View Full Version : Some pics from Michigan Thunder Airshow...

08-08-2005, 02:56 PM
Hope you like them...







There were 8 B17s up at once...

Awe inspiring.

08-08-2005, 03:22 PM
That 109 is a thing of beautie, I hope its full appreciated out there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. Europe's "black 6" is still sorely missed.

Great photos. did you get to take any internals at all? Thats where the real heart and soul of an aircraft is for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

08-08-2005, 03:37 PM

That B-17 with the yellow tail, was that Fuddy duddy? It was here in Utah a month ago.

08-08-2005, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by Arm_slinger:

Great photos. did you get to take any internals at all? Thats where the real heart and soul of an aircraft is for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Ask and ye shall recieve:



08-08-2005, 06:29 PM
We were camping about 20 miles south west of the air port and saw one of the B17G a B24 and three of the fighters escorting a twin engined I could not identify and a couple of other planes at greater distance.

08-08-2005, 07:28 PM
Nice pics...... very nice indeed.

08-08-2005, 08:02 PM
Great shots especially the canadian emil, beautiful bird.

08-08-2005, 09:34 PM
Originally posted by ElAurens:

There were 8 B17s up at once...

Awe inspiring.


I wish I coulda been there....
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08-08-2005, 10:39 PM
Let your imaginations run wild for a moment and picture yourself standing at Beachy Head on the channel coast as a thousand plane raid forms up and heads outbound for targets deep in Germany. Think of the mighty drone of 4000 Wright Cyclones as the bomber stream slips past. The growl of Merlins as the little friends weave throught the stream of bombers. Picture yourself on the tarmac of a Luftwaffe airbase deep in occupied France sitting in your flight gear and waiting, knowing that any moment the alert klaxons may sound sending dozens of sleek fighters screaming down the active and clawing for altitude. In this sim we can touch those beautiful and terrible times and remember those that served and the sacrifices of all. All to soon the great warbirds of the second world war will cease to grace the skys and fire the imaginations of todays generation. Such a priveledge we have to be able to touch a small part of that history and feel for just a moment a small part of the fear and elation and joy of flight.

lest we forget


08-09-2005, 04:59 AM
That was indeed one awesome show!!
Although the B29 couldn't make it the 109 made up for it! After reading all the pilot accounts about how tricky those birds were to take off in after seeing it I could plainly tell they are a handful! Never seen so much rudder and aileron use on a take off! Beautiful site for sure and yes the B17s were awesome!! One in the air is cool but 8!!!!!!

08-09-2005, 05:37 AM
Originally posted by ElAurens:

There were 8 B17s up at once...

Awe inspiring.

Those photo's are great, what camera setup were you using? What was the sound of those B17's like? I've never had the luck to see 8 airborne at once.


08-09-2005, 12:08 PM
Wow, thats a nice original looking cockpit. I hate it when cockpits are completely modernised http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

08-09-2005, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by ElAurens:
Hope you like them...

You bet I do http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Thanks for sharing!


08-09-2005, 04:10 PM
Originally posted by YouthInAsia:
what camera setup were you using?

Those were shot with a FUJI FinePix S5000 originally at 3 mega pixel resolution. Resized for web posting.

08-09-2005, 04:56 PM
Nice Pictures,

I was there too. My favorite of the day was the 109. As I mostly fly allied planes, I had my 3 year old daughter saying "Here comes that sneaky little guy" on each approach. I still get a bit of adrenaline when they line up a mock run on you. Gotta love summer....

08-09-2005, 05:22 PM
Those pics are the "Shinizzle"! Thanks for sharing.

08-09-2005, 05:59 PM
Wow! Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

08-09-2005, 09:16 PM
more from the same venue:


08-09-2005, 09:29 PM
GRRR why was that emil not at oshkosh!?!?!

08-10-2005, 03:31 AM
Very nice pics, thanks for sharing.

Cheers, CrazySchmidt. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

08-10-2005, 11:31 AM
Wow, I think everyone else has said it all. I love B17s in particular, but don't suppose I'll ever get to see 8 on the ground here in the UK, let alone flying............http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif.

Thx for the great pics.

08-10-2005, 12:24 PM
Just wanted to mention: if any of you ever get the chance, and if you can actually afford it, you must go for a ride in a B-17! I got the pleasure to ride in one at Livermore, California during the July 4th weekend. The ride was brief (~20 min), and costly ($400), but for the experience it was worth every penny.

There was also a flying B-24 Liberator, as well a small assortment of other WWII craft (including a P-51 that flew in later). One of the aircraft actually experienced engine trouble when first arriving at KLVK before the weekend, and had to put down in a field right next to the 580 highway, which is right next to the airport! It was a good, safe putdown, considering there is a fair amount of hilly terrain to the north and east of KLVK.

08-10-2005, 07:18 PM
Wow, great pics ElAurens! Thanks for posting them. I've heard about this event-- can't believe they had 8 B-17's up at once. And wonderful post Fenris459. Hard to believe such a thing as a thousand bomber raid ever actually took place.

Treetop-- were those the Collings Foundation planes you are referring to? I paid handsomely for the privilege of going up in their B-17 several years ago and believe me it was worth every penny.

Here's a shot I took from the nose of their 17 flying over the Long Island Sound a few years ago. You feel pretty exposed sitting up in that nose bubble:

And here's a large shot I took at Westover AFB last year. I was literally sitting on my bum on the taxiway looking up with nothing between me and those four whirling Hamilton Standards. What a great experience!
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08-10-2005, 09:40 PM
Originally posted by Docjonel:
Treetop-- were those the Collings Foundation planes you are referring to?

Yep, that's it! The B-17 was Nine-o-Nine. I wish I had pics, but I was just going to the airport to waste some time, and possibly go up, and I basically stumbled into the show. I had no idea they would be there.

08-10-2005, 10:02 PM
8 B-17s? I thought they didn't have that many anymore! Thats awesome. I have so much respect for the men that climbed into those machines (from both sides) and the only way we can honour them is to keep these babies flying.

Theres nothing like the sound of a rolls royce merlin engine starting up (Spits). I was at an airshow where this baby (a spit IX I think) turned heads...http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif