BATTLE CREEK/KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It’s the biggest annual event every year in Southwest Michigan. The Field of Flight Air show and Balloon festival had to scrub their first two scheduled balloon events Thursday nightdue to high wind conditions. However, all is set to move forward as scheduled for the remainder of the weekend.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived into the WMU aviation campus in Battle Creek Thursday afternoon for the festival. Major Caroline Jensen, pilot of Thunderbird No. 3, spoke with WKZO about the upcoming shows and what it takes to be a Thunderbird. Watch above.
The Thunderbirds honor a fallen soilder in every air show by flying their name on the No. 1 jet. In this weekends show, Army Sgt. Joshua Throckmorton will be remembered by the Thunderbirds as their chosen "Hometown Hero". For a story on Joshua, click here.
There's much to enjoy at the festival including musical acts performed each evening between the balloon launches as well as twilight activities such as balloon illume, fireworks, and a twilight air and pyro show Saturday night.
Attendees are encouraged to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water because it’s expected to be very hot and very humid.