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1.7M Attend Chicago Air & Water Show

Two members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight team fly in a mirror formation during the 2011 Chicago Air & Water Show. (Credit: CBS)

Two members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight team fly in a mirror formation during the 2011 Chicago Air & Water Show. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Saturday’s rain storm put a bit of a damper on attendance for the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend.

Officials had been expecting about 2.2 million people to turn out for the show on Saturday and Sunday, but rain interrupted about three hours of Saturday’s events and, on Sunday, officials put the estimated attendance for both days at 1.7 million people.

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Saturday’s show started on time at about 10 a.m., but had to be stopped at about 10:30 a.m. due to rain that moved in from the west.

The skies cleared up Saturday afternoon and a condensed show resumed around 2 p.m. and lasted until about 4 p.m. – about an hour past the original end time.

The weather was bright and sunny for Sunday’s show, with about 1.2 million people turning out along the lakefront for the day’s events.

Most of the planes take off and land at an airport in Gary, Ind.

For extra coverage and photos/videos from last weekend’s event, visit our Chicago Air and Water Show page.