2023 Milwaukee Air and Water show participants practice above Lake Michigan
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Friday, July 21, all eyes were on the skies near Milwaukee's lakefront.
Jets with the 2023 Milwaukee Air and Water Show got a few practice rounds in ahead of the weekend's much-anticipated show.
Although this was not the official Air and Water show, aviation fans were able to get a front-row seat for what to expect come this weekend.
"The words I use to describe my demonstration is violent," said Cpt. Aimee "Rebel" Fiedler, Demonstration Pilot with the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team.
The practice show kicked off just after noon, lasting for nearly three hours, the skies filled with fast-moving jets practicing complicated twists and turns.
The practice show brought hundreds of people to Milwaukee's lakefront, getting a glimpse of what has become a Milwaukee tradition.
Pilots said, while flying some of these jets, it takes a tremendous amount of physical strength.
"I'm between 200-500 feet for the duration of the show, and I'm pulling up to nine times the force of gravity about 15 times," said Cpt. Fiedler.
The air and water show officially begins Saturday.
The Blue Angels are scheduled to make their appearance around 3 pm.
For more information on the 2023 Air and Water show, click the link here.