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!
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 apologize for not many pictures this year. That’s why you should all go for yourselves!
You can’t beat the classic batmobile! I’ll bet the P-51 and the F-22 were quite a sight. Thanks for the post Dave.
Its funny, the “Woodward Dream Cruise” was going on at the same time just a few miles away. Its a bigger local event, and all about classic cars. It just made me wonder if maybe the Batmobile got lost?!
It was an incredible Heritage Flight! The shape of the F-22 is just so different, very broad and flat, some obvious stealth properties involved; while the Mustang is the very definition of classic and traditional. Just very dramatic.
I really enjoyed those pictures! A bonus was the striking dark patterns on the runway, and the Batmobile.
You like the tar?! Well cool!
The bat mobile was definitely a surprise.
The dreaded grey sky! But I’m glad it didn’t spoil your day. A great line up you had and nice to see the F-22 along side the P-51.
And I still managed to get a sunburn! That’s just not right…
Oh dear you have my sympathy, the downside of looking skyward!
It’s the price we pay for an air show.
Was the Canadian CF–188 2016 demo there?
Not this weekend. Back in July the Yankee Air Museum hosted a “Canada Night” with both the Snow Birds and the tactical demo.
looks like a hell of a show to attend to, thanks a bunch for the pix Dave! 🙂
You bet! It was a good time.