National Cherry Festival

July 4th to 11th, 2015

Traverse City, MI

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National Cherry Festival Takes Flight over West Grand Traverse Bay Again in 2015!

Join us for the 89th National Cherry Festival Air Show, sponsored by Cherry Capital Airport, Northern Michigan Toyota Dealers, Sam's Club, Schmuckal Oil, Harbour Air, NMC Aviation and Charter Communications on Saturday, July 4 and 5 for two exciting airshows!   

Watching from the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay? Listen live on WTCM AM 580 to hear air show commentators give minute to minute maneuvering.

The National Cherry Festival welcomes
2015 Air Show Performers:


U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted
personnel performing in almost 30 job specialties.

A Thunderbirds air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The four-jet
diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the lead
and opposing solo aircraft highlight some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting

The pilots perform approximately 40 maneuvers in a demonstration. The entire show, including
the ground show and air demonstration, lasts about 75 minutes. The season typically starts in
March and ends in November, with the winter months used to train new members.
Officers serve a two-year assignment with the squadron, while enlisted personnel serve three to

The squadron performs no more than 80 air demonstrations each year and has never canceled a demonstration due to maintenance difficulty. More than 280 million people in all 50 states and
57 foreign countries have seen the red, white and blue Thunderbirds jets in more than 3,500
aerial demonstrations

Visit the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Team Aerodynamix

Team AeroDynamix fills the sky with a stunning display of precision formation aerobatics that engages audiences from start to finish with a graceful, powerful, and exciting aerial demonstration. From the moment Flight Lead and Team Founder Mike "Kahuna" Stewart calls "smoke on" in the opening burst, Team AeroDynamix masterfully maneuvers its fleet through air show center to create an action adventure performance for spectators.

No other air show act in the world puts as many aircraft before the crowd at one time as does Team AeroDynamix. The resulting nonstop action is one reason spectators rate this show among their favorites.With thousands of hours of amassed flying time in military, commercial, and civilian aviation, the professional pilots of Team AeroDynamix bring a diverse background to flight operations. This experience equips the team with the discipline and safety required for close formation flying. Often, less than three feet separates the planes during the show. The routine requires intense concentration and complete trust in fellow wingmen. The team trains and behaves much like a military squadron, but is a self-funded, civilian organization.

The RV-series custom-built aircraft flown by Team AeroDynamix are stressed for 6 g's and attain speeds in excess of 230 mph. Most pilots built their own planes, and no two planes are exactly alike. Each paint scheme creates a colorful palette for spectators. Children, in particular, tend to choose their favorite aircraft and are quick to identify the pilots by the color of their planes.

Team AeroDynamix creates a memorable experience on the ground as well as in the air.

Visit Team Aerodynamix

U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was established in 1946 and is a part of the United States Coast Guards Ninth District.  We are situated on the southern end of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan. Since 1995, Air Station Traverse City has controlled and manned Air Facilities throughout southern Lake Michigan.  Our area of operations includes all of Lake Michigan and a greater part of Lake Superior and Lake Huron. 

Visit United States Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

John Klatt

Lt. Col. John Klatt is one of the top aerobatic performance pilots in America.  He has thrilled millions of air show spectators for the past decade, with his own unique blend of precision, power and performance.  He has served in the Air National Guard for more than 20 years - flying combat, air support and humanitarian missions throughout the world in the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" and the C-130 "Hercules" aircraft.

John's Air National Guard career and service has equipped him with some of the finest flight training in the world, and it is a tremendous honor for him to use those skills to entertain air show fans, and encourage them to learn more about the outstanding opportunities and benefits available in the Air National Guard.

Visit John Klatt and his Team

Kevin Copeland

KC Aerosports, LLC is based in the Traverse City, MI area, operated by Kevin Copeland, that offers upset maneuver recovery training, spin training, scenic air tours, basic and precision Aerobatic lessons for pilots, and adrenaline pumping Aerobatic thrill rides for non-pilots all flown over the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay area.


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