Today was a grey and muggy day in southeast Michigan, so I was concerned at how much of a show we’d even see. And for the second year in a row we left my wife’s good camera at home due to the threat of rain.
But the rain did hold off and we got a good show. Some of the acts, mainly high performance military acts, did switch to their “low” shows. On the plus side, high-G maneuvers in high humidity means lots of highly visible shock waves!
A fun look at some of what we saw fly today. F-18 demo team at left, F-22 demo team on the right, and eight Breitling Albatrosses lined up behind.
This year’s land battle included a pair of Sd.Kfz 231 armored cars, both 6-rad and 8-rad models. Cool!
I saw the Breitling Jet Team for the first time. They really put on a terrific show! They fly a tight seven ship formation with Czech Albatross trainers. We also saw good performances by a MiG-17, F-18 and F-100. There was a noticeable absence of World War Two aircraft this year, bummer. But the highlight was spectacular, an F-22 Raptor demo. It is fast, powerful and unbelievably nimble. Seriously, it can twist and tumble in ways that aerodynamics should never allow; the benefits of thrust vectoring are obvious!
I have no idea what this was doing there…
Heritage flight. P-51 and F-22.
I apologize for not many pictures this year. That’s why you should all go for yourselves!
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A reminder for everyone in southeast Michigan, or anyone who can get there on a day trip. Thunder Over Michigan, the annual air show put on by the Yankee Air Force is this weekend, August 20 and 21. I think the biggest headline for this year is a tactical demo by the F-22 Raptor. This will be the first time I’ve seen one fly, so I am very excited! Other things of note will be an F-18 demo, the Breitling aerobatic team (in Albatross jets), MiG-17, F-100, Hind helicopter, WWII land battle and many others.
Thunder Over Michigan is always a ton of fun, and plenty loud. Check it out if you can!
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This dive bomber was one of the first generation monoplanes in Navy service and was thoroughly obsolete at the outbreak of World War II in the Pacific. Yet a small number served in Marine squadrons until the Battle of Midway.
Join me for a look at an early dive bomber. Continue reading
This is a fascinating and well written book on the combined bomber offensive, that is, British and American strategic bomber operations against Nazi Germany.
Join me for a brief look a thoughtful and well researched study. Continue reading
It looks like I jinxed myself a couple weeks ago by saying I expected to get so much work done this summer! Family emergencies, in addition to more normal summer chaos have made this a difficult time to get anything done.
My next post will be the SB2U Vindicator, I have about five days of work remaining on it. What I can’t say is when I’ll find those five days. So keep watching this space…
This prolific early war tank was a key part of the Wehrmacht’s Panzer divisions even though it was never made in Germany. It’s derivatives would remain in production past the war’s end.
Join me for a look at an important light tank. Continue reading
Germany’s Bf109 is one of those iconic types that served through the entire war and is a symbol of that nation’s war effort. Like other long serving types the Bf109 was modified heavily during that time.
Join me for a brief look at an intermediate model. Continue reading