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August 9-10, 2014 - Thunder Over Michigan

The 2014 Thunder Over Michigan air show took place at the famous Willow Run Airport on August 9th and 10th to a large crowd of enthralled aircraft enthusiasts. This was the second year that Detroit Metro Mashup has covered the event and, once again, we had a great time. This was the first year that the show had Baltia Air Lines as it’s primary sponsor; a new airline that headquarters at Willow Run and is going to operate flights to Europe from New York.

Although about 80 or so planes were at the show, the highlight was almost certainly the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who awed us all with high-speed tight formation flying; formations that most of us couldn’t manage on the roads with our cars at residential speeds. Before they took flight, however, we were there in time to enjoy some vintage fighters and bombers in the sky, parachuters, a re-enacted WWII tank battle, and insane aerobatic stunt piloting by Jeff Boerboon, a U.S. Unlimited Aerobatics Champion, in the Jack Links custom jet-powered biplane Screamin’ Sasquatch!

The show seemed even bigger this year, with lots of planes to view on the ground as well as in the air, a very long row of food vendors, and lots of ability to interact with the people who were involved in the shows. We were able to watch them prepare the tanks for battle, pack parachutes, and much more.

The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose annual Air Show benefits the Yankee Air Museum. Additional net proceeds from the event are returned to the community through donations to regional corporations, local charities, various non-profits, and community service groups. By the way, donations are still being accepted to save the Willow Run Bomber Plant. From :

“We’re Almost There! Your contribution is still critical, and it’s not too late to “Do Your Part,” and receive your official Preservation Certificate… proof that YOU helped Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant! You can dedicate your donation in honor of your own personal hero or heroine.

August, 2014: We are in the final stages of our quest to “Save Willow Run!” But, your support is still needed…

In June, 2014, the Yankee Air Museum signed a purchase agreement to buy approximately 150,000 square feet of the former B-24 Liberator Bomber Plant at Willow Run…But that is just a first step in the purchase process. We expect to be able to actually close on the purchase of “our” portion of the bomber plant sometime in September.”

We had a great time and we appreciate the hospitality of our hosts at the show. If you’ve never been to an air show, or even if you have, you should go see one of the biggest and the best there is next year on August 29th and 30th, when the Navy’s famous Blue Angels will take to the sky over Willow Run!

Now, go back up this page and check out our photos from this years event.

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