MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- On one of the coldest days of the year, one group is helping Milwaukee think warm thoughts. The U.S. Navy's elite Blue Angels flying squadron will be here for the Milwaukee Air and Water Show this year.
Lt Ryan Chamberlain with the Blue Angels flew in just for the announcement.
"One of the things you may be wondering is why the blue angels are here now, I am also wondering that, since we left Florida yesterday," said Lt. Chamberlain.
All joking aside, Lt. Chamberlain says they're glad to be back. After all, the group hasn't been here since 2010. Part of the reason for that was the sequester last year. They were grounded for most of 2013. So now they're especially looking forward to showing off their tricks, and what they stand for.
"They're going to fly 18 inches apart, they are doing maneuvers that are being performed right now overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom," explained Lt. Chamberlain. "We get to showcase the pride and professionalism of the Navy and Marine Corps. 34 different times so that's very special to us. It’s near and dear to our hearts and we're hoping everyone gets to come out and enjoy that."
Organizations like VISIT Milwaukee hope the added attraction will bring even more people in.
"The economic impact is estimated at $3 million and the show itself creates 1,500 jobs," said Paul Upchurch the President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Air and Water Show is set for Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd. It is free to the public. Reserved seats will go on sale later this month.