Thunder Over Michigan – 2015

This year’s air show was a lot of fun.  Rain threatened, but missed us; so we had a perfect high overcast for a backdrop. A number of rare antique aircraft flew, and some more modern ones gave good performances.

The started with a big land battle re- enactment. Sixteen American half-tracks was said to be the largest gathering of such vehicles since the end of World War Two.

The show started with a big land battle re- enactment. Sixteen American half-tracks was said to be the largest gathering of such vehicles since the end of World War Two.

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Heavy Bomber Flyover; B-29, Avro Lancaster, and B-17.

Heavy Bomber Flyover; B-29, Avro Lancaster, and B-17.

B-29 Superfortress

B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”. This has long been the only B-29 flying in the world.

Avro Lancaster, a visitor from Canada.

Avro Lancaster, a visitor from Canada.

What do you call a man with a pink backpack? Married... And standing in the LARGE bomb bay of the Lancaster.

What do you call a man with a pink backpack? Married…
And standing in the LARGE bomb bay of the Lancaster.

A-26 Invader nose art. Funny, I've had these decals in my stash for years and have only ever seen one wartime photo of this plane. Now its on a warbird!

A-26 Invader nose art.
Funny, I’ve had these decals in my stash for years and have only ever seen one wartime photo of this plane. Now its on a warbird!

PV-2 Harpoon nose art.

PV-2 Harpoon nose art.

de Haviland Mosquito. One type I saw fly for the first time in my life today!

de Haviland Mosquito. One type I saw fly for the first time in my life today!

Mosquito weapon bay. Fighter-Bomber versions had four 20 mm cannon, and enough room for two bombs behind. Bomber versions just carried bombs.

Mosquito weapon bay. Fighter-Bomber versions had four 20 mm cannon, and enough room for two bombs behind. Bomber versions just carried bombs.

Fw190. Or a very close approximation... This is another type I saw fly for the first time today. But I could not find any information on exactly what it was. Looks like a Fw190A-9/N, sort of. But the cowling and propeller are different. Google was no help.

Fw190. Or a very close approximation…
This is another type I saw fly for the first time today. But I could not find any information on exactly what it was. Looks like a Fw190A-9/N, sort of. But the cowling and propeller are different.
Google was no help.

Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer. This flew for many years as a fire fighter. It hasn't been restored to actual wartime configuration yet.

Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer. This flew for many years as a fire fighter. It hasn’t been restored to actual wartime configuration yet.

B-17 Flying Fortress. This is a

B-17 Flying Fortress. This is a “G” model backdated to look like an “F” for the movie “Memphis Belle”.

Fifi in flight. She always looks steady and imperturbable.

Fifi in flight. She always looks steady and imperturbable.

PV-2 Harpoon.

PV-2 Harpoon.

B-25 Mitchell. There were at least five flying today. So many they almost lost in the shuffle.

B-25 Mitchell. There were at least five flying today. So many they almost got lost in the shuffle.

Sorry about the quality of some of these pictures.  We didn’t take any of the good equipment because rain was in the forecast.  But we had an iPhone, and my wife was a huge help and cleaned up some of these for me.

In addition to what is shown we saw a tactical demo of an F-16, Michael Goulian in his Extra300 and the Blue Angels.  Just a perfect day.

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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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12 Responses to Thunder Over Michigan – 2015

  1. jfwknifton says:

    I am so jealous. The three bombers together in flight must have been fabulous, and the B-29 is just so BIG! You probably know the reason the Canadian Lancaster is painted as “Vera” but if you don’t, the Andrew Mynarski story is a very good one. And thanks again for those fantastic photos.

    • atcDave says:

      I understand Andrew Mynarski was a Canadian who won a posthumous Victoria Cross for saving the life of a fellow crew member on a Critically damaged Lancaster.
      It’s always good to remember the sacrifices made by so many while flying these machines!

  2. Great pictures Dave. I agree with the above comment, I am very jealous of the B-29! I would love to see one. I saw the Canadian Lancaster last year at the ‘Wings and Wheels’ event at Dunsfold in the UK. It flew with the BBMF Lancaster based in the UK, it was quite a sight. Thanks for the post.

    • atcDave says:

      That would have been awesome to see. A couple years back we had a gathering of every flyable B-17 in the U.S. at Thunder Over Michigan, 11 planes I think? That was spectacular.

      And hey, this year they had every flyable B-29…

  3. John says:

    Judging by the 4 blade prop, I think it’s a recent build Flug Werk FW190.

    • atcDave says:

      That would be my guess. But the Flug Werk FW190s did not have the blisters around the cowl this one did, and I’ve always seen them with three bladed props.
      I understand they did have some problems with the Chinese sourced engines they were using, so perhaps this one has a different engine that needed those little cowl blisters. And a different engine could have led to a different propeller.
      But that’s enough differences I was wondering if this was just from a different source?

      I tried to google every combination of “new build FW190”, Flug Werk 190, FW190A-9/N I could think of; but the best I could come up with was one solitary photo, with no caption, from about the same angle as the one I took; of this same airplane. But no information on it, it’s cowling or propeller.

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