By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Apr 02, 2018 at 3:56 PM

It may not feel like it right now, but the sights – and especially the sounds – of summer are on their way, as the Milwaukee Air & Water Show today announced that it will return to the lakefront on July 21-22, complete with the Thunderbirds and other aerial acts in tow. 

"Our line-up of performers is extraordinary this year," said Paul Rogers, president of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, in a press release. "We have The Thunderbirds headlining the show, two first time appearances from the U.S. Navy and a host of other exceptional acts. With WaterStone Bank supporting the show once again as title sponsor, and our other generous sponsors and supporters, we are looking forward to putting on an unforgettable show."

The Thunderbirds – more formally known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron – will headline the 2018 Air & Water Show, making their first trip into the blue Brew City skies since 2015. They will be joined by two brand-new acts to the Air & Water Show, the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Squadron and P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft, as well as a full lineup of other popular performers, including:

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team
  • U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team
  • A jet tactical demonstration featuring the Warbird Heritage Museum Foundation's A-4D Skyhawk
  • A Boeing KC-135, flown by Wisconsin Air National Guard members from the 128th Air Refueling Wing
  • The Firebirds X-treme Aerobatic Team
  • Michael Wiscus from Lucas Oil Airshows
  • The A-7D Corsair II "Ghostrider" cockpit ground display
  • Water performers to be announced

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is free to the public at beach areas along the lakefront, but reserved seating tickets are available online at the event's official website

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.