The Chicago Air & Water Show is here again. And the familiar sounds of the show, aside from the very obvious roar of jet engines, is announcer Herb Hunter's voice echoing from the North Avenue Beach House.
Hunter has been doing the play-by-play for the show, announcing all the planes and performers, for 25 years. A lot of people turn out to see the headliners (this year the Navy's Blue Angels) at the end of the afternoon, he says, but his own personal favorites are the old-school propeller planes and the guys who fly them.
“You might call me corny,” he says. “But I love the old barn-storming type planes.”
A tip from Hunter: The Firebirds, Matt Chapman and Bill Stein are all on the schedule as individual performers, but they'll also likely join up and fly together. That will be some of the best civilian piloting anyone in the crowd is ever likely to see in one airspace.
“It's going to be amazing,” he says.
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