Friday, August 12, 2011

Waterloo Air Show offers two rare displays that commemorate Canada's rich military history

Historic 3-plane formation flight between a CF-18, an F-86 Sabre & a P-40 Kittyhawk

The 2011 edition of the Waterloo Air Show is pleased to announce a never-seen before historical formation flight over the skies of the Region of Waterloo International Airport which will honour three separate generations of aircraft used by Canada’s Air Force.

The formation flight will be comprised of the 2011 CF-18 Demonstration Team jet, along with the Korean War-era Discovery Air Canadair Sabre jet in its unique 1960s Golden Hawks paint scheme, and a Curtiss P40-N Kittyhawk which honours the legacy of Canada’s own W/C James “Stocky” Edwards who flew hundreds of missions in the Kittyhawk as part of 260 Squadron during the North African campaign in World War II.

This will be a rare opportunity for people to witness Canadian military aircraft spanning three generations of service, flying together.

The CF-18 joins us from 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, while the F-86 Sabre and P-40 Kittyhawk join us from Vintage Wings of Canada in Gatineau, Quebec.

"Yellow Wings Tour" offers a rare display commemorating the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP)

The Waterloo Air Show is extremely proud to host Vintage Wings of Canada's "Yellow Wings Tour" as part of the show's ground display. These five training aircraft -- a Tiger Moth, Cornell, Finch, Stearman and Harvard -- commemorate one of the greatest military and industrial achievements in Canada during World War II: the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).

The Plan, from 1939 to 1945, saw Canada become a world-renowned training ground for wartime student pilots from across Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and many other countries. This massive undertaking created almost 100 BCATP flying schools across Canada that trained more than 200,000 air crew. Nearly half of the Commonwealth air forces' pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, air gunners, wireless operators, and flight engineers were trained on Canadian soil.

Both these special events will serve to remind us of the sacrifices made by those in uniform, past and present, through the generations of proud service which Canada has been a part of.

Waterloo Air Show

The 3rd annual Waterloo Air Show will feature the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the Canadian Forces SkyHawks Parachute Team, the CF-18 Demonstration Team, the U.S. Air Force Viper East F-16 Demonstration Team, among other historical and aerobatic performers.

The show also features a large ground display of additional aircraft, exhibits, a kids zone, beer garden and more. A great day's outing for the whole family!

When: Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21
Where: Region of Waterloo Int'l Airport, 4881 Fountain Street North, Breslau
Time: Gates open 9am - 5pm. Air Show runs 1-4:30pm.
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