Airplanes are thrilling and majestic to watch, especially when they’re shredding through vengeful, murderous clouds. Be a vapor gaper with this GrouponLive deal to see the Milwaukee Air & Water Show at the Milwaukee lakefront between Bradford Beach and McKinley Beach. For $32, you get two tickets for open-air, center-point reserved seating (up to a $65 value). Choose between the following dates:
- Saturday, August 11
- Sunday, August 12<p>
Center-point seating includes:
- Open-air chair seating
- Access to private restrooms
- Coupon for a discount on a souvenir program<p>
On both days, the water show begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by the national anthem and air show at 11 a.m. Advance tickets for kids 13 and younger are $11, and children younger than 5 are free without a seat.
The Milwaukee Air & Water Show buzzes with strange sights and mind-boggling statistics. When members of the U.S. Navy’s Leap Frogs parachute team hit free fall some 10,000 feet above the earth, they plummet at speeds of more than 120 miles per hour. When the odd-looking Marine Corps’ Osprey takes off, its propellers slice the sky like a helicopter before the craft tilts in midair to throttle forward like a conventional aircraft. By the time a B-2 stealth bomber whispers through the atmosphere—after development, engineering, and testing—it’s earned a price tag of $2.1 billion.
All these aerial acts, along with water performers, are part of Navy Week and the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812 and the national anthem written in its honor. F-22 Raptors and other military hardware shriek overhead, and stunt planes including the Goulian Aerosports team tumble and spin toward the rippling waters of Lake Michigan, inspiring fish to try their hardest to evolve wings. A kids’ zone houses inflatables, rides, and other games for young pilots-in-training, and a center-point-area concessions tent puts food and drink within easy reach.