'Thunder over Michigan' air show to be held August 10-11

Shift in dates aligns show with traditional air show weekend

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YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show has changed their 2013 dates from June 15-16 to August 10-11, 2013. 

The show will be held at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI and will feature a stacked lineup of high profile performers, battle reenactments, and ground attractions. 

Proceeds from the event, produced by the Yankee Air Museum, helps support the museum and many other local charitable organizations.

The show, which is traditionally held in early August, was initially scheduled for mid-June in order to accommodate the scheduling of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. 

With the Thunderbirds' entire 2013 season, including a scheduled weekend at Thunder Over Michigan, grounded due to the federal budget sequestration, organizers sought to move the show back to its usual August dates.

"Early August is what our fans have come to expect for Thunder and we are pleased that we can now move back to our normal dates," said Kevin Walsh, air show director.  "The August dates allow us to secure additional world-class performers, statics, and displays; the weather is historically much better than in June; and there is less conflict with other events then."

The show recently announced the addition of a rare aerial demonstration by the North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre.  The show also will feature world-renowned civilian aerobatic performer Michael Goulian, a demonstration by the only single-seat flyable German Me-262 jet in the world, crowd-favorites WWII and Vietnam battle reenactments, two specially-restored Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopters, and a special "Vietnam Homecoming" celebration for Veterans.

With the change in dates, the show will be announcing more to its lineup in the next several weeks.

"We have just begun releasing what is going to be a very thrilling, unprecedented air show lineup," said Walsh. "We are known as one of the top air shows in the U.S. for a reason, and that is because we always have something new and unusual for our fans to enjoy.  I think our fans are going to be especially excited about some of the things we will be announcing in the next several weeks."

Tickets are now on sale for a discounted price through May 31st. General Admission tickets for guests 16 and older are $25 and kids 15 and under are admitted at no charge.

Tickets can be purchased at yankeeairmuseum.org.

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