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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fighter power, Snowbirds at Waterloo Air Show

Canadian Forces Snowbirds to appear at show (Ken Lin photo)
Fighter power joins the Canadian Forces Snowbirds
at the Waterloo Air Show
August 20 & 21, 2011

The 3rd annual Waterloo Air Show welcomes the roar of fighter jets this year, as two front-line fighters join the Canadian Forces Snowbirds on August 20th and 21st at the Region of Waterloo International Airport to offer one of the summer's best family events.

This two-day event combines ground and flying displays that will entertain, educate and inspire anyone who enjoys the thrill and power of flight. This year's show line-up is the best to date, with all 3 Canadian Forces demonstration teams participating: the Snowbirds, the SkyHawks Parachute Team and the CF-18 fighter jet. The air show also welcomes its first U.S. Air Force participation with their F-16 Fighting Falcon. All this in addition to daredevil aerobatics, historical warbirds and more!

2011 Waterloo Air Show line-up:

·         Canadian Forces Snowbirds - with their awe-inspiring 9-plane aerobatic formations
·         Canadian Forces SkyHawks - parachute formation team celebrating their 40th anniversary
·         Canadian Forces CF-18           - Canada's fighter jet
·         U.S. Air Force F-16                   - American front line fighter jet
·         Discovery Air 'Hawk One'      - F-86 Sabre from Vintage Wings of Canada, Gatineau
·         P-40N                                            - WWII fighter, also from Vintage Wings of Canada
·         T-33 Silver Star                          - from the Jet Aircraft Museum, watch out for the Mako Shark paint job!
·         Kent Pietsch                               - 3 acts in 1 comedy routine, including landing his plane on an RV!
·         Mike Wiskus                              - 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion
·         Harvard Formation Team      - 4 planes from the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Assoc. in Tillsonburg
·         Wayne Hadath                          - a Kitchener resident who will show off his racing F1-Rocket airplane
·         Air Cadets                                   - our future pilots!
 (all acts are subject to change due to operational duties and mechanical difficulties)

This year's ground display will also be the biggest to date, with additional aircraft parked for the weekend allowing people to see them up close, speak to the pilots, take photos, and sometimes climb aboard.

For additional entertainment, there will be educational ground displays, a kids amusement area, interactive family activities, performer autographs, food, a beer garden and more.

Bring your chairs and cameras out to the Region of Waterloo International Airport and let your wings soar!

DATE:                    Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21
TIME:                    Gates open 10am - 5pm. Air Show runs 1-4:30pm.
WHERE:               Region of Waterloo International Airport, 4881 Fountain Street North, Breslau
COST:                    General Admission                          $20 (discounted advanced purchase prices also available)
                                Children under 10                            FREE
                                Seniors (65+) & Veterans             FREE
                                VIP Package                       $150 (advanced sales only; limited tickets) Includes 1 onsite
parking, VIP tent, catered lunch, cash bar, centre stage viewing, performer autographs.

TICKETS:               Tickets can be purchased online at www.waterlooairshow.com.  
PARKING:            $5 CASH off-site parking, with free shuttle buses to the show.
MORE INFO:       www.waterlooairshow.com
Facebook Fan Page:        Waterloo Air Show
Follow us on Twitter:     WaterlooAirShow

The Waterloo Air Show is made possible by dozens of dedicated volunteers.

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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 rare 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 F-86 Sabre 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,
                Time:                    Gates open 10am - 5pm. Air Show runs 1-4:30pm.
                More info:          www.waterlooairshow.com

The Waterloo Air Show is made possible by the support of many generous sponsors:
·         Presenting sponsors: the Region of Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo International Airport, the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre, Flite Line Services, Hammond Aviation, and Research in Motion
·         Supporting sponsors: Tim Hortons, Flightpath Charter Airways, Conestoga Residence Conference Centre
·         Service Providers: Cardinal Couriers, QLD Communications, Spremo Communications, Lucas Oil Air Shows, Jelly Belly, Envirolink and NAV Canada
·         Media sponsors: Rogers Radio Kitchener (CHYM-FM, 570 News, KIX 106.7 FM), The Waterloo Record, and Talon Productions
·         Community Partners: Accelerated Systems, Waste Management, Chantler’s Environmental Services, MMM Group, Town & Country Fencing, STC/Elliott Coach Lines, Guelph Tourism, Discount Car Rentals, Sorbara Law, Nestle Waters, and The Gym
·         Tourism Partners: Kitchener-Waterloo Radisson Hotel, Delta Guelph Hotel, Cambridge Homewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Waterloo Region Tourism
·         And the Celebrate Ontario Program, and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture
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