Thunder Over Michigan air show will bring Blue Angels, vintage war planes to Willow Run
The Thunder Over Michigan air show returns this weekend to Willow Run Airport.
Visitors will be able to watch the renowned U.S. Navy Blue Angels, as well as an air and ground reenactment of a World War II Pacific theater battle featuring a live flamethrower.
“People don’t get a chance to immerse themselves in aviation,” said air show director Kevin Walsh.
Willow Run is also home to the Yankee Air Museum, which aims to preserve southeast Michigan’s aviation history. Organizers expect more than 100,000 people at the two-day event.
Find the list of performers online.
The show also will feature demonstrations by a USAF F-16 Viper East, an aerial dog fight between two military aircrafts from the Vietnam War, an A-4 Skyhawk and a MIG-17, an MV-22 Osprey and a USAF B-1 Lancer Fly-by.
“What makes us popular is the entertainment standpoint,” Walsh said. “The show is here to entertain. We keep in mind the general public and we want them to be vividly entertained by what we’re doing here.”
On Saturday there will be a demonstration by a B-2 stealth bomber.
Tickets are $25 per adult before the show dates; youths 15 and younger are free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased here. Tickets at the gate are $30 per adult and $10 per vehicle. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“This is one of the number one aviation events in North America — we have the world premier jet demonstration team with the Blue Angels,” Walsh said. “It’s really rare that it comes together in such a big event. People should take the opportunity to come out to Willow Run and enjoy the weekend.”
All of the show’s proceeds benefit the Yankee Air Museum.