Wings Over Muskegon Announces Initial Performers
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (December 13, 2022) – Today at the annual International Council of Air Shows Convention, Wings Over Muskegon Air Show officials learned that the U.S. Air Force Aerial Combat Command has selected the A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team to appear at the Air Show on July 8-9, 2023. Performing superb close-air support for troops on the ground, the A-10 is highly maneuverable at low speeds and low altitude along with the ability to loiter for long periods of time. The twin-engine Thunderbolt II can be used against light maritime attack aircraft and all ground targets including tanks and armored vehicles. Affectionately called the “Warthog”, the A-10 has an impressive 30mm Gatling gun that can fire 3,900 rounds a minute along with laser guided munitions, Maverick and Sidewinder missiles. The USAF Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team hails from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ.
Joining the A-10 in the performer lineup is world-renowned civilian aerobatic pilot, Rob Holland. The 11-time, consecutive U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and 5-time, consecutive World 4-minute Freestyle Aerobatic Champion will dazzle spectators in his one-of-a-kind MXS-RH all carbon-fiber aircraft. Rob’s magnificent aerobatic skills along with his state-of-the-art airplane allow him to tumble and spin in ways that no once else can replicate.
A civilian five-ship formation squad, the Hooligans Flight Team, will also join the list of performers. The five-ship team will consist of four T-34 Mentors and one L-17 Navion. The two-seat Mentor was developed in the early 1950’s as a training aircraft for the United States Air Force and Navy. Successfully used for decades by the U.S. military, the Mentor was recently replaced by the T-6 Texan II. The four-seat L-19 Navion was produced post-WW II and was designed for the military as a liaison or support aircraft. It was also used during the Korean War as a
Forward Air Control airplane. John Workman, Muskegon resident and charter member of the Hooligans, is also a pilot for Wings of Mercy, that provides transportation to medical destinations for patients who couldn’t otherwise afford it. His company, Eagle Alloy Inc., is sponsoring the Hooligan Flight Team at the Wings Over Muskegon Air Show.
The Yankee Air Museum, producer of Wings Over Muskegon, will offer Air Adventures on four of the Museum’s aircraft: the B17, B25, C47 and the Huey Helicopter. The rides will occur on July 6-7 and will continue throughout the air show weekend. Those rides can be scheduled now at https://yankeeairmuseum.org/fly/. All tickets to the Air Show must be purchased online and are available at https://wingsovermuskegon.com/. Dynamic pricing exists
for general admission tickets and parking passes. This means that the cheapest tickets exist today and will
increase as preset ticket thresholds are hit. Wings Over Muskegon will be family-friendly for budgets as all children 15-years-old and younger are free in the general admission areas. There will also be a variety of reserved seating areas that will include VIP parking, a variety of refreshing beverage options including adult options along with delicious food choices that vary from grilled luncheon meals to an all-day high-end menu.
The Yankee Air Museum, in conjunction with the Muskegon County Airport and its professional management company, F3 Airport, are excited to bring back an air show to the airport after 17 years. The non-profit Yankee Air Museum assumes financial liability for the event and will use any proceeds to support the Museum and its flyable aircraft.
About USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team: https://www.dm.af.mil/A-10-Demonstration-Team/
About Rob Holland Aerosports: https://www.ultimateairshows.com/home
About the Hooligan Flight Team: http://hooliganflight.com/
About Yankee Air Museum: Established in 1981 the Yankee Air Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. The Yankee Air Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industry and its associated technologies while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national accomplishments. Yankee Air Museum, located at 47884 D Street, Belleville, Michigan on the grounds of historic Willow Run Airport. Visit www.yankeeairmuseum.org to discover more or call 734-483-4030.