Thunder Over Michigan

. July 30, 2013.

Look! It’s definitely not a bird. It’s a plane. Actually, it’s several of some of the most awesome planes you’re likely to see. Thunder Over Michigan, a family-focused air extravaganza, is one of Michigan’s premier aviation events, and it’s right down the street at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti. “This year, the line-up’s incredibly exciting,” says Herb Gillen, airshow spokesperson. “There are very rare warbirds and classic military aircraft, including some that served in the Vietnam era.” Special guests include superstar pilots Sean D. Tucker and Michael Goulian. “They’ll be doing all sorts of loops, spins and stalls,” says Gillen, “and Sean does a stunt called the Triple Ribbon Cut, where the plane cuts ribbons tied to poles. It’s spectacular.” A Kid Zone with aviation-themed inflatables, including an aircraft carrier, will provide plenty of on-the-ground entertainment. Classic fair food will also be available, in addition to sit-down catered meals available with premium seating tickets. Put in your earplugs and prepare to get blown away by large-scale battle reenactments with tanks, artillery and aircraft; WWII and Vietnam battles are scheduled.

Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11 Children 15 and under free; 16 and up, $30 advance purchase (see website), $35 on site. Parking additional. For schedule and premium packages, see website. 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, 734-485-6666.