Initial Thunder Over Michigan Aircraft List Announced

Yankee Lady and Yankee Doodle Dandy
UH-1 Huey at Thunder Over Michigan 2013
F-86 Sabre "Smokey"
P-38 Lightning "Ruff Stuff"

Thunder Over Michigan has recently posted a list of aircraft that will be on display during the show. As usual it has a huge number of warbirds, but a number of aircraft that rarely visit the show stand out, including the P-63 King Cobra, C-46 Commando, and C-60 Lode Star. This will be the first appearance of the Thunderbirds and the Golden Knights at the show, although the Blue Angels appeared at the show in 2007 and 2011. The presence of John Klatt is also worth noting, as TOM rarely features civilian aerobatic performers. Klatt is touring the country with the Scream’n Sasquatch Jet Waco sponsored by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky.

The list will surely be updated as the show nears, so be sure to keep an eye on it!

Bolded names denote confirmed performers

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B-17G Flying Fortress ‘Yankee Lady’
B-24A Liberator ‘Diamond Lil’
B-25 Mitchell (x3)
P-38 Lightning ‘Ruff Stuff’
P-63C Kingcobra
P-47 Thunderbolt ‘Jacky’s Revenge’
P-51 Mustang (x5)
C-46 Commando ‘The Tinker Belle’
C-60 Lodestar ‘Goodtime Gal’
C-47 Skytrain ‘Yankee Doodle Dandee’
F-86 Sabre ‘Smokey’
PB4Y-2 Privateer
TBM-3E Avenger
AT-22 Kansan
T-6 Texan (x8)
SNJ-5 (x5)
SNJ-6 (x2)
North American Harvard Mk II (x2)
North American Harvard Mk IV (x4)
SNV-1 Valiant
PT-17 Stearman (x2)
N3N Yellow Peril
UH-1H Huey (x2)
AH-1F Cobra
F-16C Fighting Falcon (x6) (USAF Thunderbirds)
F-16D Fighting Falcon (x2) (USAF Thunderbirds)
Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco
C-31 Troopership (Golden Knights)

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The show will also have a large World War II reenactment that will showcase some of the warbirds.

The Yankee Air Museum’s “Save the Bomber Plant” campaign recently succeeded in its goal of raising $8 million in order for the museum to purchase a section of the production plant where B-24 Liberators were produced during WWII. The plant, which was converted into an automobile facility following the war, is being torn down to allow for redevlopment into automtive testing grounds. Now that the desired portion of the plant has been secured, it will become the new home of YAM.

-Patrick Barron

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