Thunder Over Michigan Air Show in Ypsilanti
World War II era aviation history soars across the skies Aug. 3-5, 2012, ready to delight kids with family friendly events in Ypsi and Belleville
It's not the typical summertime storm. Minus the downpour and lightning, Thunder Over Michigan Air Show lands at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Aug. 3-5, 2012.
Built by Ford Motor Company in 1941, Willow Run manufactured B-24 bombers during World War II as one of the first military plants to use Ford's assembly line method. In 1981, volunteers re-opened the facility as part of the Yankee Air Museum, which presents the air show each year.
The event kicks off with an air and ground parade in downtown Belleville on Friday, Aug. 3 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Festivities at Willow Run begin Saturday at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. In addition to the over 40 planes on-site, flying demonstrations occur between 11:40 a.m. and 4 p.m. Building on the location's history, organizers present World War II air and ground battle re-enactments beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Additional activities include a Kids Zone with aviation inflatables, a beer garden and Mustang car show. For a first-hand flight experience, B-17 and B-24 aircrafts will provide rides for a donation.
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 via the Yankee Air Museum's website (link to it via the Metro Parent listing). Tickets cost $30 at the door. Children 16 and under are free. Parking is available on-site for $10 – or for $5 when purchased in advance.
For more information about the 2012 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show in Ypsilanti, check out the Metro Parent listing.