Faqs

Security

May I bring ice to the event?
Yes, loose ice is permitted along with ice packs.

May I bring a cooler?
Yes coolers are allowed.

What convenience items are permitted?
Chairs, strollers, cameras, blankets and handheld umbrellas ARE permitted.

Can I leave the show and then re-enter?
No, you may exit the show but you may not re-enter.

What if I have a ticket to both shows on the same day?
If you have tickets to both AM/PM Shows on Saturday or Sunday, you do not have exit and re-enter. When you arrive, please show Air Show workers your AM ticket only; you will be asked to show your PM ticket after the first set of vehicles exit. You can choose to stay at your current parking spot or move to the front. We ask that you do not move your car until the rest of the AM spectators leave the site. 

Is there a list of "Restricted Items"?
Yes. Please review the Entry Restrictions for more information.

Is smoking allowed?
Any form of smoking (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vaping, marijuana etc) is prohibited.

What if I get hurt during the show?
Notify an Air Show worker or security and they will contact a mobile medical team.

What should I do if I lose my child at the show?
Notify an Air Show worker or security and they will contact a mobile medical team. The Air Show has Code Adam in place during the show. Please provide appropriate parties details about the child to help in the process.

Show

Is the Show the same both Saturday and Sunday?
No. We are having TWO Drive-In shows per day; a morning and an afternoon show. Each Show requires its own Drive-In Car Pass. You are able to purchase a Pass for the Show you would like to attend on the ticketing page. Morning shows will start at 9am and afternoon shows will start at 1:30pm.

The F-35 Demo Team is scheduled to perform both morning shows (Saturday and Sunday morning)*

The USAF Thunderbirds is scheduled to perform both afternoon shows (Saturday and Sunday afternoon)*

Can I buy a ticket at the Show?
Drive-In Car Passes must be purchased online, they will not be sold on-site at the event.

Will I need to buy a ticket for everyone in my vehicle?
No, a Drive-In Car pass is good for one vehicle and covers everyone in the vehicle. You may bring as many as your vehicle can legally hold.

Can I receive a refund for my tickets?
No. Once a ticket is purchased, there are no refunds. The Show is a primary fundraiser for the Yankee Air Museum.

Are there food options?
There will be no food options at the Drive-In Air Show due to health precautions of COVID-19. But you are able to bring in your own food and nonalcoholic beverage. To limit debris that can be harmful to the aircraft and other spectators, we ask that you throw away or carry out your own trash. Please plan ahead to clean up after yourselves.

Are there activities for children?
There are no activities at this year’s show. 

Will there be a battle this year?
No there will not be a battle this year due to the viewing restrictions of a Drive-In Air Show. 

How can I hear the show's announcer?
Announcements during the show provide information on the aircraft and pilots. You can hear announcements by tuning into a local radio station (will be provided before the Show)

Are there airplanes giving rides?  
The Yankee Air Museum’s UH-1 Huey Greyhound will be giving rides on Friday August 6th throughout the day at the Yankee Air Museum. Schedule and Book ›

Due to the unique circumstances of this Thunder Over Michigan Drive-In, we will not be offering aircraft rides on Saturday and Sunday during the air shows. If you would like more information on flying on the Yankee Air Museum’s B-17 Yankee Lady, B-25 Yankee Warrior, C-47 Hairless Joe, UH-1 Huey Greyhound, and Ford Tri-Motor please visit Yankee Air Museum.

Visiting aircraft may be available for aircraft rides. For more information visit Aircraft Appearances.

Is there a schedule of performers?
For security reasons, we are unable to provide any individual performers start times. All performers are subject to change. 

What happens if it rains?
Unless the weather is severe, we will fly as much of the show as is safe and possible. Due to FAA permit restrictions and performer commitments, it is not possible to reschedule the airshow for another weekend this year.

What should I wear to the show?
We recommend you wear comfortable shoes, attending the show barefoot is not advised. There may be a possibility of soft, wet, muddy surfaces. Please dress accordingly, it is a Michigan summer.

Is there shade?
The show is under an open sky. You are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and personal umbrellas. This year you also have the protection and comfort of your vehicle.

Are there restrooms?
Portable restrooms (including handicap portable restrooms) and sanitation stations will be available.

Do I need to print my ticket?
Please print off your ticket to show at the gate.

Parking

What time does the Gate open?
Gates for the Morning Show will open at 7:30AM and gates for the Afternoon Show will open at 12PM.

If I have a large recreational vehicle (RV, Motorhome, fifth wheel, etc) where do I park?
Large recreational vehicles will be parked in the back row of the spectator area so as to not hinder the viewing of others.

Riding your motorcycle to the Show?
Please bring your own appropriate pad, etc. to park on. All parking is on grass.

Have more than one car in your group?
You can park by each other BUT you have to follow each other bumper to bumper all the way in. There will be no reserved spots for late parties. Repositioning vehicles during the parking process or after you are parked is prohibited.

Are there reserved parking spots?
Parking is first come first served- Parking attendants will direct you where to park your vehicle. There are no reserved parking spots.

Please Be Mindful...

Foreign Object Debris (FOD)
FOD is any loose debris that can be hazardous if ingested or accelerated by an aircraft engine. FOD can cause major damage to aircraft and can also pose a projectile hazard to spectators. Please pick up after yourself. Whatever you carry in, please carry out.

*Aircraft appearing are subject to change due to many reasons beyond our control, to include but not limited to, maintenance, weather, or other circumstances. We appreciate your understanding.