National Cherry Festival Takes Flight over West Grand Traverse Bay Again in 2016!
Join us for the 90th National Cherry Festival Air Show, sponsored by Cherry Capital Airport, Northern Michigan Toyota Dealers, Sam's Club, Schmuckal Oil, AVFlight, NMC Aviation, Charter Spectrum, and the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday, July 2, 3 and 4 for three exciting air shows!
Airshow starts at 1:15pm
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.
Redline Air Shows
Redline Airshows is a dynamic 2-ship formation aerobatic performance team. The opposing inverted and formation maneuvers are a crowd pleaser.
Ken and Jon both reside in Cincinnati and keep their airplanes in adjoining hangars. They have been flying formation together for more than 10 years.
Mike Goulian doesn't just fly an air show; he attacks it. Millions of air show spectators around the globe have witnessed the ferocity of a Mike Goulian air show performance. Every roll, pull, and tumble of his flight is a deliberate execution of precision. With his aggressive approach to the air show arena, Mike Goulian has mastered the ability to convey his message of passion through flight. Today, Mike's performance is the perfect marriage between and and machine. The only airplane capable of delivering a Mike Goulian performance is EXTRA 330SC. Composed of high tech, lightweight carbon-fiber and rugged steel construction, the EXTRA 330SC is the world's most high performance aerobatic airplane.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
During the aerobatic demonstrations over West Grand Traverse Bay, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, split into the Diamond Formation (Blue Angels 1 through 4) and the Lead and Opposing Solos (Blue Angels 5 and 6). Most of the show alternates between maneuvers preformed by the Diamond Formation and those performed by the Solos.
The Diamond, in tight formation and usually at lower speeds (400 mph), performs maneuvers such as formation loops, barrel rolls and transitions from one formation to another. The Solos showcase the high performance capabilities of their individual aircraft through the execution of high-speed passes, slow passes, fast rolls, slow tools, and very tights turns. The highest speed found at an air show is 700 mph (just under Mach 1) and the lowest speed is 120 mph.
Some of the maneuvers include both solo aircraft performing at once, such as opposing passes (toward each other in what appears to be a collision course) and mirror formations (back-to-back, belly-to-belly, or wingtip-to-wingtip, with one jet flying inverted). The Solos join the Diamond Formation near the end of the show for a number of maneuvers in the Delta Formation.
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.
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.
Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Team
The CF-18 Demonstration Team will return to the North American 2016 sir show season with Captain Ryan Kean and his special painted CF-18 Hornet commemorating the 75th anniversary of the pan-Canadian effort to train aircrew for the Second World, including pilots wireless operators, air gunners, and navigators through the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.