57th Air and Water Show kicks off

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CHICAGO — The 2015 Air and Water Show has officially kicked off.

Two million people are expected to view the event.

The planes take off from the Gary Jet Center.  There will be 17 performers this year, five military and 11 civilian.

The familiar Blue Angels are back this year flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F/A Super Hornet.  Their planes can reach speeds of 1100 mph.

Also performing is the six-man AeroShell Aerobatic Team and the US Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard will simulate an air-sea rescue with a 30-foot jump from a helicopter into the lake.

The Chicago Fire Department's Air and Sea Rescue Team and military parachute teams will be present.

One new performer this year is the Breitling Jet Team from France.  They did a warm-up yesterday with all the other acts.

If you're headed out today, plan to bring sunglasses and earplugs.  Blankets and coolers are allowed, but you cannot bring grills or alcohol.

The CTA is providing extra bus and rail service for attendees.