Milwaukee Air & Water Show Announces 2012 Dates and Performers

Air & Water Show an integral part of Navy Week, the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 and the "Star Spangled Banner" August 8-13

Black Diamond Jet Team
Black Diamond Jet Team
  • Black Diamond Jet Team
    Black Diamond Jet Team
    Black Diamond Jet Team
    Black Diamond Jet Team
  • Firebirds X-Treme
    Firebirds X-Treme
    Firebirds X-Treme
    Firebirds X-Treme
  • U.S. Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Demonstration Team
    U.S. Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Demonstration Team
    U.S. Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Demonstration Team
    U.S. Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Demonstration Team
  • U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Demonstration Team
    U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Demonstration Team
    U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Demonstration Team
    U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Demonstration Team
  • U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team
    U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team
    U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team
    U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team
  • U.S. Air Force B1B Bomber
    U.S. Air Force B1B Bomber
    U.S. Air Force B1B Bomber
    U.S. Air Force B1B Bomber
  • U.S. Navy P-3 Orion
    U.S. Navy P-3 Orion
    U.S. Navy P-3 Orion
    U.S. Navy P-3 Orion
  • Bill Stein
    Bill Stein
    Bill Stein
    Bill Stein
  • Matt Chapman
    Matt Chapman
    Matt Chapman
    Matt Chapman
  • Rob Holland
    Rob Holland
    Rob Holland
    Rob Holland
  • Mike Wiscus
    Mike Wiscus
    Mike Wiscus
    Mike Wiscus

Milwaukee, Wis.......The event organizers of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show today announced the 2012 dates and confirmed performers for this year’s event, which will take place from Bradford Beach to McKinley Beach along Milwaukee’s Lakefront.  The air and water show will also be a key element of the U.S. Navy’s celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the “Star Spangled Banner” on Milwaukee’s lakefront this summer August 8-13. 

The 2012 Milwaukee Air & Water Show event dates are Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The water show will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. with the air show beginning around 11:30 a.m.  The air show practice date is scheduled for Friday, August 10.

Headliner performers include the Black Diamonds, America’s premier civilian jet demonstration team, U.S. Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Demonstration Team, U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Demonstration Team, U.S. Navy  F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team, U.S. Navy P-3 Orion, a U.S. Air Force B1B bomber, U.S. Coast Guard HH-65C Rescue Helicopter, and many other military aircraft.  Other exciting acts include the Lima Lima Aerobatic Flight Demonstration Team, Matt Chapman, Bill Stein, Firebirds X-Treme, Rob
Holland
and Mike Wiskus. Additional state-of-the-art military aircraft have been invited and are pending confirmation. 

“This year’s air show will feature traditional military aircraft like we’ve never seen before as part of the U.S. Navy’s commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner,” said Paul Rogers, president of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show.  “We want to again thank our sponsors for making this exciting show possible and the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing, which provides support for the show the entire week.”

“The air show not only positively impacts our downtown hotels, but it creates real demand for restaurants, bars and other attractions in Milwaukee,” said Chris Anderson, senior vice president, sales, marketing and brand development for Marcus Hotels & Resorts.  “As the largest lakeside festival, this event allows Milwaukeeans a chance to take part in something special and free, and provides a great reason for out-of-town visitors to travel to Milwaukee and see our city at its best.” 

Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the “Star Spangled Banner”

This year, the Milwaukee Air & Water Show will be a highlight of the U.S. Navy’s commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the “Star Spangled Banner.”  The War of 1812 is known as “America’s Second War of Independence” against Britain that started over maritime naval disputes.  During this war, the shelling of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry led to Francis Scott Key to write the “Star-Spangled Banner,” our national anthem. Beginning now through 2015, the Bi-Centennial of the War of 1812 marks another opportunity to celebrate the United States as a seafaring nation and our Navy’s heritage. 

The celebration will include a series of public events in 16 selected locations along the East and West coasts of the U.S., the Great Lakes and Canada.  Milwaukee has been chosen among this elite group of cities.  Week-long events in Milwaukee will include visits and tours of U.S. and foreign warships and tall ships, along with numerous additional activities including naval receptions, military band concerts and galas coordinated by state and local governments, private and non-profit companies the week of August 8 – 13.   

An 1812 committee has been formed, hosted by Visit Milwaukee.  In addition to the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, participants include representatives from the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, the Navy League, Milwaukee Armed Forces Committee, U.S. Coast Guard, Port Authority, Sheriff’s Department, Police Department, Parks and Recreation, American Legion Riders Association, American Legion Post 400 and others. 

Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in infusing your company’s name with these special events this summer, please contact Tom Plantenberg at 414-379-8020 or at splconsultom@aol.com.

Past and present sponsors of the Milwaukee Air & Water show include: Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Miller-Coors, the Green Bay Packers, Beer Capitol Distributing, American Airlines, GE Healthcare, Sterling Aviation, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Fabco Rents, Lincoln Contractors, Signature Flight Support, S3 International, Precision Metrology, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Time Warner Cable, WDJT CBS 58, OnMilwaukee.com, Klement’s Sausage, Darrow Automotive Group, Rexnord Industries, Yamaha, Simons Plantenberg Consulting, LLC., Major Goolsbys and Entercom Radio Group. 

 For more information on the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, please visit www.milwaukeeairshow.com and follow the air show on Twitter @MKEAirandWater and on facebook

For more information on the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the “Star Spangled Banner,” please visit: http://www.ourflagwasstillthere.org and www.history.navy.mil

Additional air show acts will be announced as they are confirmed. 

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 Milwaukee’s largest free event, providing a substantial economic impact to Milwaukee’s local economy.   For many people attending the annual air and water show, the excitement of witnessing the event 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 quintessential event 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. 

 For more information, please visit www.milwaukeeairshow.com.

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