Air show lineup announced
Good news for aviation aficionados – the Hamilton Air Show is back and boasting a strong lineup.
Returning after a 10-year-hiatus, the two-day show will feature more than a dozen aircraft from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, including the famed Lancaster – one of just two of the big Second World War bombers that can still fly. Close to 20 planes will also be brought in from as far away as Texas and Virginia Beach.
The planes will take to the skies June 18 and 19, in unique formations “you won’t see anywhere else in the world,” said museum CEO Dave Rohrer. Featuring strictly vintage military aircraft, it’s also an opportunity for the museum to get back to its roots.
The event, held at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, will also feature flight simulators, restoration projects, aviation displays and more than a dozen static planes. Museum members will even have an opportunity to go for morning rides before the show gets under way at 2 p.m. each afternoon.
Public reaction to the air show’s return has already been “overwhelming,” Rohrer said, and museum staff expect close to 10,000 people will attend the Father’s Day weekend event.
Rohrer said the museum is doing what it can to minimize costs, given the financial troubles the once-annual show encountered in the past. It has been defunct since 2001, when it lost $100,000 and could no longer afford skyrocketing insurance premiums in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
The museum anticipates the event will cost between $300,000 and $350,000. Although Pioneer and the Bank of Montreal have stepped up as sponsors, Rohrer said the museum is still looking for help from both corporate backers and volunteers.
“The event has to pay for itself,” he added. “We hope to make a small profit.”
While this year’s show boasts a stellar lineup, Rohrer said it’s really meant to act as a “dry run” for a much larger event to be held in celebration of the museum’s 40th anniversary. Planned for Father’s Day weekend 2012, the anniversary air show will be a chance to recognize the museum’s founders, the contributions of allied veterans and the country’s rich history of military aviation, Rohrer said.
What you’ll see:
• Consolidated B-24 Liberator
• Fairey Swordfish
• Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
• Beech D18S Expeditor
• Fokker DR.I
• Curtiss-Wright SB2C Helldiver
• Hawker Hurricane
• Supermarine Spitfire
How to go:
Tickets can be purchased online and at the museum ahead of time or at the gates on the day of the show.
Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, $15 for kids and free for museum members and anyone under 6.
Free parking is offered about 3 kilometres from the airfield and shuttles will be provided.
Displays are open at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all Father’s Day weekend, with the two-hour air show kicking off around 2 p.m. both days.
For more information:
• Call the museum: 905-679-4183
• Get air show updates on Facebook and Twitter
• Visit the air show website: http://airshow.warplane.com/hamilton-airshow-2011.aspx