The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's Flight demonstration team, began in 1946 near the end of World War II because of a desire to keep the public interested in Naval Aviation. In June 1946, the Blue Angels performed for the first time at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL.
Almost as well known to Blue Angels fans, as the blue and gold F/A-18 is the team's support aircraft -- the C-130 "Fat Albert." The C-130 is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built by Lockheed and a workhorse of the military of dozens of nations.
Whether it's in our B-17 "Yankee Lady", B-25 "Yankee Warrior", C-47 or WACO Biplane; you can book a ride in any of the Yankee Air Museum's historic flyable aircraft and experience what it was like to be a military pilot!
Thunder Over Michigan is home to the world’s largest air and ground battle reenactment. More than 250 re-enactors in authentic military uniforms bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of warfare. . With restored vintage aircraft, tanks, half-tracks and other equipment, the performance truly makes history come to life.
Matt Younkin’s Beech 18 performance is likely the most unusual act on the airshow circuit today. The Beech 18 was never designed for aerobatic flight; however that doesn’t make it incapable of doing just that. The performance begins with a roll on takeoff followed by a series of Cuban eights, point-rolls, and even a loop.
Every year, Thunder Over Michigan has an impressive list of all of the wonderful aircraft you can see. You'll be able to get up close and personal and see just how magnificent this impressive machinery is. From WWII to today, don't miss your chance to get your hands on aviation history.