The US Thunderbirds return to Toronto's skies this weekend

Aug 30 2018, 7:54 pm

It’s almost time to look up, because the US Air Force Thunderbirds are making their highly anticipated return to the CNE for their only performance outside of the USA.

The 69th Annual Canadian International Air Show will soar over Lake Ontario
during the Labour Day Weekend dazzling millions of enthusiasts with the marvel of flight.

This year, the aviation extravaganza will be lead by two of North America’s best aerial acrobatic jet teams: the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Returning to the CNE for the first time in 15 years, the Thunderbirds will have six pilots in their signature F16s roaring over Lake Ontario for their only performance outside of the United States this year.

“In addition to returning favourites like the CF Snowbirds and the supersonic speeds and sounds of the F18, we’re thrilled to welcome the US Thunderbirds back to the Toronto skies for a special Canadian appearance,” says Lori Duthie, Executive Director, Canadian International Air Show.

“We are also proud to welcome three new civilian performers, and for the nostalgia-lovers, the return of the rare US F35 and P51 Mustang joint heritage flight.”

Canada’s icons of the air, the Snowbirds will send off each performance with glowing patriotic pride. And as part of the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), the 2018 Canadian International Air Show is a prime example of 60 years of American and Canadian cooperation.

An experience not to be missed, the Canadian International Air Show takes place over Labour Day weekend, Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, 2018, over Lake Ontario directly south of the CNE grounds.

All shows are scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.

Confirmed Performances (to-date):

  • Canadian Forces Snowbirds
  • United States Air Force Thunderbirds
  • CF18 demonstration jet decked out in its NORAD paint job
  • USAF F-35 (heritage flight)
  • P51 Mustang (heritage flight)
  • The ever-popular Mike Wiskus in his bright orange Pitts
  • Canadian veteran Gord Price in the Russian-built Yak 50
  • Kyle Fowler in the Long-Eze
  • Mike Tryggvason in the Giles 202
  • Martin Hivon in the Christen Eagle
  • Royal Canadian Air Cadets in the Glider, Tow Plane

Courtesy of CNE

Canadian National Exhibition

When: Now to September 3, 2018
Where: Exhibition Place, Toronto

Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 Canadian National Exhibition

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