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IN THE AIR

The 2010 Alberta International AirShow is ready to take FLIGHT! Our Line-Up will bring you 2 Days of High- Flying Action including more than 2 Dozen Aircraft including:

Tora Tora Tora - Back by Popular Demand

TORA TORA TORA is a re-creation of the December 7th 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It's accomplished through hundreds of dedicated volunteers most belonging to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) working as ground crew, maintenance, pilots and pyrotechnic experts. The purpose is to create a dynamic history lesson about the event that propelled us into World War II .....and entertain.

TORA's re-creation is usually the feature performance at organized air shows. It involves many Japanese fighters and bombers simulating the   Pearl Harbor attack. In addition, TORA provides breathtaking smoke, fire and explosions from the pyrotechnics team.   A professional announcer explains the purpose, history and performance to the crowd.

A-10 West Demonstration Team                      The A-10 West Demonstration Team is a select group of professionals dedicated to showing the extreme capabilities of the A-10 aircraft through exceptional aerial maneuvers.   Our mission is to demonstrate the capabilities of the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the professional competence of the U.S. Air Force personnel, to positively affect USAF recruiting and retention efforts, and to promote community and international relations.

CF-18 Hornet

The combat-proven CF-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, multi-mission, tactical aircraft. It converts between air-to-air fighter missions and air-to-ground strike missions while on the same sortie with the flick of a switch. The CF-18 fulfills the following types of assignment: fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control, close air support, and day and night strike missions. Adapted from the F/A-18, the Canadian version of the jet features: a searchlight beneath the fuselage for nighttime visual identifications survival equipment adapted to the Canadian environment various cockpit layout modifications.

VINTAGE WINGS CORSAIR

The Corsair is widely considered the most capable of all carrier-based fighter aircraft of World War Two. Designed and originally built by Chance Vought, it was also manufactured under license by Goodyear at the height of production during the Second World War. Its distinctive "bent" wings were designed to keep the landing gear short and robust for carrier landings and give clearance for the enormous 13' 4" diameter propeller required to pull her to over 400 MPH - the first American fighter to do so. It was considered the performance equal to many other fighters like the Mustang but its short range kept it either carrier-based or land-based in the South Pacific war close to the action. The Corsair continued to be operated by the USN and the Marines after the war and saw considerable action during the Korean War.

HAWK ONE

The history of the North American F-86 Sabre (and its variants like the Canadair Sabre models) is closely tied to the beginnings of the Cold War and famously with the Korean War battles with Russian MiGs. The Sabre, a swept wing, single seat air superiority fighter is long recognized as one of the finest fighter aircraft of all time and the Sabre 5 and Sabre 6 models built by Canadair at their Montreal plant are considered the most capable of all Sabres. Of the more than 9,500 Sabres constructed worldwide, more than 1,800 were built in Canada in six different variants.

 

RV TOP LANDING from Kent Pietsch with his 1942 Interstate Cadet decorated with Jellybelly Candies. You'll also witness the Hillarious Comedy and Deadstick routine of Kent Pietsch. Warren Pietsch will also fly his P-51 Mustang in a aeriel display you won't want to miss.

MANFRED RADIUS GLIDER                         Manfred has been described as 'Sailplane Superstar' and as 'The King of Sailplane Aerobatics'. Spectator's comments about his performances include superlative terms such as: awe-inspiring - fantastic - mesmerizing - outrageous - heavenly - and 'you made the show'. USAviator wrote in it's January, 1995 issue: He is absolutely incredible; a truly phenomenal presence in the airshow biz. Very highly recommended. In his bestseller The Cannibal Queen, Stephen Coonts writes: ......and we were treated to the most spectacular flying exhibition I have ever witnessed......The silent crowd watched, mesmerized...... His mastery of his craft was total, his exhibition a tour de force.
 

NORTHERN AEROS KEVIN HOPKINS & JERZY STRYZXZ                                The Sukhoi SU-29 is a two seat Russian built aircraft that when flown solo, can be best described as "uncompromising performance." Sukhoi SU-29's regularly fly at the World championships and air shows around the world. Like its single seat brethren the Sukhoi SU-29 is mostly built of exotic materials such as titanium, magnesium and Kevlar. It has a high tensile stainless-steel forward fuselage, with the rear fuselage, tail and wings of carbon fibre. The result is an aircraft that possesses extraordinary strength.

BUD & ROSS GRANLEY FLYING A HARVARD AND 2 YAKS 2010 marks Bud's 50th year of performing airshows. He flew his first show as the designated demonstration pilot of RCAF Station Penhold, Alberta in the Harvard (T-6). This show was held at a local resort town over the water on June 6th 1961 at Sylvan Lake, AB. RCAF station Penhold airport is now the Red Dear civilian airport. Bud was awarded the Art Scholl Showmanship award in 2005, and the Bill Barber Showmanship award in 2008. Here are his main personal airshow planes. The Yak dual show performed with his son, Ross, gets everyone's attention. The common comments are: unbelievable, or we may not watch everyone, but we always watch you guys.

PLUS MANY OTHERS

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