With air shows canceled, the US Navy’s Blue Angels are taking their usual training runs on the road. They will be flying over Ann Arbor on Tuesday, May 12 as part of salutes to Detroit, Chicago, and Indianapolis.
Their Detroit flight path will take them over Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti starting at 11:30am on Tuesday, May 12.
Ann Arbor Blue Angels Flyover Route
The Blue Angels will be starting their Detroit run in Sutton Lake at 11:30am. They will fly across Scio Township crossing I-94 just east of M-14. They will continue over the city towards the hospital and turn southeast. They should cross US-23 near Washtenaw Ave. They will fly over downtown Ypsilanti. They will loop into Ypsilanti Township before heading northeast through Wayne and Macomb Counties before ending at the Detroit Airport.
The entire flyover is scheduled to last 21 minutes. I would plan to be outside before 11:30a and expect it to be gone from Washtenaw County by 11:40.
Residents are requested not to travel or congregate to see the flyover. They are going to be a little east of us, but I am going to make sure we are outside to see if we can see them.
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Michigan Air National Guard Flyover
The 127th Wing of Michigan Air National Guard is also conducting a flyover of the state on Tuesday. With the Blue Angels flying over the metro Detroit area, their flyover is focused on other parts of the state – Marquette, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Battle Creek. However, one of their flight plans is over Ann Arbor.
Based on these times, they should be over Ann Arbor between leaving Battle Creek at 3:32p and returning to Selfridge Air Force Base at 3:47p. However, when comparing the flyover times between Grand Rapids and Battle Creek and Battle Creek and Selfridge, they are covering many more miles between Battle Creek and Selfridge in less time. This means higher speeds which are usually at a higher altitude. So, I would not expect a good view of this flyover in Ann Arbor.
Other Opportunities to see Flyovers
Ann Arbor is no stranger to flyovers. Between the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show and flyovers before Michigan football games, we get our fair share of flyovers here.
The Blue Angels are scheduled to participate in the Thunder Over Michigan in August 2020. However, with continued social distancing, there is no guarantee that event will happen. We live in eastern Pittsfield Township, so we will sometimes see the jets flyover on their way to and from the air show.
Michigan Football features flyovers at the start of some games. The Goodyear blimp is also a frequent visitor for games. One fall, before the Michigan game, it even flew over the Scarlett soccer fields for Rec & Ed opening day (I am sure that was a coincidence).
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