Thunder Over Michigan – 2016

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!

About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; 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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13 Responses to Thunder Over Michigan – 2016

  1. 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.

    • atcDave says:

      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.

  2. jfwknifton says:

    I really enjoyed those pictures! A bonus was the striking dark patterns on the runway, and the Batmobile.

  3. 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.

  4. Pierre Lagacé says:

    Was the Canadian CF–188 2016 demo there?

  5. Murad ÖZER says:

    looks like a hell of a show to attend to, thanks a bunch for the pix Dave! 🙂

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