By Edward Cardenas

YPSILANTI (CBS Detroit) – The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport will feature some of the best military and civilian pilots, unique aircraft and a pair of Michiganders who will parachute into the event with the U.S. Army Golden Knights.

Spectators will see two days of flying that will include performances by an aerobatic biplane, historic F-86 Sabre, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.

The highly-trained parachute team includes SSGT David Echeverry, of East Lansing, and SSGT Shelby Bixler, of Port Huron. In addition to performing a number of aerial demonstrations, Bixler will have the honor of flying in the American flag during the jump and emceeing the demonstration Sunday.

“It’s an honor to be on the parachute team,” said Bixler. “It’s an elite program (comprised of) an elite group of soldiers and we get to represent our brothers and sisters that are serving stateside and overseas day-to-day.”

The airshow runs Saturday and Sunday with flying between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day. For tickets, and more information, visit the show’s website.


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