Thunder Over Michigan 2017: The Wonderful World of Flight

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Thunder Over Michigan 2017: The Wonderful World of Flight

Post by Bretten Bailey » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:57 pm

Thunder Over Michigan 2017: "The Wonderful World of Flight"
September 2nd-4th, 2017
Willow Run Airport
Belleville, Michigan USA
www.yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow

Military Acts:
-US Navy Blue Angels
-C-130H Hercules from Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base

Theme Aircraft: C-47 Skytrain
Participating C-47s (7 Skytrains) to date:
-Yankee Air Museum's C-47 "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
-Cavanaugh Flight Museum's C-47A Skytrain "MR. "C" IT'S TUESDAY"
-National Warplane Museum's C-47A Skytrain
-The Greatest Generation Aircraft's C-49J "Southern Cross"
-Liberty Foundation's Dakota III
-Valiant Air Command's C-47A Skytrain "Tico Belle"
-Estrella Warbird Museum's C-47B Skytrain "Betsy's Biscuit Bomber"
-Tunison Foundation's Douglas C-47A Skytrain "Placid Lassie"

Other Performers/Aircraft:
-Warriors & Warbirds C-46F Commando "The Tinker Belle"
-Paul Keppeler's CL-13B Sabre Mk 6
-John O'Connor's F8F Bearcat "Blue Angels"
-Airborne Heritage Platoon (participating in the World's LARGEST WWII Paratrooper Drop)
-Round Canopy Parachuting Team (Participating in the World's Largest WWII Paratrooper Drop)
-World War II Battle Re-Enactments
-Greg Shelton Airshows in the Stearman with Wingwalker Ashley Shelton
-Matt Younkin in the Twin Beech 18
-Commemorative Air Force's Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang Red Tail "Tuskegee Airmen"
-Liberty Aviation Museum's B-25J "Georgie's Gal"
-Mid Atlantic Air Museum's TBM-3E Avenger
-Tim Savage's TBM Avenger
-Trainer Flights

Military Static Displays:
-German Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas (GAF ATW 62 Wunstorf, Germany) (first appearance at a North American airshow)
-Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules (314th Airlift Wing - Little Rock AFB)
-Lockheed Martin CC-130H(T) Hercules (17 Wing- CFB Winnipeg)
-Lockheed P-3C Orion (VP-62 Broadarrows - NAS Jacksonville)
-Bombardier CT-142 Dash-8 (17 Wing - CFB Winnipeg)
-Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye (VAW-115 Liberty Bells - NAS Point Mugu)
-2x Lockheed F-5N Tiger II (VFC-13 Fighting Saints - NAS Fallon)
-2x Lockheed F-5F/N Tiger II (VFC-111 Sundowners - NAS Key West)
-Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon (HM-12 - NAS Norfolk)
-2x Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet (VFA-32 Fighting Swordsmen - NAS Oceana)

Civilian Static Displays
-Commemorative Air Force's Red Tail Squadron "Rise Above" Exhibit with the P-51C
-Vintage Wings C-53D Skytrooper (display with parts)
-C-53D Skytrooper "Saving Lulu Belle" (display with parts)
-Darrel Berry's Beech AT-11 Kansan
-Bruce Koch's Vultee SNV-1 Valiant
-Comemmorative Air Force's SNJ-4 (Buffalo Heritage Squadron)
-Nostalgic Flights LLC T-6G Texan "Miss Jo"
-Dave & Deb Groh's PT-17 Stearman
-Christophr Dackson's PT-17 Stearman
-Bill Hirzel's N3N Yellow Peril
-Bill Hirzel's L-5 Sentinel


Aircraft Rides:
-Yankee Air Museum B-17G "Yankee Lady"
-Yankee Air Museum B-25D Mitchell "Yankee Warrior"
-Yankee Air Museum WACO YMF-5C

Other Attractions
-World War II Battles featuring a Rare Gathering of M4 Sherman Tanks
-Re-Enactment Camp
-Band of Brothers Paintball
-Monster Truck Rides
-Battle for Belleville (Downtown Belleville on September 1st)


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Post by Airshow4444 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:21 pm

Any plans to get the German Airbus A400M to depart during the Sunday show?
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Post by Bretten Bailey » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:34 am

Airshow4444 wrote:
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:21 pm
Any plans to get the German Airbus A400M to depart during the Sunday show?
No, because then we wouldn't have them for the show on Monday ;)

Historically, the GAF have always left on Monday (the day after the show) and arrived on Friday. Whether they will be leaving on Tuesday or leaving Monday evening is yet to be known. Those details will be firmed up closer to show time.
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Post by Bretten Bailey » Wed May 24, 2017 3:01 pm

Added Aircraft:
-Warriors & Warbirds C-46F Commando "The Tinker Belle"
-The Greatest Generation Aircraft's C-49J "Southern Cross"
-Liberty Foundation's Dakota III
-Paul Keppeler's CL-13B Sabre Mk 6
-Valiant Air Command's C-47A Skytrain "Tico Belle"
-Estrella Warbird Museum's C-47B Skytrain "Betsy's Biscuit Bomber"

Added Groups:
-Round Canopy Parachuting Team (to also take part in the World's Largest WWII Paratrooper Drop)

Displays:
-Vintage Wings C-53D Skytrooper (display with parts)
-Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules
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Post by jcochr50 » Sat May 27, 2017 12:33 am

Bretten Bailey wrote:
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:34 am
Airshow4444 wrote:
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:21 pm
Any plans to get the German Airbus A400M to depart during the Sunday show?
No, because then we wouldn't have them for the show on Monday ;)

Historically, the GAF have always left on Monday (the day after the show) and arrived on Friday. Whether they will be leaving on Tuesday or leaving Monday evening is yet to be known. Those details will be firmed up closer to show time.
Saw the first North American air show demo of the A400m at Melbourne, FL on April 1 during the air show that featured the Patrouille de France. It was impressive. Too bad there will not be a demo/flyby during the show. Hopefully those attending Taxiway Photography will see it come in on Friday.
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Post by RyanS » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:20 am

The aircraft list for TOM is posted now at http://yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow/aircraft-list.php

One interesting note is that the C-17 will be flying, not static. Bring on the C-17 demos again!!!
United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron "Blue Angels"
U.S. Navy

Douglas C-47A Skytrain
National Warplane Museum

Douglas C-47A Skytrain "MR. "C" IT'S TUESDAY"
Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Douglas C-49J "SOUTHERN CROSS"
Greatest Generation Aircraft

Douglas Dakota III
Liberty Foundation

Douglas C-47A Skytrain “Tico Belle”
Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

Douglas C-47B Skytrain "BETSY'S BISCUIT BOMBER"
Estrella Warbirds Museum

Douglas C-47A Skytrain "Placid Lassie"
Tunison Foundation

Douglas C-53D Skytrooper (display with parts)
Vintage Wings

Douglas C-53D Skytrooper (display with parts)
Saving Lulu Belle, Inc.

Curtiss C-46F Commando “THE TINKER BELLE”
City of Monroe, NC

Airborne Heritage Platoon
Round Canopy Parachuting Team

Canadair CL-13B Mk 6 Sabre
Paul Keppeler

North American P-51C Mustang "TUSKEGEE Airmen"
Commemorative Air Force – Minnesota Wing

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Yankee Lady” (Book a ride!)
Yankee Air Museum

North American Aviation B-25D Mitchell "Yankee Warrior" (Book a ride!)
Yankee Air Museum

Grumman TBM-3E Avenger
Mid Atlantic Air Museum

Douglas C-47D Skytrain "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
Yankee Air Museum

Beechcraft Model 18
Matt Younkin

Beech AT-11 Kansan
Darrel Berry

Vultee SNV-1 Valiant
Bruce Koch

North American Aviation SNJ-4
Commemorative Air Force – Buffalo Heritage Squadron

North American Aviation T-6G Texan ‘Miss Jo’
Nostalgic Flights LLC

Boeing 450 Super Stearman
Greg & Ashley Shelton

Boeing PT-17 Stearman
Dave & Deb Groh

Boeing PT-17 Stearman
Christopher Dackson

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N Yellow Peril
Bill Hirzel

Stinson L-5 Sentinel
Bill Hirzel

WACO YMF-5C
Yankee Air Museum

Aero Vodochody L-39ZO Albatros
Robert Lutz

Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

Boeing F/A-18D Hornet
U.S Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

Airbus A400M Atlas
Air Transport Wing 62 – Wunstorf, Germany

Lockheed Martin CC-130H(T) Hercules
17 Wing – Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, AB, Canada

Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules
314th Airlift Wing – Little Rock Air Force Base, AR

Lockheed P-3C Orion
VP-62 ‘Broadarrows’, NAS Jacksonville, FL

Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye
VAW-115 ‘Liberty Bells’ – NAS Point Mugu, CA

Lockheed F-5N Tiger II
VFC-13 ‘Fighting Saints’, NAS Fallon, NV

Lockheed F-5N Tiger II
VFC-13 ‘Fighting Saints’, NAS Fallon, NV

Lockheed F-5F/N Tiger II
VFC-111 ‘Sundowners’, NAS Key West, FL

Lockheed F-5F/N Tiger II
VFC-111 ‘Sundowners’, NAS Key West, FL

Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon
HM-12 – NAS Norfolk, VA

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (Flying display, not static)
445th Airlift Wing – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
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Post by Djack » Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:19 am

Ooh, two different squadrons of F-5's? That right there would be worth going up there for the Friday photo pit alone!

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Post by alexp2805+ » Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:59 pm

Bretten Bailey wrote:
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:57 pm
Thunder Over Michigan 2017: "The Wonderful World of Flight"
September 2nd-4th, 2017
Willow Run Airport
Belleville, Michigan USA
www.yankeeairmuseum.org/airshow

Military Acts:
-US Navy Blue Angels
-US Navy Blue Angels C-130 "Fat Albert"
-USAF C-17 Globemaster III

Theme Aircraft: C-47 Skytrain
Participating C-47s (7 Skytrains) to date:
-Yankee Air Museum's C-47 "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
-Cavanaugh Flight Museum's C-47A Skytrain "MR. "C" IT'S TUESDAY"
-National Warplane Museum's C-47A Skytrain
-The Greatest Generation Aircraft's C-49J "Southern Cross"
-Liberty Foundation's Dakota III
-Valiant Air Command's C-47A Skytrain "Tico Belle"
-Estrella Warbird Museum's C-47B Skytrain "Betsy's Biscuit Bomber"

Other Performers/Aircraft:
-Warriors & Warbirds C-46F Commando "The Tinker Belle"
-Paul Keppeler's CL-13B Sabre Mk 6
-Airborne Heritage Platoon (participating in the World's LARGEST WWII Paratrooper Drop)
-Round Canopy Parachuting Team (Participating in the World's Largest WWII Paratrooper Drop)
-World War II Battle Re-Enactments
-Greg Shelton Airshows in the Stearman with Wingwalker Ashley Shelton
-Matt Younkin in the Twin Beech 18
-Commemorative Air Force's Red Tail Squadron P-51C Mustang Red Tail "Tuskegee Airmen"

Static Displays:
-German Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas (GAF ATW 62 Wunstorf, Germany) (first appearance at a North American airshow)
-Commemorative Air Force's Red Tail Squadron "Rise Above" Exhibit with the P-51C
-Vintage Wings C-53D Skytrooper (display with parts)
-Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules

Aircraft Rides:
-Yankee Air Museum B-17G "Yankee Lady"
-Yankee Air Museum B-25D Mitchell "Yankee Warrior"
-Yankee Air Museum WACO

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Post by alexp2805+ » Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:03 pm

Thunder Over Michigan Schedule (as of 7/29/17)
9:00AM: Air Show Grounds Open
9:00AM: Cadet, Bomber, Fighter, and Officers Clubs Open
10:00AM: Beer Gardens Open
10:30AM-11:00AM: WWII Air & Ground Battle Reenactment
12:00PM-4:00PM: AIR SHOW
Featuring
U.S. Navy 'Blue Angels'
U.S.M.C. C-130 'Fat Albert'
Wingwalking Aerobatics - The Shelton's
Beech 18 Aerobatics - Matt Younkin
Modern Military Aircraft Flybys
Modern Military Static Displays
Vintage Military Flybys
Vintage Military Statics
WWII Air & Ground Battles
Kids Play Zone Area
...and much, much, more!
5:00PM: Air Show Grounds Close
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Post by alexp2805+ » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:27 pm

Photo Pit Friday 2017

Has anybody ever gone to Thunder's Taxiway Photography? I'm going this year and was wondering roughly how many aircraft arrive that day.
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