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Vintage & Venerable, Fast & Firey - Part II
By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer
Watford, Ontario, Canada
Red Bull Racer & Canadian aerobatic display pilot, Pete Mcleod, flies his colourful Edge 540 in a high energy, high performance aerobatic display, right to the ground.
Last week we spent some time at the Great Lakes International Air Show in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada having a look at some of the aircraft that performed during the show such as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic display team, Canadian Red Bull Racer & aerobatic display pilot, Pete Mcleod, and Canadian aerobatic sailplane pilot, Manfred Radius. This week we return to the airshow to have a look at the remainder of the performers.
The Boeing Stearman, or Model 76 Kaydet, left, and the de Havilland of Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk, right, from the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor, Ontario.
Joining the Harvards in the air were the lower and slower yellow training aircraft such as the Boeing Stearman and the de Havilland of Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk from the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor, Ontario. The Boeing Stearman, originally designed & built by the Stearman Aircraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas is known as being made by Boeing, of which Stearman was eventually made a subsidiary company in 1934. Boeing took over production of the aircraft that became the primary trainer for the US military during World War II. The de Havilland Chipmunk was the primary training aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as several other air forces, post-World War II. There were 217 Chipmunks built in Canada and almost 1300 between Canada, the UK and Portugal. Today, some 500 Chipmunks still exist throughout the world in airworthy condition.
Local pilot, Tom Martin, built his lovely Evo 1 Rocket, left.
Tom performing one of his high speed passes during the show, right.
Local pilot, aircraft builder and farmer,Tom Martin, flew his speedy Evo 1 Rocket in a series of high speed passes. Tom and his Evo hold a record for the highest speed in type, in its class, at 442kmh in the Sport Aircraft Racing League. Tom has built and flown several aircraft in his lifetime and he and his wife have spent time traveling across Canada in his Evo. Though Tom is now retired from the racing circuit, the aeroplane may still be the fastest of its type in North America.
Making lots of noise, smoke and flame was Pyro, the jet racing,
jet engine powered "jet truck."
Pyro is not your average tractor trailer truck, though there are 'truckers' out there who, no doubt, would love to have the power that Pyro has. This International Transtar 4300 is powered by a Westinghouse J34-WE-48 turbojet engine with an afterburner from a T-W Buckeye jet aircraft that throws 30' of flame out the back. When the afterburner is lit, you can feel the rumble in your feet and, if you're close enough, you can feel the heat as well. Pilot/driver, Rick "Hollywood" Kopp, kicks the tyres and lights the fires of Pyro and runs the jet truck down the runway at speeds of over 300mph. It's a sight and sound to be seen.

A SAR TECH, Search & Rescue Technician, jumper, left,
on his way back to earth after departing the rear of the CC-130 Hercules, right.

A CC-130H Hercules made the trip from CFB Trenton in Eastern Ontario in order to release 2 SAR Tech jumpers and perform a flypast and performance landing before picking up the two jumpers and then departing, with another pass, and heading back to CFB Trenton. Though the RCAF operates the new J model Hercs, there are still a few H models that remain operational and will do so until the last J model has been delivered to the military. Hercules aircraft entered service with the RCAF in 1960 with the remaining H models having been purchased in 1996.

The 2016 RCAF Demo Hornet wearing its stunning paint scheme
honouring the BCATP; the plan, the people and the planes.

Rounding out the show was the huge crowd pleaser, the loud and proud Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Hornet. Every year the RCAF selects a theme and paints a single CF-18 Hornet in a stunning scheme that represents a historic group or event in Canadian aviation and/or military history. The 2016 theme is in honour of the BCATP and the aircraft and aircrew that trained over 130,000 Commonwealth aircrew during World War II. This was done at 151 RCAF bases across Canada, from coast to coast, created in a time of need, a time when Britain was fighting, not only for her life, but for the freedom we have in so many countries around the world today.
This gorgeous colour scheme was done in the military paint shop at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta. The 2016 CF-18 is proving to be one of the most loved paint schemes in years.
The paint scheme yellow represents the training aircraft such as the Noorduyn built Harvard, the Fleet Finch and the Avro Anson with the names of the 151 RCAF bases from across the country written along the leading edges of the wings and parts of the airframe. You may also notice that the roundels on the upper surface of the wings is not that of a typical RCAF aircraft however, during World War II, Canada flew under a similar roundel to that of the Royal Air Force until our Maple Leaf was adapted within the roundel of the RCAF. The people of Canada, Great Britain and all Allied/Commonwealth countries owe a great debt, not only to those who served to train aircrews, but to those who developed the BCATP, as well as to all those who served at the bases in order to allow those aircrews to be trained, housed and fed.
Static aircraft included the Dornier Do-27-H2, left, wearing Swiss markings
and the Jet Provost, right, from the Jet Aircraft Museum.
There were static aircraft as well including a leased RCAF Griffon helicopter, Jet Provost, Dornier Do-27-H2, a T-28 Trojan, radio control model aircraft and more. Spectators could also walk around some of the airshow aircraft that were parked along the taxiway until they were needed to perform, such as the Harvards from the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association.
There were an assortment of retailers selling a wide variety of aviation and military related items including the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, left, and D-Day Wear, right, with business owner and very charitable guy, Joe Wilson.
Many airshows not only have aircraft for folks to enjoy but retailers and food vendors as well. There were several of both at the airshow including the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association traveling store selling a variety of aviation related items including hats, t-shirts, aeroplane pins, models, flags and much more. Another fabulous place where you could spend your airshow money was D-Day Wear who sell stunning shirts honouring Canadian military achievements and milestones such as the Battle of Vimy in World War I and World War II Allied invasion known as "Operation Overlord." A portion of their sales go to the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France which honours every fallen Canadian who fought on the beach during D-Day. So, when you head to an airshow make sure you take some extra cash, a debit card or credit card and spend a few bucks on some great aviation and military related items.
Parked near some of the food vendors is the leased Bell 412CF, CH-146 Griffon, left.
The Snowbirds "store," manned by GLIAS airshow volunteers, right.
The Great Lakes International Air Show is always a fun and entertaining event. There's something for everyone, from aeroplanes to jet trucks, to static aircraft and vendors, you'll always find something to see and do throughout the day. You can even take a sight seeing flight in the local flying club aircraft or in one of the area helicopters. Keep your eye on their website, and here on, for a return of the airshow in 2018!
Add the Great Lakes International Air Show website to your bookmarks so you can keep on top of the next airshow where you can see the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
For more info on the GLIAS:
One of the best demonstration displays you'll see, year in and year out, is the
RCAF Demo Hornet out of either CFB Cold Lake, Alberta or CFB Bagottville, QC.
For more information on the Demo Hornet:
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds can perform at your airshow.
Check out their website to find out how.
For more information on the CF Snowbirds:
The RCAF CC-130 Hercules aircraft are used for many different
purposes including Search & Rescue with 424 Sqn, 8 Wing, CFB Trenton.
For more information on the RCAF SAR force:
The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association pilots and crews keep these 70+ year old Harvard aircraft in tip-top shape so they can perform at airshows and other events across Ontario and the North-Eastern US.
For more information on CHAA:
The fabulous, speedy and agile Edge 540, flown by superb
Canadian aerobatic pilot, Pete Mcleod.
For more information on Pete Mcleod:
Switching to glide with Manfred Radius, Canadian sailplane aerobatic display pilot.
For more information on Manfred Radius:
Kent Pietsch, with his Interstate Cadet missing an aileron, puts on a great aerobatic display, among other displays he does with this wonderful, vintage aircraft.
For more information on Kent Pietsch:
The fast and furious jet truck, Pyro!
For more information on Pyro:
The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor, Ontario has more than just these two aircraft, the Stearman & Chipmunk. Currently, they are also restoring a de Havilland Mosquito and an Avro Lancaster and they also fly another Chipmunk and a de Havilland Tiger Moth.
For more information on the CH2A:
Another look at the RCAF 2016 CF-18 Demonstration Hornet
The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association, CH2A, Boeing Stearman.
The CH2A de Havilland of Canada Chipmunk.
The uprights of the 2016 CF-18 Demonstration Hornet and the beautiful artwork celebrating the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, once called "... the aerodrome of democracy.." by then US President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds with their famous heart in the sky, left, often honouring airshow volunteers and one of their vertical splits, right.
By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer
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