Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport Saturday and Sunday
Vintage war-birds take to the skies above Willow Run Airport this weekend at the 15th annual Thunder Over Michigan air show. Show organizers had to do some quick re-scheduling after the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jet team was grounded due to sequestration-related budget cuts.
Show Director Kevin Walsh says it wasn't as big a problem for Thunder Over Michigan as it was for some other air shows.
Among the performers scheduled to participate in Thunder Over Michigan this weekend:
A rare gathering of six Vietnam-era Skyraider aircract
a North American F-100F Super Sabre jet
British de Havilland Vampire T-55.
Thunder Over Michigan takes place Saturday and Sunday at Willow Run Airport. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. Kids 15 and under are admitted free
The Yankee Air Museum has until August 1st to raise just under $5 million to buy a section of the Willow Run bomber plant for its new home. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the museum on Wednesday gave donors and members of the media flights on its B-17 bomber to raise awareness of the campaign.
With sequestration grounding the U-S Air Force Thunderbirds, the Yankee Air Museum has had to change the dates for its "Thunder over Michigan" air show from Fathers Day weekend to August 10th and 11th.
Show Director Kevin Walsh says it would have been tough to compete with other events happening that weekend - including a race at Michigan International Speedway without the Thunderbirds.
He says most of the performers were able to accommodate the date change.