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by Win Wachsmann

TheĀ  57th Abbotsford international Airshow is in town August 9, 10 &11, 2019. Known as Thunder Over the Valley, gates open today (Friday) at 3 PM for the Friday night Twilight show. Opening ceremonies start at 5:30 PM.

At 6 PM the Canadian Forces Snowbirds make their first appearance. followed by the CF18 hornet at 8:30 PM. Friday evening closes with a Fireworks finale at 9:45

For tickets (advance tickets) contact

The full show on Saturday and Sunday has the following participants:


-USAF Thunderbirds (Sat/Sun only)
-RCAF Snowbirds
-RCAF CF-18 Demo
-RCAF CC-177 Globemaster III Demo
-RCAF CH-148 Cyclone SAR Demo
-RCAF Heritage Flight (CF-18, DH.115)
-USN Tailhook Legacy Flight (F/A-18 Superhornet, A-1 Skyraider)
-Canadian Forces Skyhawks

-AeroShell Aerobatic Team
-Bob Freeman – Extra 330SC
-Kent Pietsch – Interstate Cadet
-Mike Tryggvason – Giles 202
-Manfred Radius – Salto Sailplane
-Abbotsford Police Department Drone Demo

-Vampire Airshows – DH.115 Vampire
-Heritage Flight Museum – A-1, P-51
-Historic Flight Foundation – P-51B, DC-3
-Erickson Aircraft Collection – P-47, P-38
-Canadian Museum of Flight – Waco AQC-6, Fleet Finch, Sopwith Pup replica
-Harvard Mk.IV (Bill Findlay)

Static Display

Light Static
-Eurofighter Typhoon (full-scale replica)
-USAF F-15C Eagle (144th ANG)
-USAF F-16C Fighting Falcon (64th Aggressor)
-USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II
-USAF T-38 Talon (80th Flight Training Wing)
-USN F-5N Tiger II (Aggressor)
-RCAF CT-155 Hawk
-RCAF CH-148 Cyclone
-RCAF CH-149 Cormorant
-USCG HH-65 Dolphin

Heavy Static
-Luftwaffe A400M Atlas
-USAF C-5M Super Galaxy
-USAF KC-10 Extender
-USAF KC-135 Stratotanker
-RCAF CC-150 Polaris
-RCAF CP-140 Aurora
-RCAF CC-130J Super Hercules
-RCAF CC-115 Buffalo

-Boeing 727 (UFV)
-P-40 Kittyhawk
-AT-11 Kansan
-PBY Canso
-Bellanca CH-400 “Miss Veedol”
-Airbus H145 (RCMP)
-Cessna 208 (RCMP)
-Waco UPF-7
-Waco AQC-6
-Fleet Finch
-Sopwith Pup replica

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