Salute to Canada by The Yankee Air Force

This last weekend (6/12 & 6/13) the Yankee Air Museum, at Willow Run Airport, hosted a mini Air Show scheduled for just two hours each evening.

They kicked off the evening with their own flying collection doing fly bys, this meant Stearman, Huey, O-2; then the big girls, C-47, B-25 and B-17. A Canadian aerobatic pilot I was unfamiliar with was also added to the line up, apparently very last minute because I can’t find his name anywhere on-line!

Then the main event was the RCAF Snowbirds, followed by a CF-18 demonstration team.

The Snowbirds put on a fun show in their CT-114 Tutors. They fly the largest formation of any North American jet team, normally nine planes.

A single CF-18 closed out the night with an acceptable amount of noise!

It was a drive-in event, a new format due to lingering Covid restrictions that involved driving your own vehicle onto airport grounds and being assigned a parking slot with plenty of room for your own seating, blanket or whatever. It was a fun way of doing things, and presumably a bit of a rehearsal for Thunder Over Michigan in August. The good news is, no problems finding your car after! But this was obviously an inefficient use of space, expect the main airshow to be severely limited on capacity.
Also notice the pictures here are much better than what I normally post of an air show, thank my wife and her much better than an iPhone camera!

One very nice thing about this way of doing an airshow, tickets were sold by the carload. So we asked a couple of friends along at no extra cost to anyone! The one in front had never seen an airshow before.

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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4 Responses to Salute to Canada by The Yankee Air Force

  1. Pierre Lagacé says:

    Precious memories Dave. I have seen the Snowbirds a few times and you never get tired to see them.

  2. jfwknifton says:

    It looks to have been a great show. Those lingering restrictions due to Covid may be here for a very long time yet if people don’t get vaccinated.

    • atcDave says:

      We’re already seeing most restrictions ending, and COVID numbers are dropping away dramatically. Our vaccination rate is a little over 50%, which seems to be adequate.
      And we’re going to Dayton Air Show next month, which is mostly restriction free. The best thing is just seeing people get comfortable doing things together again.

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