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By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer
Roslin, Ontario, Canada

One of the speed demons of the show,
the Viper North L-29 Delphin in a nice top-side pass.

In the skies over Central-Southern Ontario there was the roar of piston and jet engines that brought crowds out to the Waterloo Aviation Expo & Airshow 2010. This, the second year of the Expo but the first year for the airshow part, was a great success with the hope that future shows at Waterloo will just get better and better.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds flight of four pass overhead during their show, left, and are celebrating their 40th Anniversary during the 2010 airshow year, right.

Well organized and advertised, the Waterloo event is one to look forward to on the airshow circuit. With aircraft and performers not seen elsewhere in Southern Ontario, the show brought a fresh look to the airshow world in the area. If they continue to bring new attractions to their show, they will always have a winner on their hands.

Vintage Wings of Canada FG-1D Corsair, in the markings of Canadian World War II Navy fighter pilot Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, VC, in a nice pass, left. The Vintage Wings Corsair and F-86 Hawk One (Golden Hawk) Sabre in a nice formation pass, right.

Celebrating 100 years of the Canadian Navy, Vintage Wings of Canada's Corsair flew a nice air display, including a superb flypast in formation with the Vintage Wings of Canada F-86 Sabre, Hawk One. The Corsair honours Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray, VC, a Canadian flying with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm flying in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. The Sabre is painted in the livery of the RCAF Golden Hawks aerobatic team, created in 1959 to honour the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada. This sabre is painted as a Golden Hawk Sabre to honour the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada in 2009.

1941 Historical Aircraft Group (MARC) movie B-17, Memphis Belle taxies out for its performance, left, and a nice top-side pass, right.

A rarity in the skies of Southern Ontario was the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group B-17 movie version "Memphis Belle" from Geneseo, New York. This big 4-engine World War II bomber thrilled the crowds with several passes. After being released from military strength in 1959, the airplane served several owners before being purchased by Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC) and was fully restored in 1982. It flew to the UK for the filming of the movie "Memphis Belle" and retained the livery she flies in today.

Viper North's L-29 Delphin, left, and MiG 15 UTI, right, in individual high-speed passes.

Viper North, out of Pearson (Toronto) International Airport, had both their L-29 Delphin and their MiG 15 UTI at the show and both performed superb flying demonstrations. Richard Cooper and Jeff Lewis, pilots of these wonderful vintage jet aircraft, put them through their paces, impressing the crowds, making sure they were heard, and seen, for miles. One time enemies who flew against each other in war, the MiG 15 and the Vintage Wings F-86 Sabre also flew a historic formation pass together.

Two Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association Harvard's take to the air, left. CHAA formation of four breaking for the circuit, right.

The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association (CHAA) flew their aircraft in wonderful flypasts during the show. These aircraft are a very common sight at shows and commemorative displays throughout Ontario. Their multi-aircraft formations roar through the air with 'smoke-on' as they bring a tear to the eye of the veterans who once flew them. Many years ago, these brave aviators trained in them, flying with the BCATP (British Commonwealth Air Training Plan) at airstrips and bases across Canada, preparing for air combat in the skies over Europe and the South Pacific.

Kent Piestch flies this beautiful "Jelly Belly" 1942 Interstate Cadet, doing three different performances, left. One of his displays involves Piestch flying the cadet in such a manner as to appear either drunk, or unable to fly, touching the ground with a wingtip, losing an aileron, and generally flying 'dangerously,' right.

Another unusual participant at the Waterloo show was Kent Piestch, a pilot with a skill and ability that has to be seen to be believed. Performing three separate displays, Piestch flew his 1942 Interstate Cadet in a way that would make most private pilots cringe and yet, he performed them with such ease, and grace, that even the most experienced pilot would have to be impressed. Flying to several thousand feet above the airport, Piestch would shut the engine down and then perform 'dead stick' aerobatics, sounding and looking more like a sailplane than an aircraft with an engine. He also flew a display acting as a kind of inebriated airplane thief, flinging the Cadet through the sky from but a foot or two from the ground, even touching a wheel or a wingtip at times, and having an aileron tumble from the right wing while in a steep climb, performing the remainder of his display without it! His third display, also his grand finale, was his landing. One wouldn't normally associate the landing of an airplane as being a big part of a display, however, it is when one lands his airplane on the top of a moving recreational vehicle. Three wonderful acts indeed!

Serving with the Canadian Navy since the 1960s, the Sea King helicopter put on a nice display, left. Also from the Canadian Air Force is the fast and agile Harvard II, shown here taxiing past before its flight, right.

Also honouring the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy was a display by a Sea King helicopter. The Sea King first flew with the Royal Canadian Navy beginning in the 1960's and, though these aging aircraft are slated to be removed from service in the coming years, the Navy still flies these helicopters on a regular basis, performing normal duties as well as search and rescue operations

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds take to the air for their display, left, and later,
three of the team performing one of their opposing passes, right.

Rounding out the airshow were the venerable and always popular Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic display team. Flying the Canadian designed and built Canadair Tutor aircraft, the Snowbirds are always a popular part of any airshow, thrilling spectators of all ages with their tight formation displays and aerial aerobatics. The year 2010 sees the Snowbirds celebrating their 40th anniversary and they are expected to fly the Tutor, with new 'glass' cockpits, until 2020.

Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association pilot Don Patrick shows the cockpit of the Harvard to Vanessa Cole, left. The Jet Aircraft Museum are currently restoring to flight six T-33 Silver Star jet aircraft and do the rounds of the airshow circuit raising awareness and donations, right."

Along with the flying, there were many ground vendors at the show including those you could buy aviation related items, food and drink from, or join one of the many aviation organizations and museums throughout the area. There was also a children's play area so, IF the kids get bored or tired of watching airplanes, there's somewhere to take them to burn off energy and keep them busy while YOU watch the airplanes!.

One of several veterans at the show looks toward the sky and, likely, a time so many years ago when he fought for our freedom, left. Visiting U.S. Navy T-39 Sabreliner on static display (very narrow landing gear), right.

So, if you find yourself in Southern Ontario in the month of June, visit the Waterloo region and come and watch a great airshow, with superb performers, great volunteers, and beautiful sunny, spring skies. It may not be THE "Battle of Waterloo," but it's a show worth battling crowds to get to!

Waterloo International Airport logo on the side of their new fire truck, left. A great airport for an airshow and a great airport to fly into. Canadian Forces trainer, the Harvard II, in a nice banana pass, right.

For more information about the Waterloo Aviation Expo & Airshow visit -

Vintage Wings FG-1D Corsair taxies past, left. Vintage Wings F-86 Golden Hawk Sabre, Hawk One, in a nice top-side pass, right.

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Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association Harvard pilot Bill "Shep" Shepard taxies in with Waterloo Aviation Expo & Airshow Director of Media Relations Diana Spremo on board after having enjoyed her flight, left. Gear coming up on a Harvard after take off, right."

For more information on the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association visit -

The movie Memphis Belle B-17 taxies out before taking to the air, left. Engines pulling the big bomber through the air, the B-17 in close and tight, right.

For more information on the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group visit -

Kent Piestch performing his 'dead-stick' aerobatic routine, left. Landing on a moving recreational vehicle takes steady hands, among other things, right.

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The Snowbirds closing out the show with their world-renowned display.

For more information on the Jet Aircraft Museum visit -

Though the Jet Aircraft Museum of Canada (JAM) did not have an airplane flying in the airshow, they hope to have at least one in the air this year. This T-33, left, is one of six they are restoring to flying condition. (Photo taken on its ferry flight from CFD Mountain View to London, Ontario in 2009 with pilots Larry Ricker & Turbo Tarling). Local Kitchener-Waterloo area resident, Wayne Hadath, built this unusually painted F1-Rocket, "Little Bit," over a 10 year period. He races the airplane, which will reach speeds of 275mph.
By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer

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