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  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
  • Sept 16-18, 2016

Bombs Away: Goodbye Guardians of the Great Lakes

Documentary Feature, 2008, 60 min, English, U.S., Not rated

About the Film

Michigan has been home to military installations since 1683; housing French troops, English soldiers, and eventually some of the first fighters ever built. These runways have not only trained the Tuskegee Airmen, but also launched the longest combat mission ever, striking Iraqi targets from half a world away.

Selfridge, Wurtsmith, Kincheloe, KI Sawyer. Join pilot/historian Ric Mixter as he not only chronicles the unique aviation history of these four Michigan airbases, but also flies the final B-52 flights from Wurtsmith and KI Sawyer.

The film includes rare TV interviews with air crews, mechanics, World War II pilots, and a profile of Willow Run, the world's largest factory producing B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II.

Great Lakes connection:

Airbases in Michigan.

Cast & Crew:

Director: Ric Mixter
Producer: Ric Mixter
Screenwriter: Ric Mixter

Director’s Bio:

Ric Mixter is a Great Lakes diver, private pilot, and creator of documentaries that have found a worldwide audience on PBS, the Vision Network, and Outdoor Channel. He has been featured as an on-camera researcher for the Discovery Channel and History Channel, and is also an award-winning news reporter, working for stations all across Michigan. He created Airworthy Productions in 2000 and continues to produce industrial and fundraiser videos fulltime as a videographer.

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Saturday, August 2, 12:15pm
Soo Theatre

Not rated
Documentary Feature
60 min
Country of Origin: U.S.

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