Thunder Over Michigan – 2014

Really a fun airshow this year.  Its always great when one of the military precision teams shows up, and this year we had the Thunderbirds.  I’ve seen far more of the Blue Angels in the last decade, so this was a good change.

There was also a complete aerobatic show from a P-63 Kingcobra.  That was really a special treat.  I don’t believe I’ve ever even seen the type fly before.  This was the type that delivered on the promise of the P-39 Airacobra.  But it was sort of too little, too late.  Mustangs and Thunderbolts were entering service, so a new type that was almost as good as the others didn’t interest the Air Force much.  It was used successfully by the Russians, who got over 2/3s of the total production run.  But it never flew combat with the US.  But it put on a great show today.

Also saw full performances by a P-51D Mustang and an F-86 Sabre.  Other highlights being a large Texan formation and the so-called “victory flight” with a large gathering of warbirds.

This was also a very good year for the land battles.  They did two WWII scenarios that featured five (!) M5 Stuarts in action.  Add in a Hetzer for the German side and that’s a lot of armor!

Fun way to spend and afternoon.  Sorry I didn’t take pictures, too busy watching…

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About atcDave

I'm 53 years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I've been an air traffic controller for 30 years; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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