Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2018

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Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2018

Post by Bretten Bailey » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:57 am

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2018
June 28th-July 4th, 2018
W.K. Kellogg Airport
Battle Creek, Michigan
www.bcballoons.com

June 30-July 1 Warbird Salute Air Show
-Commemorative Air Force "Prowlers of the Pacific" (Commemorative Air Force West Texas Wing SB2C Helldiver, Dixie Wing SBD Dauntless & FG-1D Corsair, Japanese Bomber, LLC's Nakajima B5N Kate Replica PLUS Pyro)
-United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo Team
-United States Air Force Heritage Flight (A-10/P-51 (TBD) flown by Charles "Tuna" Hainline)
-United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Demo
-United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo from VFA-106
-United States Navy Legacy Tailhook Flight (F/A-18F/F4U-4 Corsair)
-Vampire Airshows featuring Jerry Conley in the deHavilland DH-115 Vampire
-Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team
-Redline Airshows in the RV-8
-Class of '45 Top Guns of WWII
-Scott "Scooter" Yoak in the P-51 Mustang "Quick Silver"
-Jim Tobul in the "Korean War Hero" F4U Corsair
-Susan Dacy in the Super Stearman "Big Red"
-Announcer: Phil Dacy
-Pyro Provided by the TORA Bomb Squad led by Gordon Webb
**Randy Ball may arrive in his MiG-17F on Sunday, July 1 during the waiver and tear up the pattern!**

July 3-4 Fast & Furious Air Show
-United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo Team
-United States Air Force Heritage Flight (A-10/P-51 (TBD) flown by Charles "Tuna" Hainline)
-United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Demo
-United States Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo from VFA-106
-Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team
-Phillips 66 Aerostars in their NEW Extra 300s
-Redline Airshows in their RV-8s
-Randy Ball FIGHTERJETS MiG-17F
-Michael Goulian Extra 330SC
-Bill Stein in the Zivko Edge 540
-Announcer: Phil Dacy

-Daily Balloon Launches: June 28 - July 4
-Nightly "Field of Rock" Concerts on Center Stage presented by FireKeepers Casino: June 28 - July 4
-Fireworks Displays: June 30 & July 4
-Twilight & Night Air Show: July 3
-Battle Creek SpeedFest 1/2 Mile Race Shootout AND Car Show: June 29 - July 3
-Tim Dyson FMX Motorcycle Stunt Show: June 28 - July 4
-Great Lakes Timber Show: June 28 - July 4
-Balloon Illumes presented by Kalsee Credit Union: June 29 & July 1
-Skerbeck Entertainment Group Carnival with TONS of rides, attractions & games: June 28 - July 4
-Tons of Food Vendors, including the BEST AIR SHOW FOOD AROUND! Tons of variety: June 28 - July 4
-Displays and Specialty Displays/Attractions: June 28 - July 4
-Arts & Crafts Booths: June 28 - July 4
-Battle Creek Half-Marathon & 5K: June 30
-Kids Day: June 28
-Thirsty Thursday (Food Vendor Discounts & Beer Specials): June 28

Overnight Camping is available in our RV Lot. Visit our website to reserve your space now!
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Post by Bretten Bailey » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:45 pm

We just announced that we'll be running for a full SEVEN DAYS in 2018 with the dates being June 28th - July 4th.

Of those seven days, we also announced that FOUR of them will be air show days. June 30th, July 1st, July 3rd and July 4th.

While we're still building our schedule, the June 30th & July 1st show dates will feature mostly warbirds. It will be a Warbird Salute Air Show dedicated to our Veterans and Active Military. While we aren't ready to dive in to the lineup quite yet, our headliner for the warbird show is an act never before seen in the Midwest and features extremely rare flying examples.

July 3rd & 4th will be an air show featuring Top-Notch Civilian Aerobatics (and trust me when I say that. Who we have booked thus far is awesome), Modern Military and some more warbirds!

All in all, we are looking forward to a terrific 2018. More surprises and announcements are in store. Will be updating as we announce, but most of our air show announcements won't come until after the ICAS Convention.
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Post by kalamazookid » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:23 pm

That's a heck of a teaser. I'm intrigued by the warbird announcement since that's overwhelmingly my primary airshow interest.

I don't think I've been to Battle Creek since sometime in the 2010-11 range. The weekend lineup may change that this year.

Thanks for the updates.
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Post by Airshow0wen » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:35 pm

Looks like Randy Ball and Jerry Conley are heading to Michigan!! My guess for the “never before seen act” would be the Texas Flying Legends Museum group act
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Post by RyanS » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:45 pm

Airshow0wen wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:35 pm
Looks like Randy Ball and Jerry Conley are heading to Michigan!! My guess for the “never before seen act” would be the Texas Flying Legends Museum group act
They've performed in Oshkosh before and if Wisconsin isn't Midwest I don't know what is :D
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Post by Bretten Bailey » Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:32 pm

kalamazookid wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:23 pm
That's a heck of a teaser. I'm intrigued by the warbird announcement since that's overwhelmingly my primary airshow interest.

I don't think I've been to Battle Creek since sometime in the 2010-11 range. The weekend lineup may change that this year.

Thanks for the updates.
Believe it or not, while our weekend show will be primarily warbirds, a few warbirds that aren't performing during the weekend airshow will also take part in our midweek air show (we had approached them to do the weekend, but they couldn't, so we pursued them for the midweek anyway). So it'll be a well rounded lineup across the board this year.
RyanS wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:45 pm
Airshow0wen wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:35 pm
Looks like Randy Ball and Jerry Conley are heading to Michigan!! My guess for the “never before seen act” would be the Texas Flying Legends Museum group act
They've performed in Oshkosh before and if Wisconsin isn't Midwest I don't know what is :D
We definitely count Wisconsin as the Midwest ;)
Airshow0wen wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:35 pm
Looks like Randy Ball and Jerry Conley are heading to Michigan!! My guess for the “never before seen act” would be the Texas Flying Legends Museum group act
At this time, yes we have agreements with both Randy Ball & Jerry Conley (it will be awhile before we announce the acts because we have a very specific announcement schedule in place for this year). Jerry will be performing during the weekend air show (June 30 - July 1), and Randy Ball will be flying July 3-4. We had wanted him for both shows, but due to the show he is a part of down in Cedar Creek Lake in Texas, he could not do the weekend show. We did pursue him for the midweek show and he is planning to be here in the MiG-17F.

It is not the Texas Flying Legends Museum group act, but a collection in Texas will be sending a plane to be a part of the act in question!
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Post by kalamazookid » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:40 pm

I think I know what the act is based on that clue, but I'll let you make that announcement instead of playing guessing games. If it is what I think it is, I'm probably going to have to make plans to spend a day at this show. Whatever Jerry Conley is flying would be cool to see. I saw that he may be flying a Sea Vixen at some shows this year.

Thanks again for the updates. Do the aircraft use the WMU ramp or are they typically parked across the field on the Air National Guard ramp? I think the aircraft used the ANG ramp last time I attended, but it has been a while.
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Post by Bretten Bailey » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:47 pm

kalamazookid wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:40 pm
I think I know what the act is based on that clue, but I'll let you make that announcement instead of playing guessing games. If it is what I think it is, I'm probably going to have to make plans to spend a day at this show. Whatever Jerry Conley is flying would be cool to see. I saw that he may be flying a Sea Vixen at some shows this year.

Thanks again for the updates. Do the aircraft use the WMU ramp or are they typically parked across the field on the Air National Guard ramp? I think the aircraft used the ANG ramp last time I attended, but it has been a while.
We hope to make an announcement regarding that act in early December. You're probably right on it though.

Right now, Jerry will be flying the Vampire. The Sea Venom will be West Coast only. They're also unsure if the Venom will be ready in time for Battle Creek. So, the Vampire is planned at the moment.

The military stage over at WMU's ramp as well as whatever is flying the Heritage Flight. The rest of the acts stage on RWY 13/31 in front of the crowd. The ANG ramp is no longer in use due to the 110th no longer having a flying mission.
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Post by Bretten Bailey » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:59 pm

With the schedules being officially announced today, we can say we do have the following acts:

-US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo Team (June 30, July 1, July 3, July 4)
-US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Demo (June 30, July 1, July 3, July 4)
-Vampire Airshows featuring Jerry Conley in the de Havilland DH-115 Vampire (June 30, July 1)
-Randy Ball FIGHTERJETS MiG-17 (July 3, July 4)
-Susan Dacy in the Super Stearman "BIG RED" (June 30, July 1)
-Announcer: Phil Dacy (June 30, July 1, July 3, July 4)

We won't announce these on social media yet as we have a specific plan in place, but these schedules are already out and common knowledge with you all so I'll include them here :). Tons of more fun to come!
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Post by kalamazookid » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:14 pm

Wow, an Osprey demo! Will be nice to see the A-10 demo back as well. Great start to both the weekend and midweek shows.
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