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‘Chrysler Jeep Superstores Thunder Over Michigan’ Airshow Soars August 9 & 10 with WWII War Birds, Reenactment

2008-08-05 09:24:00

‘Chrysler Jeep Superstores Thunder Over Michigan’ Airshow Soars August 9 & 10 with WWII War Birds, Reenactment

Family Festival Air Show at Willow Run Admits Children Under 15 Free Thanks

                 to Title Sponsor Chrysler Jeep Superstores

 More than 90 Vintage "Warbird" and Modern Military Aircraft in Flight and

   Special Appearance by R. Lee Ermey to Benefit Rebuilding of Yankee Air


    DETROIT, Aug. 5 /EMWNews/ -- Special appearances by Gunnery Sgt. R.

Lee Ermey, of The History Channel's Mail Call, the U.S. Navy's F/A-18C

Hornet and the U.S. Air Force's F-16C "Viper" Tactical Demonstration Teams

and a special tribute to the P-47 Thunderbolt will head up the spectacular

entertainment lineup for the "Chrysler Jeep Superstores Thunder Over

Michigan" Air Show, August 9th and 10th at Willow Run Airport. The lineup

announcement was made by title sponsor Chrysler Jeep Superstores

Advertising Association President Jim Schebil and Air show Director Kevin


    Chrysler Jeep Superstores became the first-ever title sponsor of the

10-year-old event last year.

    The two-day "Chrysler Jeep Superstores Thunder Over Michigan" airshow

at historic Willow Run Airport August 9 and 10 features more than 90

military aircraft in flight and in up-close, on-the-ground displays.

Aircraft tours, aviation souvenirs, kids' play area and summer family fun

are all included with discounted admissions as comfortable as $20 in

advance with children 15 and under free.

    This year's event will also feature a special segment dedicated to the

beloved stalwart WWII Heavy Bombers. North America's largest armored WWII

battle reenactment, complete with numerous armored vehicles and aircraft is

also scheduled.

    Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, of Full Metal Jacket fame will be on hand

for both days of the event to sign autographs and take pictures in honor of

the event's 10th anniversary. The Golden Globe-nominated Ermey is working

on the films Cat Tale and Black Mountain, and has appeared in numerous film

and television productions over the last three decades.

    A wide variety of vintage and modern military fighters, bombers and

transports will help round out the show.

    Proceeds from the show will go to the 20-acre Yankee Air Museum

restoration project planned to replace the fire-ravaged facility that left

eight vintage aircraft in ashes when it burned to the ground Oct. 19, 2004.

    "This year promises to be exciting with a salute to the warbirds of

World War II," said Walsh. "These are the rugged but beautiful aircraft --

like the B-17, or the rough and tough P-47 Thunderbolt -- that helped to

create heroes in the 1940s, and stir the American imagination about the

possibilities of flight.

    "We are able to present an exceptional show and eliminate children's

admission fees at the same time this year thanks to the Chrysler Jeep

Superstores stepping up again as our title sponsor," Walsh said.

    Willow Run airport was the site of the world-famous Willow Run Bomber

plant that turned out one B-24 bomber every 55 minutes and more than 8,500

planes in the course of World War Two (WWII). Leaders like England's

Winston Churchill called this area the "Arsenal of Democracy" when the auto

industry quickly switched production to build bombers needed to win the


    "We're taking our hometown dealer involvement tradition to a new

regional level with the title sponsorship of this air show and other major

events this summer as our gifts to the community," Jim Schebil, president

of the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Advertising Association said. "Families

can have a great time for little money while enjoying one of the premier

air shows in the nation."

    More than 90 aircraft are featured in the air and on the ground. Aerial

displays will also include a Soviet MIG-17F, and the C-130H Hercules

heavy-lift military transport aircraft.

    The "Camp Jeep" driving experience will be free with test demonstration

rides on a special Jeep wilderness course. Technical displays and product

specialists will be on hand to answer questions. The Chrysler Mobile

Showcase featuring a host of interactive displays, including Wii video

games and a chance to design your own Chrysler vehicle, or to take a test

drive in the latest Chrysler vehicles, will also be on hand at the event.

    Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Parking is $5 per

vehicle now and $10 at the gate. Children 15 and under are free. New this

year is the addition of flight-line chalets, a tented area that can

accommodate up to 300 people per day. Adult flight-line tickets are $25 per

day in advance and $40 per day at the gate. Children 15 and under are free

when accompanied by an adult.

    Tickets are available at or by phone at

800-585-3737. For more information and airport location directions, visit

the event Web site at: .

    The Chrysler Jeep Superstores Advertising Association is made up of the

39 independently owned Chrysler Jeep Superstores in Southeastern Michigan

from Monroe to Fowlerville and from Clinton to Port Huron. To find out

more, visit .

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