The Air Show annoys and dazzles Toronto all at once
It would have been hard to ignore the fact that the air show returned to the sky over Toronto's waterfront this past weekend. Even if there was plenty of complaining beforehand, the sights and sounds of this year's performers were impressive and definitely pleased the crowds at the CNE who lined the city's western beaches to watch the acrobatics.
The European Breitling Jet Team returned for an encore performance after thrilling the crowd last year, featuring six L39 Albatross planes flying in tight formation.
For the first time in several years the show included a demonstration of the US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet.
This year's air show commemorated the 75th anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Program (BCATP), featuring demonstrations by the Beech 3NM Expeditor and the Canadian Harvard and Harvard II aircraft.
The RCAF CF-18 demonstration plane was also painted in a BCATP tribute livery, a bright yellow paint scheme that was hard to miss as the jet tore up the skies around Ontario Place.
Stunt flyer and perennial crowd pleaser Mike Wiskus returned in his Lucas Oil Pitts Special biplane, performing crazy loops and stalls high above the audience.
The Snowbirds closed out the show as always, performing graceful formations and thrilling crossover flybys. The demonstration featured some new maneuvers including a 9-plane swirling formation that was worth a chorus of "ooooohs" and "ahhhhhs."
There are certainly detractors, but the annual aeronautical spectacle is major highlight for aviation fans.
For a full gallery of photos from the Air Show including closeups of the planes, head here.
Writing and photos by Hamish Grant.
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