As you may be aware, I enjoy being up in the air a good bit. In fact, before last weekend I had been traveling for 30 straight days and had not stepped foot in my Chicago apartment. However, there is one weekend per year I absolutely refuse to be away from my apartment in Chicago. I don’t care if United is charging 4 miles for an International First Class flight that weekend, I am sitting my butt in the grass (with a martini in a solo cup) and watching the Chicago Air and Water Show.
The Chicago Air and Water Show is a spectacular two day show held annually in the summer over Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago. The location over the Lake allows for spectators to see the show from most everywhere along the waterfront. If you are trying to get some work done downtown on the Friday practice day before the event, good luck. It can be hard to concentrate when it sounds like your city is under attack.
This two day event is an absolute can’t miss for plane enthusiasts. I love spotting a fresh Airbus A380 or new 747-8i as much as the next obsessed frequent flyer, but the big birds are no comparison for the sights and sounds of 6 F/A 18 Hornets flying powerfully and gracefully between the skyscrapers of the Chicago skyline. Along with two performances by the Blue Angels, spectators this weekend were treated to the sights and BOOMING SOUNDS of F16s, F18 Super Hornets, KC135, Y28 Talon, several aerial acrobat teams and many many more.
I always say there are two universally awesome activities that all but the most miserly of human beings on this planet enjoy. The first is whale watching and the second is watching the Blue Angels perform. They are truly amazing. I apologize that my camera clearly had a Blue Angels bias.
Can you use a rewards programs to redeem for a flight on a military jet?
So naturally after watching the show I started to wonder if you can use a rewards programs to redeem for a flight on a military jet? I never bothered to track down that answer because I got sidetracked reading about this guy who tried to use the Pepsi Points rewards program to PURCHASE A JET!
If you are fascinated with airplanes and have never seen the show, I highly recommend you start planning an award trip to Chicago for August 2013.