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Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti

Bring the kids and fly by this big annual event, Aug. 10-11, 2013, featuring historic plane and helicopter shows and awesome war battle reenactments

Does your brood love loud aircraft that swoop and zoom? Then be sure to gather your family for a weekend of fun at the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti! The 2013 festival runs the weekend of Aug. 10-11, 2013. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Don't miss out on a performance by world-renowned civilian aerobatic pilot Michael Goulian. He soars through the sky in his Goodyear Wheelen Extra 330SC, moving at speeds up to 260 miles per hour. His plane roars as he performs challenging rotations and tumbles through the sky.

Also, for the first time ever at a Thunder show, a "Heritage Flight" will make its appearance. This rare formation features two to four aircraft – including at least one modern-day U.S. Air Force fighter and one or more older aircraft. Get ready to get wowed as a F-100 Super Sabre, F-86 Sabre and vintage P-51 Mustang streak the sky in this rare display.

The Vietnam War and WWII battles, which recapture what U.S. military experienced on ground and in the sky, are also hits – highlighted by vintage aircraft.

Your kids love all of the aviation-themed inflatables and activities just for them, too, at the Kidz Zone Play Area.

Want to really give your little ones something to brag about? Consider a ride on the award winning B-17, "Yankee Lady." It's a steeper investment – $425 at the gate – but an unforgettable treat for diehards.

Luckily, general admission rates fly much lower to the ground. If you've got kids ages 15 and under, they get in totally free! For parents and other grownups, tickets are $30/advance and $35/day of. For parking, buy advance tix for $10 or pay $15 the day of the event (that's per vehicle). You might still be able to snag premium tickets for a variety of VIP seating options – but they sell out fast, so call ahead.

For more information about the 2013 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, check out the Metro Parent calendar listing.

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