Blue Angels fly with star worn by fallen CPD Officer Ella French throughout Chicago Air Present

2021-08-24 04:22:16

CHICAGO (WLS) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels wowed Chicago, as soon as once more, as they soared over the lakefront this weekend.

From Oak Road to Fullerton Avenue, hundreds of individuals marveled on the sky because the Blue Angels confirmed off their abilities.

The day was additional particular for the Chicago Police Division, because the police star worn by fallen Chicago Police Officer Ella French was on board with the Blue Angels Sunday as they “soared above the Chicago skyline.”

“In the present day fallen Officer French flew with the Angels,” CPD posted in a tweet.

The U.S. Navy fighter jet demonstration staff returned to the Windy Metropolis for an abbreviated spin-off of the standard Air and Water Present as Chicago continues reaching for a return to regular.

For over three many years, Herb Hunter has been the voice of the Chicago Air and Water Present. It is an occasion that all the time places the exclamation level on a Chicago summer time.

“Airplanes escape the child in all people, and also you get down right here on the seaside and also you see the group response, how will you not be excited?” questioned Hunter.

WATCH: Previous Chicago Air and Water Present Highlights

He is not alone. Crowds patiently waited by an virtually half-hour delay Saturday, then craned their necks to see the F/A-18 Tremendous Hornets’ mind-blowing maneuvers. At instances the jets have been simply 18 inches aside.

Ava Margolis, 8, and her little brother Ethan mentioned it was loud however nonetheless enjoyable.

“I actually favored that trick once they like what up collectively after which they cut up up, after which got here again collectively,” mentioned Ava.

Their mother mentioned it appeared like a lighter crowd this yr, making it potential for an opportunity to stand up shut.

“We introduced masks, we have been prepared simply in case. We have been in a much bigger crowd however yeah, no, we felt very comfy hanging out right here loads of area round folks,” mentioned Lacey Margolis.

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“I gotta shake their fingers as a result of it was actually wonderful to see,” mentioned air present fan Tahseen Almas.

This yr, Blue Angel #7 — whose name signal “Whiskers” — narrated the present from North Avenue Seaside Saturday as his fellow Navy pilots soared by the Chicago skyline.

WATCH: Blue Angels take ABC7’s Jesse Kirsch on journey of a lifetime forward of Chicago Air and Water Present

Sunday was the ultimate day of the present.

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