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!
Get up close and step inside this massive aircraft! Powered by four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprops, each engine develops 4,637 standard horsepower and has a 6-blade composite scimitar propeller making in capable of short takeoffs and landings from unprepared runways.
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.
Greg Shelton’s 1943 Super Stearman first served with the U.S. Navy as an N2S-3, serving as a primary trainer during World War II. It was later converted to a 450 HP crop duster in 1949. In 1985, it was transformed into the colorful and entertaining Super Stearman that you see today.