Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake

The B-25 Mitchell is just one of the vintage airplanes flown during the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake. Rides on it will be available in Athens.

If you have never witnessed Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake, here is your chance.  

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake will once again bring the re-enactment of a World War II mission to the Pinnacle Golf Club on Cedar Creek Lake  Saturday, July 2.

This airshow is billed as the “fifth largest air show in the United States.”  

According to promoters “This is the only airshow to fly over water in the Southwest.”

The airshow performance takes place entirely over Cedar Creek Lake, where you can watch the action, and listen to the flight controllers from your boat.

Some of the vintage aircraft you will see include an A-37 Dragonfly Jet. The aircraft is a legend.

Although it now sees limited service, it was introduced during the Vietnam War, and has since proven its worth. It has flown thousands of sorties during that period, and although two planes met their end in landing accidents, none ever succumbed to enemy fire.

You will have the opportunity to witness two 1944 WWII B-25 Mitchells, affectionately known as "Show Me," coming from The Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, St. Charles, Missouri. This rare warbird is among only a handful of B-25s to still grace the skies, and one of the few in the Midwest.

The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II, as well as many other air forces after the war ended, and saw service across four decades.

The B-25 was named in honor of Gen. Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. By the end of its production, nearly 10,000 B-25s in numerous models had been built.

Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake was established as the primary fundraiser for the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation (CCVF).

CCVF's  mission is to honor the men and women who have served to protect our American freedoms, and to be of direct benefit to the survivors of the soldiers by providing financial support for those agencies responsible for their care and nurture.

The families of those individuals who have served are the core to the normalization of our injured, and rehabilitating  soldiers  into the civilian setting.

The airshow will entertain and enthrall you with aerial vintage aircraft, new technology, dog fighting simulations, fly bys, acrobatics and an up-close-and-personal experience with the power of our military jet fighter. The spectators will see an amazing array of both civilian and military aircraft.

The Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Airshow will honor past and present military personnel, and proceeds will benefit, not only the personnel, but also the families of our selfless military veterans, by assisting with the funds needed by all of the benefiting charities.

View Thunder Over Cedar Creek Air Show free  from boats, local parks and private property, as long as you know, and have permission from the property owners.

There are VIP tickets available, via charitable donation of $50 to the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation (CCVF). The VIP seating is  located on the private shores of Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club. Tickets to the airshow are required to enter Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club, unless you are a resident or guest of a resident.

Airshow tickets can be purchased at www/ or e-mail Patty Evans  For more information about the airshow, call Evans at 903-451-1020.

Prior to the airshow, the Athens Jet Center will be the place to be, as several of the planes in the show will be on display.  From 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m., there will be several aircraft on display, including two B-25s, a helicopter,  an Albatross,  Mitsubishi Zeros and a mini jet.

Entry into the Jet Center is free, while a fee will be charged for anyone wanting to ride In a B-25.

Weather permitting, Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake is expected to start at 6:30 p.m. on July 2.  

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