Some consider the Chicago Air and Water Show to be the best airshow in the world, and this book tells the story. It draws over 3 million people to the lakeshore for a weekend of low-key beach leisure and high-powered entertainment. Gerry and Janet Souter climb into the cockpit - and occasionally lean precariously out of it to log the extravaganza's fascinating history. Even before the event became a beloved annual tradition half a century ago, visitors to the lakeshore had been treated to sights like the International Air Meet, World War II training maneuvers (executed by, among others, former president George H.W. Bush).