Traverse City National Cherry Festival Kicks-Off with Air Show

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.

Team RV

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.

Click here for more Festival Air Show information.

Online tickets are priced at $13 for adults, and $10 for children 12 and under. Visit cherryfestival.org to purchase tickets. At the gate tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for children.

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Article Comments

  • Anonymous

    Having lived near the GT Bay area, I always dreaded the Air shows. So loud, annoying and dangerous. I don’t understand ppl’s interest in celebrating a war machine..the expense to our country and what these planes were actually used for: to kill ppl. Occasionally these Air Shows result in a crash that not only kills the pilot, but innocent by-standers. It’s such a ridiculous waste.

  • http://community.mynorth.com/members/bsm999/ BSM999

    Anonymous:

    Feel better now??? I don’t consider it a ‘glorification’ of a war machine. It is a performance of skilled pilots and I will watch it any time.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never understood this naive idea that freedom can be defended by just wearing rose-colored glasses and being nice to everybody. Although I agree, war is terrible, unless one is willing to make sacrifices and potentially pay the ultimate cost to defend it, one can not expect freedom to last forever. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance!

  • Anonymous

    Get over it. It’s Happening.

  • Anonymous

    That June 10th post is one if the most ignorant and uniformed posts I’ve ever read. I feel sorry for you. You must be a very sad and disturbed individual. Enjoy the freedom you have earned off the blood of many a veteran pilot. You know, the ones who have given their lives defending the freedoms you now enjoy. Shame on you!

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with the person that correctly states that it is a performance of skilled pilots – and something my family looks forward to every year. You don’t have to go – and if it’s too noisy – head out of town. Hopefully you will never be on the Cherry Festival council………..

  • http://community.mynorth.com/members/spirit580/ Janice Schaub

    I have to agree with the first person, I too live in town and hate the noise and what it does to my dogs etc. I realize its once a year or so and so I don’t complain. However, we do have a right to say we don’t like it. Its dangerous and it would be our lives and homes effected should anything happen. Enjoy the summer but don’t expect everyone who lives here to like everything that goes on.

  • Anonymous

    Are you nuts? Without the US Armed forces your lives would likely be vastly different and probably not for the better. If you dont like it here—i suggest you move as quickly as possible. Maybe Cuba, or another communist country would suit you better. we sure dont need you in TC. The air shows are great and i salute each and every Past and current military member for their service.

  • Anonymous

    Are you nuts? Without the US Armed forces your lives would likely be vastly different and probably not for the better. If you dont like it here—i suggest you move as quickly as possible. Maybe Cuba, or another communist country would suit you better. we sure dont need you in TC. The air shows are great and i salute each and every Past and current military member for their service.

  • http://community.mynorth.com/members/errickiisbcglobal-net/ Dennis David

    Hello!, the 4th celebrates the independence of our country and the blood past and present military veterans shed for it.

    Air show are designed to show some of the air power and skills this country’s airmen have used past and present too.

    Without those pilots and war planes this country would be somewhat different than it is today.