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Airshow London 2017
By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer b
Watford, Ontario, Canada
The Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177/C-17 Globemaster will be among
many big aircraft on the static line for the airshow.
A new London Airshow has risen and, in 2016, they had their first airshow since the early 90s when insurance issues put the kybosh on many airshows across North America. This year, the airshow returns once again with a line up of power and noise.
The Royal Canadian Air Force 2017 "Canada 150" CF-18 Demonstration Hornet will be a huge draw for the airshow. (Photo courtesy Jeff Stephenson).
There will be many military aircraft that headline the 2017 airshow including the 2017 "Canada 150" Demonstration CF-18 Hornet, celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Captain Matthew "Glib" Kutryk will put the aging but agile CF-18 Hornet through a series of manoeuvres that will have heads, and some stomachs, turning.
The US Navy "Super Hornet" will put on a loud, high speed display.
The updated version of the F-18 will also attend from the US Navy, the F/A-18C & F/A-18F "Super Hornet" from their Demo Team will display one of two aircraft attending the event with a display of manoeuvres that demonstrates Hornet training and combat flights through the VFA-106 and the TAC DEMO Team. They put on a fast, loud and proud display with this newer version of the Hornet.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II display is something few Canadians get to
see and will be a very popular performer during the show.
The US Air National Guard will attend with 4 of their A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The A-10 is a highly respected ground attack aircraft that has been widely used by the US military in support of ground troops in Afghanistan and, in the past, other "war" zones. Some feel the aircraft is outdated however, many in, and out, of the US military have fought to keep these aircraft going for several years to come.
The USAF F-16 always puts on a great display, thrilling crowds with its afterburner accelerations, high 'G' turns and high speed passes.
The US Air Force will also display the F-16 Fighting Falcon. This all-weather, air combat aircraft has a superb air combat radius that still exceeds any other potential threat aircraft in the air today and can sustain up to 9G's of punishment. The F-16 is always an impressive airshow aircraft and is a hit with spectators of all ages.
The Canadian Forces, RCAF Snowbirds aerobatic display team
are a mainstay in the skies of many airshows across Canada and in the US.
A common sight in the skies of Canada, and at many US airshows, are the famed Canadian Forces Aerobatic Display Team, the Snowbirds. Despite flying 50+ year old aircraft, the pilots and crews maintain these aircraft to a stringent standard in an effort to ensure every airshow performance goes on. Flying their Canadian designed & built, Canadair CT-114 Tutor aircraft, these RCAF pilots never fail to wow and please crowds.
Though the Canadian government and RCAF have not yet purchased the F-35 Lightning II, many think it's inevitable and a display by the USAF F-35 may prove to many that it's considered to be the RCAF's future frontline fighter.
Another aircraft that many Canadians look forward to seeing is the latest USAF aircraft in its arsenal, the F-35A Lightning II from the Heritage Flight Team out of Luke Air Force Base. Though there's been much controversy over the capabilities of the F-35, many see it as the required aircraft in any air force arsenal. Though Canada has not purchased the F-35 at this time, many feel that it is an inevitability that F-35 will eventually grace Canadian skies under the guise of the RCAF.
The USAF brings its aging but venerable F-15 Eagle to the airshow.
Other aircraft confirmed for performance display are the USAF F-15 Eagle, a de Havilland Vampire, Randy W. Ball in his MiG-17PF and the USCG MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. There may also be more confirmed performers for the airshow so be sure to check their website (listed below) for new additions.
The military version of the Dash 8, known as the CT-142,
will be among several RCAF aircraft in the static line up.
Static aircraft expected to attend include the RCAF CT-142, affectionately known as "Gonzo." Known as the Dash 8, it was a Canadian designed & built airliner aircraft by de Havilland of Canada. The military version has been adapted for use as a navigational training aircraft by Bombardier Inc. Training is done by 402 Sqn in navigation, tactics, surveillance and search & rescue, among other capabilities including the training of all Electronic Sensor Operators and Air Combat Systems Officers.
The C-5 Galaxy and the KC-135 Stratotanker will
also be on hand as part of the static line up of aircraft.
The USAF KC-135 Stratotanker will also grace the static line up alongside the US Navy P-8 Poseidon. Other static aircraft from the US military include the US Navy P-3 Orion & Navy E-2C Hawkeye, the USAF F-22 Raptor, US Navy MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopter, the USAF KC-10 transport and the massive USAF C-5M Galaxy, one of the largest aircraft in the world.
Two more RCAF aircraft that will be displayed along the static line
are the CT-155 Hawk and the CC-177 Globemaster.
Canadian military aircraft that will be displayed on the static line include the RCAF CT-156 Havard II, the C-17 Globemaster and the CT-155 Hawk. The RAAF will also be on hand to display their KC-30A multi-role tanker/transport.
The Canadian Armed Forces parachute display team,
the SkyHawks, will show off their skydiving capabilities.
Other airshow acts include the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks. These highly experienced and professional military parachutists put on a fantastic display, showing off their skills, enhanced by the fabulous Canadian flag canopies. The SkyHawks are not only trained for airshow displays, they are also trained to perform search and rescue and military operational jumps.
Canadian Red Bull and airshow pilot, Pete McLeod, will perform in his beautiful Edge 540.
To date, the only civilian propeller driven aircraft that will be performing in the airshow is local London boy, Red Bull and aerobatic display pilot, Pete McLeod flying his Edge 540. Originally from Red Lake, Ontario, Pete made history by becoming the first Canadian to compete in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2009 and, in 2010, he earned a very respectable 5th place overall finish in the Red Bull championships. Pete lives to and loves to fly and it shows in everything he does in aviation. His performance is not to be missed and will have heads turning and twirling, much like himself in the Edge!
Make a trip to London, Ontario for the Airshow London 2017 and enjoy a great day watching aircraft perform, such as the RCAF CP-140 Aurora, over the skies of London!
Make plans to visit London, Ontario for the 2017 Airshow London, September 22 - 24, 2017. The line up is looking great again this year and is expected to attract huge crowds. Visit to check out the latest news, additions and other attractions for this years event.
By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer
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