Riding the waves of a historic, record-breaking 2022 Air & Water Show event along McKinley Park and Bradford Beach, the Air & Water Show will return from July 22-23, 2023 marking the 19th year of Milwaukee's largest and most endeared, patriotic salute to honor our Veterans and Armed Services communities.

The Blue Angels Squadron Welcomes Its Very First Female Fighter Pilot

The Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, headlining the 2023 Milwaukee Air & Water Show, for the second consecutiive year, will, for the first time in the 76 year history of the squadron, feature its first female combat fighter pilot. U.S. Navy Lt. Amanda Lee will join the team for the 2023 air show season. Lt. Lee was named the first-ever female fighter pilot to become a Blue Angels team member, after the squadron has gone decades without a woman in the cockpit of an F/A-18. Lee, of Mounds View, Minnesota, will be the first woman to fly in formation as a Blue Angels demonstartion pilot. She will pilot a F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and perform death-defying maneuvers above crowds of thousands all over the country, and Milwaukee during the Summer of 2023.

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Waterstone Bank Returns As The Air & Water Show's Presenting Sponsor

"We are excited to sponsor the 2023 Milwaukee Air & Water Show featuring the Blue Angels." shared Doug Gordon, CEO of WaterStone Bank. "The Air & Water Show is a summer staple enjoyed by families in our community and throughout the state."

"Every year, the Milwaukee Air & Water Show brings world-class military and cibil acts to the city for a spectacular air show. The support from our Presenting Sponsor, WaterStone Bank, and all of our other sponsors, is vital. We are incredibly grateful for their ongoing commitment to our community and are thrilled to see the Navy Blue Angels back in action again next summer," said Paul Rogers, president of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show. We are expecially excited to see Lt. Amanda Lee show off her incredible pilioting skills to our event spectators. It will be a thrilling and historic moment for Milwaukee to see the Navy Blue Angels first female pilot fly over the Milwaukee lakefront."

Credit: U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Facebook
Credit: U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Facebook

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show, which draws thousands of people to Milwaukee's lakeshore every year, has a significant economic impact on the city, provides the community with a meaningful understanding of our nation's armed forces and supports military veterans.

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