Thunderbird’s inception in 1953, the team has been representing America’s Airmen.

“Hosting the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during their 60th anniversary is a true honor and a testament to our growth and success as Wisconsin’s number one air show and Milwaukee’s premier lakefront event,” said Paul Rogers, president of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show. “With the help of our major sponsors, supporters and the Milwaukee community, we are once again able to present a world-class lineup featuring America’s top military and civilian air show performers.”

In addition to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, other exciting military acts coming to Milwaukee in August include the AV-8B Sea Harrier, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, 128th Air Refueling Wing KC-135, C-130 Hercules, and many other military aircraft. Civilian acts include the GEICO Aerial Skytypers T-6 Team, AeroStars Aerobatic Team, Michael Goulian Airshows, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University featuring Matt Chapman, the Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter, Firebirds X-Treme Aerobatic Team and aerobatic pilot, Bill Stein, the Aquanuts Ski Team, Seven Marine and Gary Burtka’s Jet Ski Stunt Show. Other military aircraft have been invited and are pending final confirmation.

“For the fifth consecutive year, Marcus Hotels & Resorts is proud to support the Milwaukee Air & Water
Show,” said Chris Anderson, senior vice president, sales, marketing and brand development for Marcus
Hotels & Resorts. “Now Milwaukee’s largest two-day event, the air show is not only a fantastic source of entertainment, but a real source of economic impact for our downtown. Each year, millions of dollars in additional revenue are created for Milwaukee’s downtown hotels, restaurants and other venues, showcasing our beautiful lakefront and the very best this city has to offer.”

Center Point Reserved, Flight-Line Club, Sun Tables and Sky-Box Seating ticket packages are now available at

For more information on the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, please visit the all-new for performer details, show-site information and other news. Follow the air show on Twitter @MKEAirandWater and on Facebook for the latest Milwaukee Air & Water Show updates.

For photos and video of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, please visit:
Additional air show acts and developments to be announced as they are confirmed.

Sponsorship Information
For those interested in sponsorship marketing opportunities, VIP hospitality tents or corporate entertainment packages, please contact David Sengkhammee with Bridge Management, at 414-430-1030 or at

Past and present supporters of the Milwaukee Air & Water show include: Marcus Hotels & Resorts, VISIT Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Parks, Green Bay Packers, Precision Metrology, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Derco Aerospace, Rexnord, Russ Darrow Group, Chrysler Corporation, Yamaha Motor Corporation, Beer Capitol Distributing, Inc., The Bartolotta Restaurants, DRS Technologies, Inc., American Airlines, GE Healthcare, Sterling Aviation, United Healthcare, Volvo Rents, The Manchester Manufacturing Group, Runzheimer International, Signature Flight Support, S3 International, Lucas Oil, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,, Summerfest, Klement’s Sausage, Pepsi-Cola, Wisconsin Athletic Club, Major Goolsby’s, CBS 58 and the Entercom Radio Group.

About the Milwaukee Air & Water Show
The Milwaukee Air & Water Show , unlike other sources of entertainment, is unique in Milwaukee’s history
and provides affordable, wholesome entertainment for the entire family! From its grassroots beginnings in 2002, the air show has grown into Wisconsin’s largest free event, providing a substantial economic impact to Milwaukee’s local economy. For many people attending the annual Air & Water Show, the excitement of witnessing the event’s spectacle of pageantry, skill and pride first hand translates into career advancement within aerospace, aviation, careers in national defense, civil service and other related careers.

The Air & Water Show is Milwaukee’s masterpiece of sound and color that showcases the role of aviation in the community, the history of air power, provides a forum for educating young people about aviation, and encourages the natural excitement these upcoming generations have for flight.

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