The 2011 edition of the Waterloo Air Show, slated for Aug. 20-21, will feature a never-seen before historical formation flight over the skies of the Region of Waterloo International Airport, which will honor 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 honors 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. The CF-18 is from 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, while the F-86 Sabre and P-40 Kittyhawk are from Vintage Wings of Canada in Gatineau, Quebec.
Vintage Wings of Canada’s “Yellow Wings Tour” will also be part of the show’s ground display. These five training aircraft — a Tiger Moth, Cornell, Finch, Stearman and Harvard — commemorate the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). From 1939 to 1945, Canada was a training ground for wartime student pilots from across Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and many other countries. This created almost 100 BCATP flying schools across Canada that trained more than 200,000 pilots.
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.
For more information: WaterlooAirshow.com