Lethbridge Airshow Postponed To Summer Of 2020

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The next Lethbridge International Airshow will not take place until 2020. The event, last held in 2017, traditionally takes place every other year, but organizers decided that several factors made a 2019 show unworkable. They announced the change yesterday.

One of the factors is the passing of long-time show volunteer and board member Brent Botfield. Lethbridge also did not appear on any major military performer schedules, including the Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet demonstration team. By holding the event in August next year, organizers feel they’ll have a better shot at landing major acts.

Lethbridge was generous enough to welcome us to their 2017 show, and we look forward to working with them in 2020!

The 2017 Lethbridge International Air Show Was One To Remember

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

The biennial Lethbridge International Air Show returned in 2017 as a highlight worth catching in Southern Alberta and Western Canada. With a full list of performers of all types and a static display that was impressive to say the least, the July 15-16 weekend was well spent in Lethbridge.

Friday – Night Show

Friday’s schedule started late to allow for a twilight show, something which is thankfully becoming more common. The show began with the United States Army Golden Knights jumping in at the start of golden hour. Shortly after they landed, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds took to the skies for yet another excellent performance, even with one ship missing. With light fading, the Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster III powered down the runway and bolted into the sky. Geoff Latter in his Nanchang CJ-6 “Nancy” followed, then the United States Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” mini-demo with some up-close and impressive pyro. Canada’s own Pete McLeod of Red Bull Air Racing fame tumbled through the sky just before Mark Peterson in his Dornier AlphaJet demonstrated how high-performance a non-afterburning jet can be. Greg “Wired” Colyer in his T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II” kept it low and fast ahead of Jerry Conley in his beautiful de Havilland DH-115 Vampire “Vampy ‘Too’.” Just before the sun began to set, the Golden Knights fit in their full routine.

US Army Golden Knights - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017de Havilland DH-115 Vampire "Vampy Too" - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

The highlight of the show was certainly the last demo, and one the crowds were waiting for: the CF-18 Hornet. The Hornet, with afterburners lighting up the runway, burnt a trail across the then night sky. Before finishing his routine, Bill Braack in the Smoke-N-Thunder Jetcar took to the runway and challenged the Hornet to a race, of which the outcome was undetermined by most spectators due to the enormous and impressive wall of fire that lit the grounds and sky as they crossed the finished line.

While the flying had finished and most were filing out of the show, a smaller, less-appreciated setting had been set on the static display. Folks on their way off of the airport were treated to the numerous aircraft on the static line lit up by large, portable lights, providing a unique and often unseen view as the last bit of light faded from the day into the dark.

CAF CF-18 Hornet - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017CAF Snowbirds - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

Saturday – Full Show

This was the first and only day to show the full line-up of performers in the light of day. Attendance was noticeably high, despite the winds and approaching weather that persisted throughout the day. Nearly all performers were able to fit in their routines without issue. The Golden Knights were able to complete their first jump (which we were graciously allowed to observe from the aircraft), but unable to finish their second due to the winds. This prompted Transport Canada to monitor the approaching storm, and once it closed within 1 km, the show was postponed for a mandatory evacuation of the grounds. Shortly after, lightning struck the end of the runway. By then, the NOTAM set to secure the airspace for the performers was too near its end to continue the show, and the decision was made to cancel the remainder of the acts (CF-18 and Snowbirds).

Pete McLeod (Red Bull Air Racer) - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017Mustang High Flight - Dornier AlphaJet - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

Sunday – Mini-Show

With the same hours as the full show, but with select performances, the mini-show was intended to give first-time attendees a taste of what an air show is like. The winds were still high throughout the day, resulting in the Golden Knights cancelling their demo that afternoon. The acts that did still take the sky included the CC-177, T-33, AlphaJet, Vampire, A-10, CAF Snowbirds, CJ-6, and CF-18.

RCAF CC-177 Globemaster III - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

Statics

Certainly the aerial performers were worth the admission, but just as equally the static displays that attended proved worthwhile. All of the aircraft on the website’s listing of confirmed attendees showed up except the Transport Canada National Aerial Surveillance Dash 8. In a surprise filling of the Dash 8’s vacancy, a US Navy E-6B Mercury airborne command post and communications relay aircraft from Tinker AFB, Oklahoma came to the show. Additionally, a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 from 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron, nicknamed the “Cougars,” with a special 75th anniversary painted tail joined the many heavies on the line. The show had a total of three C-17s on display, with one from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Altus AFB, Oklahoma, and a CC-177 from CFB Trenton, Ontario.

USMC MV-22 Osprey on static - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017USN E-6B Mercury on static - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

With a few hiccups throughout the weekend due to weather and other elements out of the show’s control, the 2017 Lethbridge International Air Show was able to impress with a stellar line-up of performers and a static display most shows would envy. We at AirshowStuff would like the thank the Lethbridge International Air Show Association and its volunteers for putting on this year’s show. We’d also like to thank Kim and Trina Tymko of Prime Rentals Ltd. for their sponsorship of the air show and help in coordinating our visit. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019!

Look for much more coverage of this great event on our Facebook page and Youtube channel as we work through a mountain of content!

New Military Performers Promise Action-Packed Weekend At Lethbridge Next Week

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A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)

We’ve teased you with information about the upcoming Lethbridge International Airshow, happening July 14-16 2017, and kept up with their exciting static announcements. Today, we’re here to tell you about two military acts that you won’t likely find together anywhere else this year that will be tearing up the skies over Alberta. The show has added a United States Air Force (USAF) A-10 Thunderbolt II demonstration to their roster, as well as a flight demo by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CC-177 Globemaster III from 429 Transport Squadron of CFB Trenton, Ontario.

A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)C-17 Globemaster III

The USAF A-10s will be flying throughout the show weekend. Lethbridge will be one of the few places anyone will get a chance to see the A-10 perform anywhere in North America, and the only confirmed demo in Canada this year thus far. The Thunderbolts will be from the 303rd Fighter Squadron/442nd Fighter Wing of Whiteman AFB, Missouri. The CC-177 will be flying a demonstration showing off the capabilities of the airframe and its mission at 429 Squadron. The aircraft performing will be the same painted-tail Globemaster that will be featured on static display. These new performer additions add to an already stellar, jet-filled lineup featuring the RCAF CF-18 Hornet, a de Havilland Vampire, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Hurry to get your tickets before the show here!

For more information on the Lethbridge International Airshow, please visit their website.

V-22 Osprey And MQ-9 Reaper Make Historic First Static Appearance In Canada At 2017 Lethbridge Intl. Airshow

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USMC MV-22 Osprey - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

Some of the most advanced machines in modern military hardware are making their way to the Lethbridge International Airshow this year – their first static appearances in Canada. Both aircraft will be featured guests as part of the growing static display set to appear at the show July 14-16.

The innovative Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft will be coming from Marine Corps Air Station Mirimar in San Diego, California. The Osprey has the unique ability to transition from vertical flight to conventional flight via the rotation of its two large turboshaft engines and rotors. First fielded in March 2007, the MV-22 has seen extensive use on deployments with the United States Marine Corps.

USMC MV-22 Osprey - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014USAF General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper Static Display Aviation Nation Nellis Air Force Base AFB Creech

Accompanying the MV-22 on static display will be the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) from Creech Air Force Base outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Following the success and use of the now-dated MQ-1 Predator, General Atomics improved the airframe and capability to form the MQ-9. You will get a chance to see both the MQ-9 and MQ-1 on display together over the show weekend. As the face of the future in unmanned aerial systems, the Reaper UCAV will be an attraction all its own, amidst other exciting spectacles at this year’s show.

Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster III Anniversary Paint 2017 429 Squadron
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Equally as exciting, a specially-painted CC-177 Globemaster III from 429 Transport Squadron “Bisons” of 8 Wing in Trenton, Ontario will be attending the show. The squadron has painted the tail of their aircraft to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the unit’s formation and 10 years of the Globemaster III’s service with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Additionally, newly-confirmed aircraft to join the static display listing for the show include the US Navy’s P-8 Poseidon, C-2 Greyhound, and E-2 Hawkeye, and the US Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog,” C-17 Globemaster III, and C-5M Super Galaxy.

You can learn more about what else will be shown off at this year’s Lethbridge International Airshow at the event’s website .

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2017 Lethbridge International Airshow Is Set To Stun

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds

There are some exciting new changes coming to the Lethbridge International Airshow in Lethbridge, Alberta this July 14th-16th. With a number of jet performers and a night show added, Lethbridge is proving to be a show you won’t want to miss!

Show Weekend
An extra day has been added to bring more aviation fun to the weekend. The gates on Friday will open at 4:00PM with the new night show starting at 7:00PM, wrapping up at 11:00PM. The afterburners will be lit and the fireworks bursting as the night routines from the performer lineup light up the night sky!

For Saturday and Sunday, the gates will open at 9:00AM with flying starting at 1:00PM and closing at 6:00PM.

Ace Maker T-33 Shooting Star Smoke-N-Thunder JetCar Race Aviation Nation 2016 Nellis AFB Las Vegas NevadaUS Army Golden Knights

Performers
There will be plenty of action in the skies over Lethbridge this year. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are to take the stage once more, along with the absolutely gorgeous CF-18 Hornet Demo Team. A rare 1950s-era de Havilland DH-115 Mk.55 Vampire jet, Greg “Wired” Colyer’s T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II,” and the Dornier AlphaJet of Mustang High Flight Aerobatics will round out the jet warbird lineup. Aerobatics from Geoff Latter in his Nanchang CJ-6A, Red Bull Air Racer Pete McLeod with his racing Edge 540, and Joe Shetterly’s RV-8 of Rifle Airshows are sure to impress throughout the show weekend. The US Army Golden Knights parachute team will also be in attendance, demonstrating that jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is just as exciting as flying one.

However, not all of the excitement will be in the air this year. Bill Braack of Smoke-N-Thunder will be there in his jet-powered car to challenge another performer to a sprint race, as well as Precision Exotics in their 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo and 2007 Ferrari F430.

Static Display
An ambitious and exciting list for the static display requested for the show has been published to the website, with new confirmed attendees coming in every week. Currently, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-146 Griffon, United States Air Force (USAF) C-130J Super Hercules, Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance de Havilland/Bombardier DHC-8 Dash 8, and the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Arizona Airbase North American B-25J Mitchell “Maid In The Shade” are set to appear this year. Potential static displays at this time include exciting features such as a USAF AC-130 Spectre gunship, US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, RCAF CC-177 Globemaster III, and a new US Navy P-8 Poseidon. Stay tuned as more static displays are confirmed!

USN P-8 Poseidon Navy NAS Whidbey Island Washington WA Static DisplayCC-115 Buffalo Static Display Abbotsford International Airshow 2015

With some fresh faces and valued old friends coming to the Lethbridge International Airshow this year, it promises to be one of the must-see shows of the season. You can go to lethbridgeairshow.ca for more information about the event and follow us here at AirshowStuff as we work with the show to bring you some amazing coverage!