Chicago air show goes on without Blue Angels jets

2013-08-17T10:45:00Z Chicago air show goes on without Blue Angels jetsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 17, 2013 10:45 am  • 

CHICAGO | Federal budget cuts mean spectators aren't seeing the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels or the Air Force Thunderbirds at this weekend's Air & Water Show in Chicago.

But organizers have added new acts with military aircraft, including the British navy's Sea Harrier, which was flown in the Iraq war, the Falklands War and the Balkan conflicts.

Another new act features a U.S. attack aircraft that went into service in the 1950s. The A-4 Skyhawk was the Navy's primary light bomber in the early stages of the Vietnam War.

The air show is also getting some military flavor thanks to a new all-veteran parachute team.

The free shows are taking place Saturday and Sunday along Chicago's lakefront.

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