Gathering of Corsairs Set for Thunder Over Michigan

The last time more than five Corsairs gathered together was at the Corsairs Over Connecticut air show in 2011 (five of them are here from the 2010 event), but it has been decades since an air show could boast ten or more... and that just may happen at this year's Thunder Over Michigan air show at Willow Run, which has just confirmed its tenth participant! (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
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Thunder Over Michigan, organized by the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan is one of the most popular air shows in the United States. This year the organizers are arranging what could be the largest Corsair gathering in decades. In fact, Michael Luther, the air show’s director, just announced the 10th Corsair on the list of expected participants! “We have very excited to organize this gather. The Corsair is one of the favorite WWII aircraft for many enthusiasts. We have invited every U.S. based operator and the European as well. We are very excited to now have ten airplanes confirmed. However, we won’t stop here and we will try to add few more!”

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Gentlemen – start your engines… Can you imagine such a scene featuring ten Corsairs!!! (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

The eleven Corsairs confirmed so far are:

F4U-7 Bu.133722 – Erickson Aircraft Collection

F4U-7 Bu.133710 – John O’Connor

F4U-5N Bu.123168 – Fighters & Legends

F4U-4 Bu.97143 – Jim Tobul

FG-1D Bu.92508 – Military Aviation Museum

F4U-4 Bu.97388 – Wings Of The North

FG-1D Bu.92468  – Commemorative Air Force – Dixie Wing 

F4U-5NL Bu.122179 – Collings Foundation

FG-1D Bu.88090/NZ5612 – Louis Horschel

FG-1D Bu.67089 – Elenville, LLC

* Updated on 03/06/19 – FG-1D Corsair – Mid America Flight Museum

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Three of the bent wing birds lining up for their photo-call at Corsairs Over Connecticut in 2005. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

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Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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