Community Charity Airshow
At the Brantford Airport Wednesday August 28, 2019Gates open 9am –
Flying Show Starts 12:30 pm
Arrive early to avoid traffic! Gates open at 9 am. Flying Show Starts at 12:30 pm.
The 2019 CF-18 Hornet celebrates the RCAF’s pathway to the stars and the 70th Anniversary of NATO. As the Royal Canadian Air Force’s frontline multi-role fighter, the modernized CF-18 is used for air defence, air superiority, tactical support, training, aerobatic demonstration and aerospace testing and evaluation. Its twin engines generate enough thrust to lift 24 full-size pick-up trucks off the ground. Not landing at Brantford due to runway length.
Probably the most famous Allied bomber of the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster had impressive flying characteristics and operational performance. Thousands of Canadian airmen and ground crew served with RCAF and RAF Lancaster squadrons in England, during the war. The Museum's Lancaster is one of only two in flying condition.
Formed in 1967, the team continue to perform thrilling aerobatic shows and breathtaking fly pasts in their CT-114 Tutor jet. The Snowbirds are honoured to uphold their proud legacy to inspire all Canadians by showcasing the skill, professionalism, and teamwork of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.
B-25s took part in one of the most famous actions of World War II taking off from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, 800 miles off the coast of Japan and bombed Tokyo. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s B-25 is displayed in the markings of a Royal Air Force aircraft which fought over North West Europe during 1944-45 and is dedicated to the Canadians who flew with that squadron.
The successful PBY line of flying boats was designed in 1933, in Buffalo, NY. PBY Cansos served with eleven RCAF Squadrons in World War II. They operated from both coasts and were employed in coastal patrols, convoy protection and submarine hunting.
Members of the Hamilton Sport Parachute Club are hand picked from the best and most qualified skydivers in the area. Jumping from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Douglas C-47 Dakota (DC-3 pictured).
The Vampire made its first flight in September 1943. A total of 85 Vampire fighters served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Because of the pace of jet aircraft development at that time, the Vampire became obsolete as a front line fighter during 1951 and was soon replaced by the F-86 Sabre.
T-28s were used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s as a trainer. It was also employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft during the Vietnam War. It continued in civilian use as an aerobatics and warbird performer.
The Firefly is a carrier borne fighter reconnaissance aircraft that saw action in 1944 against the German battleship Tirpitz. A total of 64 Fairey Fireflies served with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), between 1946 and 1952. The Firefly was the first aircraft to join the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
The Grumman Avenger is a US naval carrier based torpedo bomber or anti submarine aircraft and a major contributor to winning the sea battles of the Second World War. Produced in large numbers, it saw much action with both the US and Royal Navies in both the Pacific and Atlantic war zones. In 1950, the Royal Canadian Navy acquired Avengers to replace their Fireflies. The Avenger's appearance at the Brantford show is its first after a 10 year restoration by the Museum.
The Museum's C-47 Dakota is a true World War II veteran - it flew 208 operational trips with 437 RCAF Squadron and 16 with 233 RAF Squadron for a total of 224. It ended up flying hundreds of individual legs between airfields in Europe. It participated in two major airborne operations, D-Day and the Rhine Crossing. It carried 298 casualties to medical aid, repatriated 456 prisoners of war, carried over 5,100 passengers to destinations around Europe and carried over two hundred tons of freight.
The Lockheed T-33, or T-bird jet trainer evolved from the USAAF’s first operational jet fighter, the P-80 Shooting Star. With the switch to jet propelled aircraft, the RCAF needed a jet trainer and the Lockheed T-33 was the obvious choice. The aircraft was destined to become one of the most versatile jet aircraft in Canadian skies. The last T-33 Silver Star was retired from the Canadian Forces in 2005.
NOTE: Aircraft participation is subject to change due to weather, maintenance and operational requirements.
The Community Charity Airshow is the new name for the former Rotary Charity Airshow at Brantford Airport. Beginning in 1999, the community of Brantford and surrounding areas were first introduced to an Airshow courtesy of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Since then, the community has embraced the tradition of an Airshow the Wednesday prior to Labour Day as a family friendly summer activity for the whole family. The event has grown in size and proudly showcases military and civilian performers. The widely popular event raises funds for local charities - the Rotary Club of Brantford and Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum - while entertaining spectators and showcasing the thrill of aviation.
At the Brantford Airport Wednesday August 28, 2019
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Phone: 905-679-4183 Ext. 0
Toll Free: 1-877-347-3359 (FIREFLY)
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Canadian Warplane Heritage is a registered Canadian charity (No. 10686 8599 RR0001)
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