Traverse City's 86th Annual National Cherry Festival opens with the anticipated Festival Air Shows on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 2012, at 12:45 p.m. both days. Pilots will fly over West Grand Traverse Bay, in perfect position for crowds at the Festival Open Space in Traverse City to watch.
Scheduled to perform this year are:
The Black Diamond Jet Team
With the recent addition of a seventh jet to the group, The Black Diamond Jet Team amps up the heart-stopping factor of thier fast paced aerial aerobatics and military style formations. Based out of Lakeland, Florida, the all-civilian Team preforms in Arcitic camoflage as a nod to the militaristic influences in thier flight patterns.
The world's largest air show team, Team RV's preformance features formation aerobatics and precision formation flying. Team members fly twelve expirimental kitplanes; nimble, fast flying monoplanes capable of reaching over 200 mph. Even more impressivly, most team members build their own planes!
Local pilot and Vietnam Veteran Greg Shetterly,
Shetterly will be flying the SHETTERLY DR-107, a monoplane of his own design and construction. Build from wood, steel tube, and fabric fuselage the plane is a true work of art. Shetterly is a graduate of the NWMC Flight Program in Traverse City, Michigan, who has been flying for 38 years as a professional pilot.
All of the Festival Air Show performers will be participating in a 'practice show' on Friday, July 6, 2012 with the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station of Traverse City. The Festival Air Shows are scheduled for approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday July 7, and Sunday July 8, and will be simulcast on WTCM AM Radio. Public "Flight Deck" seating is available at the Festival Open Space "Upper Deck." This year, Festival goers seated in the "Flight Deck" will receive complimentary Wings and snacks from Buffalo Wild Wings.