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We are excited to invite you, distinguished members of the media, to the 2024 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival, to take place July 3rd through the 7th at Battle Creek Executive Airport in Battle Creek, Michigan. This is an event you will NOT want to miss as we have one of the best air show lineups in the country this year! This is a once-in-a-lifetime event bringing together several military demonstrations, including the final A-10 Demonstration in Battle Creek, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the F-16 with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, and more… plus some of the BEST Civilian Air Show acts in the country as well as some warbirds!

Fresh off of a Top 10 finish once again as one of the Best Air Shows in North America (according to USA Today 10Best Voters), this year’s event promises to be one of the best ones yet! As the Nation’s LARGEST combined Air Show & Balloon Festival, Michigan’s Largest Air Show, Michigan’s Largest Balloon Festival, and Battle Creek’s Largest Event, we pride ourselves as being one of the innovators in the aerial event landscape and being “America’s Air Show” (due to being the largest and longest annual running 4th of July Air Show in the country).

This event is such a big economic boost for the region and also serves as a fundraiser for local area nonprofits. There are truly numerous storylines available every year for the event. The 2024 event will feature the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS Air Demonstration Squadron in their six red, white, and blue painted F-16 Fighting Falcons. In addition, we’ll also feature the United States Army Golden Knights in their first appearance here since 1997. Other military demos include the highly recognizable United States Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team. The “Warthog” has a lot of history here in Battle Creek and they are going to be retired soon. This is the final season for the A-10 Demo Team and we are pairing it up for a super rare Heritage Flight (seriously, this isn’t seen that often) with a P-47 Thunderbolt. Seeing the Thunderbolt II and Thunderbolt together is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We’ll also be having the United States Navy present with two “TOP GUN” Demos. The first being the F/A-18F Super Hornet RHINO DEMO TEAM from VFA-106 at NAS Oceana in their only Michigan appearance this year. We’ll also have the F-35C Lightning II Demo Team from VFA-125 at NAS Lemoore, also in their only Michigan appearance.

Outside of the military, we have one of the best air show lineups in the nation featuring three highly sought after unlimited aerobatic performers in Rob Holland, Skip Stewart, and Bill Stein. That’s just getting started though, we’ll also feature formation aerobatics with Redline Airshows, Aerobatics & Skywriting with Nathan Hammond “GhostWriter”, as well as some other award winning acts, including the comedic Franklin’s Flying Circus. Just when you think “that’s it”, we also have a good warbird contingent scheduled this year including “Ace Maker Airshows” with the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, Planes of Fame’s P-38 Lightning “23 Skidoo”, and a P-47 Thunderbolt flown by Steven Hinton, Jr. Plus, we’ll have Firewalkers International Pyro including the WALL OF FIRE as well as one of the Nation’s LARGEST Twilight & Night Air Shows! It’s truly going to be an EPIC air show!

That’s not all though, we’ll have FIVE days full of entertainmnet including:

-Daily Hot-Air Balloon Launches

-DreamBig, LLC’s F/A-18 Hornet “TOP GUN” Cockpit Experience complete with photos

-David “The Bullet” Smith “The Human Cannonball” performing daily. He’s a world record holder and award winner!

-Skerbeck Entertainment Group Carnival (open July 3rd-6th)

-AirshowEntertainment Bouncin’ Binz Attractions on July 7th featuring Thunderbirds

Rideable Go-Karts and many other fun attractions

-Field of Rock Concerts presented by FireKeepers Casino

-Balloon Illumes presented by KALSEE Credit Union

-TWO Fireworks Displays presented by ACE PYRO

-Kid’s Day Giveaways on Sunday, July 7th

-Best Air Show Food!

-Arts & Crafts, Specialty Booths, Novelty Vendors and more!

-Interactive Displays

-Battle Creek Half-Marathon & 5K

…..and much, much more!

To help us keep track of submissions and also make it easier on us to facilitate your coverage, we have an entirely online form for you to fill out. Please fill it out (linked below) and click submit. We will then review your application and be in contact from there. We’ll be able to take all of that information and put together a “flight plan” that is tailored to the coverage you need. If you are looking for additional story ideas, feel free to reach out. We have many story ideas PLUS an archive of footage and images for use (in addition to press kits from performers).

We greatly appreciate all of the support we have received from all affiliates and we are here to help you get the best in interviews and coverage. All you have to do is fill out the form here (or visit our website and select Media Credentials), complete the application, and let the fun begin!

BONUS THIS YEAR: Join us on July 3rd for a MEDIA ONLY Air Show! This is our “rehearsal day” for the air show and we will allow registered media on the field when the gates are closed to the public. This will be a great day to not only get footage to help promote the weeks activities, but it’s also a great day to get interviews, photos, and more! If you’re interested, simply select the option on your application. We’ll have media events planned for that day with specific interviews! Once the rehearsal show ends, we open the gates officially for the 2024 event and you can be a part of the fun that evening as well!

Thank you, and we look forward to working with you in promoting this outstanding Battle Creek Community Event!

Regards,

Bretten Bailey
Nancy Edwards
Patti Mitchell
Battle Creek Field of Flight Media Committee
Barb Haluszka, Executive Director

Any questions, please reach out to Brett Bailey at [email protected] or 269-808-1362.

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