TRAVERSE CITY — A change within the flight plan means the U.S. Air Power Thunderbirds will take to the skies throughout this 12 months’s Nationwide Cherry Pageant.
Pageant officers confirmed that the group will fly over West Grand Traverse Bay June 29-30, after the squadron initially stated they would not have the ability to make their conventional odd-year gig in rotation with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
“The dates didn’t work at the moment,” stated Cherry Pageant Govt Director Kat Paye of their request a 12 months and a half in the past to finalize the schedule.
The Thunderbirds have been initially set to carry out in Rhode Island the identical weekend because the Cherry Fest. When the present was canceled, the Thunderbirds put Traverse Metropolis again on their docket.
“We have been simply as shocked as everybody else,” Paye stated. “It’s very late to seek out out if a group can come, however we’re excited and completely satisfied to welcome them.”
She added that they deliberate to host an evening air present on Saturday, however they determined to stay to 2 demonstrations as an alternative of three.
“All of the performers lined up for Saturday are nonetheless doing day reveals,” she stated.
Admission to each air reveals is free. The performances are anticipated to start round 1 p.m. and final about 75 minutes. The Thunderbirds additionally plan to apply on June 28.