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#OTGYpsi: Reviewing Thunder Over Michigan 2018

Aug 29, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The Ypsilanti skies were filled with action and excitement this past weekend.  Folks from all across Michigan flocked to the Willow Run airport to catch the 2018 Thunder Over Michigan event.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks about what unfolded at this year's aerial display with Concentrate Media reporter Brianna Kelly and Concentrate Media photographer Doug Coombe.

The Thunder Over Michigan air show returns to Willow Run Airport. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will visit Michigan during the Airshow held this Saturday and Sunday at Willow Run Airport.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Over forty thousand people are expected to attend the Thunder Over Michigan air show this weekend.  In addition to providing entertainment, it will also help the local economy.

Bob Eccles

It'll be late next summer's Thunder over Michigan airs how before the entire squadron is here, but the Blue Angels' number seven plane touched down at Willow Run airport Monday morning for an advance visit.  


The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline next year's Thunder over Michigan air show at Willow Run Airport. 

Yankee Air Museum Public Relations Director Bob Hynes says the show is scheduled for August 9th and 10th.

Hynes says if you have an aviation buff on your holiday gift list, there's a special code you can enter to save big on tickets to next year's Thunder over Michigan show. 

Go to YankeeAirMuseum.org, click on Thunder over Michigan Air Show and enter the code TOMINSIDER to get a discount on tickets.

Thunder Over Michigan Returns This Weekend

Aug 9, 2013

The Thunder Over Michigan air show returns to Willow Run Airport this weekend.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the details in this report:

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

Dates Changed For Thunder Over Michigan

Apr 17, 2013
Yankee Air Museum/Thunder over Michigan

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. 

Bob Eccles

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Yankee Air Museum Executive Director Kevin Walsh about the museum's "Fly Me To The Moon" exhibit and other museum happenings.

Tuskegee Airman visits Willow Run airport

Aug 3, 2012
Bob Eccles

One of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen visited Willow Run airport this afternoon in advance of this weekend's Thunder over Michigan air show.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.