The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) and the Hamilton Air Show organized a historic aviation event with The Merlin Formation. It was Father’s Day weekend, 2013, and CWHM brought together six W.W. II Warbirds for a formation flight. These six warbirds were powered by a total of ten Rolls-Royce Merlin Engines.
6 Warbird Formation
The six warbird formation included the Avro Lancaster, de Havilland Mosquito (Mossie), two Supermarine Spitfire fighters and two Hawker Hurricane fighters. In addition, there was a North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber used as the photo plane to capture air-to-air images of the Merlin Formation of six warbirds.
Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine
The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine is a large 1,665 cubic inch V-12, liquid cooled, aero engine, first designed back in 1933. It is capable of producing over 1,600 horsepower. Rolls-Royce Limited often named their aero engine models after birds of prey. Hence, the ‘Merlin’ Engine was named after the Merlin (small species of Falcon) bird of prey. The Merlin Engine was considered to be one of the most successful aircraft engines of World War II, and it was used in many British designed bombers and fighters.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The Merlin Formation: 10 Rolls-Royce Merlin Engines
Six World War II Warbirds – all powered by Merlin Engines. Exclusive Video by LearnToFly.ca
Exclusive Video LearnToFly.ca, was invited behind the scenes, for the Merlin Formation. We installed HD cameras in the Avro Lancaster and in the de Havilland Mosquito to bring you this Exclusive HD Video. We also had cameras on the Hot-Ramp and near the Runway to give you the best possible views of this incredible aviation event.
Avro Lancaster Heavy Bomber
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Lancaster is one of only two flying Lancaster aircraft in the world! This is the only flying Lancaster in North America, and it was the flagship aircraft in the Merlin Formation.
1945 Avro Lancaster Mk X Heavy Bomber
Built in 1945, the CWHM Avro Lancaster is dedicated to the memory of Mid Upper Gunner, Andrew Mynarski. Sadly, Andrew died trying to save the life of his friend and fellow crew member who was trapped in the tail gunner compartment of the Lancaster after it had been shot by enemy fire.
Andrew Mynarski Memorial Lancaster
Anrew Mynarski was awarded (posthumously in 1946) the Canadian Victoria Cross award for his bravery and sacrifice. There were seven crew members on board the Lancaster when it was shot down over France on June 13, 1944, Andrew died, but the other six crew members, including the trapped tail gunner, all survived.
Ten Merlin Engines – Count Them:
1945 Avro Lancaster Heavy Bomber (one of only 2 flying Lancasters in the world!): 4 Merlin Engines
1945 de Havilland DH-98 Mosquito Fighter/Bomber (Mossie/Mozzie) (the only flying Mosquito in the world!): 2 Merlin Engines
TwoSupermarine Spitfire Fighters: 1 Merlin Engine Each
TwoHawker Hurricane Fighters: 1 Merlin Engine Each
Cole represented Saskatchewan, as he participated in ‘Webster Week’, where the top 9 regional finalists competed against each other for the title of Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot. Webster Week was hosted by the St. Andrews Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the National part of the Webster Trophy Competition.
Top Pilot Tips
As a regional finalist in the Webster Competition, Cole Janostin Pilot was invited to share his Top 10 Pilot Tips. Each year the Webster finalists share what it takes, to be a Top Pilot.
Southern Interior Flight Centre
Cole Janostin Pilot is originally from Hafford, Saskatchewan. but he moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, where he enrolled in the Commercial Aviation Program. His current school is the Southern Interior Flight Centre.
Cole Janostin Pilot – Top 10 Pilot Tips
Always stay ahead of the airplane. This will keep you more focused on what’s next.
Don’t forget to take into account the hot weather. Available runway, winds, a/c configuration, and weight are all factors that should be considered.
Know your emergency procedures! Can’t stress that enough.
Never stop learning, there is always something in aviation you can know better and do better.
Read back as much info to ATC as possible, including the altimeter setting.
Take extra care at night, keeping a close watch on your instruments and beware of the black whole effect.
Make sure to give yourself an engine failure take-off briefing and decide on a decision take-off point.
If you have 2 radios make sure to monitor 121.5 as much as possible.
Don’t get complacent; complacency has led to many aviation occurrences.
Takashi Hirose is Top Amateur Pilot in Canada – 2013
Congratulations Takashi Hirose!
Takashi Hirose won the prestigious Webster Memorial Trophy Competition for 2013, and he was named Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot of the year. Takashi represented Eastern Ontario, and he trains at the Ottawa Flying Club (OFC) as a student from the Algonquin College Aviation Programme. Congratulations to Takashi, the Webster Memorial Trophy Winner 2013.
9 Regional Finalists
There were Nine Regional Finalists in the Webster Trophy Competition, with each finalist representing a different Geographical Area of Canada. Congratulations are extended to all nine finalists, for their hard work and achievement.
It’s a significant honour to be named a finalists in the Webster Competition, and all nine should be proud of their outstanding aviation accomplishments. The Webster Memorial Trophy Winner 2013 is recognized for his great accomplishment.
Webster Trophy Finalists(Left to Right in Photo Above)
The Webster Trophy
The 2013 Webster Memorial Trophy was awarded to Takashi Hirose. Great Job Takashi! Webster Memorial Trophy Winner 2013.
The 2nd place, Runner Up position was given to Stuart Loney who represented Central Ontario. Stuart flies out of the Brampton Flight Centre (BFC), located just north of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Congratulations to Stuart for his strong representation of Central Ontario and the Brampton Flying Club.
Brampton Flight Centre
The Brampton Flight Centre has been represented by strong competitors in the Webster Trophy Competition for many years, with three recent, previous year winners. Francis Yanuzzi (2006), Andy Midcalf (2007), and Sandeep Nagpal (2008) have all been from BFC, and all have been winners of the prestigious Webster Trophy Competition.
Congratulations to Brampton Flight Centre for a great representation again this year, with Stuart Loney, of BFC, claiming the runner-up position in the competition.
Flight Instructor Position
The Brampton Flight Centre (BFC) is a loyal supporter of the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, and each year BFC offers a Flight Instructor position to the winner of the Webster Trophy. This year, working with Air Georgian, BFC has arranged for Takashi Hirose (Webster Memorial Trophy Winner 2013) to be offered a Flight Instructor position upon completion of all appropriate ratings and hours.
All of the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition finalists received excellent prizes. But Takashi Hirose, the Webster Memorial Trophy Winner 2013, received some especially nice award prizes including:
Don’t miss this exciting aviation event at the Brampton Flight Centre, located just north of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Bring the entire family. Everyone will love seeing the airplanes fly above, and you can get up close to many of the aircraft at the Brampton Flight Centre Open House 2013.
Great War Flying Museum
Proceeds from the BFC Open House and Fly-In will help support the Great War Flying Museum (GWFM) located at the Brampton Airport. The Great War Flying Museum collects WW1 memorabilia and restores and builds replica fighter Biplanes and Triplanes. These flying aircraft commemorate the Great War (W.W.1) and celebrate the early flying machines.
Every 30 Minutes
WW1 Replica Fighter Planes will be flying every half hour. It will be amazing to see these slow flying aircraft above the field as they perform for the crowds. Experience WW1 military re-enactments as you imagine the days of “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron” in the skies above.
Wide Range of Aircraft
In addition to the WW1 Replica Fighters, you will enjoy seeing many types of aircraft including classic aircraft, flight trainers, vintage aircraft, homebuilt aircraft, and antique airplanes. This event is both an Open House and also a “Fly-In”. There will be many pilots flying into the Brampton Airport for this great aviation event. You will have a wonderful opportunity to see the many aircraft on display and flying into the airport throughout the day at the Brampton Flight Centre Open House.
Learn To Fly
If you ever dreamed of learning to fly, then this is a great opportunity to talk to a flight instructor. Learn about the BFC Flight School and also their Global Business Management Degree and Aviation Program. There are even Kid’s Flight Camps for the future aviator in your family. Talk to a BFC representative about the next Kid’s Flight Camp scheduled.
Take a Flight!
YES! Take a Flight at the Brampton Flight Centre Open House!
There will be special $40 Sightseeing Flights throughout the day, and you will love the experience.
Schedule a Discovery Flight
You may also talk to a flight instructor about scheduling a private, Introductory Flying Lesson for a later time. This is a great opportunity to actually fly an airplane, from the pilot’s seat (Left Seat), as a qualified Flight Instructor explains the instruments and basic flight manoeuvres.
Brampton Flight Centre Open House Admission $5 per person $20 per family (Cash Only)
Wednesday August 28, 2013
Don’t miss the Brantford Charity Air Show on August 28, 2013, being held at the Brantford Municipal Airport.
Gates Open 11 A.M.
Arrive early, and enjoy viewing the many static aircraft on display. Chat with pilots, aircraft owners, and performers and also browse the vendor booths and concession stands. It’s a great day for the entire family. There will be activities throughout the day.
Opening Ceremonies 12:30 P.M.
The Brantford Air Show Opening Ceremonies are planned for 12:30 P.M., and the thrilling aerial performances will begin around 1 P.M.
Michael Wiskus – Extreme Aerobatics
One of the crowd favourites will be Aerobatic Champion Michael Wiskus in his Lucas Oil S-1-11B Pitts Special Biplane. Designed by Curtiss Pitts, the Pitts Special is a single seat Aerobatic Biplane originally developed in the early 1940′s. The S1-11B variant of the Pitts Special is known as “Super Stinker”. It’s extreme performance specs include a mind boggling roll rate of 300 degrees per second, and a vertical climb rate of 3,000 feet per minute.
SkyHawks Canadian Forces Parachute Team
A Day in the Life of The SkyHawks!
The Canadian Forces Parachute Demonstration Team, The SkyHawks will be performing at the Brantford Air Show, and everyone will love to see their Signature Formations as they circle above the crowds. The SkyHawks jump from an aircraft, over two miles above the spectators, and then they perform Parachute Aerobatics, or “Parabatics”, to the delight of everyone on the ground below.
Warbirds, Military Aircraft, Aerobatic Performances, and More!
The Rotary Brantford Air Show will include Warbirds, Military Aircraft, Aerobatic Performances, and much, more. The Flightline is subject to change based on weather, aircraft maintenance, performer availability, etc., but this promises to be another great year for the Brantford Air Show.
Dusty Crophopper Yes! Pictured here is a real airplane.
Actual Photo – Real Airplane!
This is not a cartoon drawing of an aircraft, but this an actual, un-touched photo of a real, flying aircraft. The airplane you are looking at is an Air Tractor AT-301 Crop Duster that has been painted to resemble “Dusty” (Dusty Crophopper), star of the new Disney movie “Planes”.
Everyone enjoyed “Cars” from Disney Pixar, and now there is the new franchise “Planes”. Dusty Crophopper, voiced by Dane Cook, stars as a Crop Duster aircraft with incredible determination. Dusty races in the “Wings Around The Globe” Rally air race and his mentor and coach is “Skipper Riley” (Stacey Keach), a gruff, Ex-Navy F4U Corsair war hero.
3D, Animated Comedy
Disney Planes is a 3D, Animated, Comedy that the entire family will absolutely love. And of course, “Aviation” is an incredible theme, making this a great film for anyone who loves aircraft and flying. From above the world of “Cars”, we now have the action-packed Disney’s Planes. Aviators young and old will love this thrilling new movie starring Dusty Crophopper.
Meet Dusty in Real Life: Dusty Crophopper – Disney’s Planes
Behind the Scenes with Dusty Crophopper at the Waterloo Air Show
Behind the Scenes LearnToFly.ca was invited behind-the-scenes at the Waterloo Air Show to meet Dusty. It was great to spend some time with “Dusty”, and the single seat Air Tractor AT-301 Crop Duster aircraft is amazing. Of course, the paint scheme is incredible, with the airplane taking on the personality and character of Dusty Crophopper. And, the performance of the AT-301 is fantastic.
The accomplished and friendly pilot who brings “Dusty” to life at Air Shows and aviation events is Rusty Lindeman of Rusty’s Flying Service located in D’Hanis, Texas. We spent a few days with Rusty at the Waterloo Air Show, and Rusty is super friendly, just like the character “Dusty” that he depicts.
Salute to Rusty
Of course, Rusty maintains an inconspicuous role, to make certain he doesn’t take-away from the star character – “Dusty”.
As Dusty the crop duster performs above the crowds, the excited and eager spectators forget there is even a pilot performing. “Dusty” the airplane is always centre stage, and Rusty is happy to keep his involvement hidden from the crowds.
Dusty the Airplane
Dusty the aircraft magically ”comes alive” before the crowds. Within a few moments, and with a little imagination, Dusty Crophopper, the star of Disney’s Planes, appears to be a live character, performing for everyone to enjoy.
Kids Love Dusty!
The kids go crazy, and they love the experience of seeing Dusty in real life. You can hear and feel the excitement of all the kids in the crowd, as they watch in awe as Dusty performs right before their eyes. Dusty was a huge hit at the Waterloo Air Show, and even the pilots in the crowd didn’t seem to notice Rusty as he was over-shadowed by the huge persona of Dusty the aircraft.
Formation Flight – Aerial Demonstration Over The Falls
Snowbirds Over Niagara Falls
Ride Shotgun with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds as they perform their first Air Show over Niagara Falls, Canada. The view is spectacular, and the precision formation flying is unbelievable!
Snowbirds Over The Falls
LearnToFly.ca editors, Greg and Geoff McKay, met up with the Snowbirds Team as they made preparations for the Snowbirds Over The Falls Air Show. We went behind the scenes to capture all the exciting moments of this amazing event.
HD Cockpit Video
Two of the Snowbird Canadair CT-114 Tutor Jets were outfitted with LearnToFly.ca cameras to record the complete air show, from start-up to shut-down. This exclusive HD Cockpit video puts you in the passenger seat as the Snowbirds dazzle the crowds in Niagara. Watch the Snowbirds over Niagara Falls Air Show from the cockpit!
Two Cockpit Cams
Two Snowbird Jets captured amazing footage of the very first Snowbirds over Niagara Falls Air Show:
Snowbird 5, Second Line Astern – Captain Trevor Shawaga
Snowbird 9, Lead Solo – Captain Brent Handy
Exclusive Video: Snowbirds Over Niagara Falls Air Show – HD Cockpit Video
Snowbirds Air Show Performance over Niagara Falls. Breathtaking Aerial Views!
Breathtaking Aerial Views of Snowbirds over Niagara Falls
The Aerial Views of Niagara Falls, from the Cockpit of a Snowbird Jet are truly amazing. You have a fantastic vantage point as you fly over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Niagara Gorge as you enjoy a truly spectacular view of The Falls from 1,000 feet in the air. Snowbirds over Niagara Falls cockpit video captures breathtaking views.
Table Rock Welcome Centre
Show Centre for the Snowbirds over Niagara Falls Air Show was The Table Rock Welcome Centre at the Brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. The rock wall was lined with excited spectators eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
The weather was ideal, with blue skies, and the scenery was absolutely spectacular. The majestic falls were only feet away, and the roar of the falls was heard all around.
Live from the Cockpit
The crowd was excited as they looked to the skies, and they heard the Snowbird Pilots count-off, live from the Cockpit, as they made a grand entrance over the falls. Our crew filmed from show centre, and our cockpit cameras also captured the show live from the cockpit.
We were located at Show Centre with the Air Boss, and the Snowbirds Ground Crew at the command centre. The ground team at the event included:
Air Boss – David White
Snowbirds Public Affairs Officer (PAO) – Captain Thomas Edelson
Snowbird 10, Coordinator – Captain Scott Greenfield
Snowbird 11, Coordinator – Captain Steve MacDonald
The Snowbirds flew ten different formations during the Snowbirds Over The Falls Air Show. Each of these formations was in nine plane, and these unique formations were special groupings of the 9 Snowbirds. My favourite was the Lancaster Pass.
There are only two flying Lancaster aircraft in the entire world, that are still in air worthy condition. This popular W.W. II Heavy Bomber is a special part of aviation history. One of the last two flying Lancaster aircraft is operated by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton.
Rolls Royce Merlin Engines
The “Lanc” is powered by four large Merlin Engines. These huge, 12 cylinder, radial engines were designed and built by Rolls-Royce. The Snowbirds Lancaster Pass honoured the Avro Lancaster by flying in a formation that resembles the distinctive silhouette of the Lancaster with four engines and two tail fins.
In addition to the Lancaster Pass, there were several other amazing formations including the Canadian “Maple Split”, and the “Tutor Commemorative Pass”. The Maple Split (Burst) celebrates Canada, and the Tutor Pass commemorates the CT-114 Tutor Jet by Canadair. The Tutor Jet has been used for many years as a Jet Trainer by the Canadian Forces. The crowds loved all of the incredible formations flown above the Falls by the Snowbirds.
Congratulations to the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition 2013 Regional Finalists!
Nine Regional Finalists Announced
Congratulations to the 9 Regional Finalists in the 2013 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition. The nine finalists represent the top applicant from each of the nine regional areas across Canada.
Webster Memorial Trophy Competition 2013
Each year, the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition names Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot. This a very prestigious reward that recognizes the knowledge, skill and professionalism of Canada’s Top Amateur Aviators. The winner of the Webster Trophy will be recognized as a Top Pilot by the many supporters, organizers, pilots, employers and leaders in the Aviation industry.
The 9 Regional Finalists will be flown to Harv’s Air Service, located at the St. Andrews Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the National part of the Competition. The finalists will take part in “Webster Week”, where they will be challenged with a week long competition involving flight tests, flying exercises, written exams, and simulator exercises.
The week long National part of the Competition will culminate with the Awards Banquet on Saturday August 24, 2013. One of the 9 finalists will receive the well-earned title of Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot for 2013. The Webster Trophy will be presented to the grand prize winner, but all nine regional finalists will be congratulated and recognized for their aviation accomplishments, professionalism, and piloting skills.
The nine finalists in the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition 2013 will be honoured by a large representation of Webster supporters representing many sectors of the Canadian and the American Aviation community.
The Top 9 Regional Finalists
British Columbia: Andrew Cops, Coastal Pacific Aviation
Alberta: Meagan Vacheresse, Wetaskiwin Air Services
Eastern Ontario: Takashi Hirose, Ottawa Flying Club (Algonquin College)
Quebec: Mathias Veit, Cargair
Atlantic: Owen Armstrong, Gander Flight Training
Redbird Flight Training Device
Flight Training Devices such as the Redbird FMX Simulator will be used during Webster Week
Flight Simulator – Flight Tests
During Webster Week, the 9 Regional Finalists of the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition 2013 will each be graded on multiple Flight Tests. Two Transport Canada Civil Aviation Inspectors from Ottawa will perform the tests with the finalists. One flight test will be conducted in an aircraft, and the second test will be completed using a Redbird Flight Training Device. The Redbird FMX Simulator is a full motion, certified Flight Training Device used by Flight Schools to complement flight training.
The amateur pilots will be challenged with various flight environments and unusual scenarios to test their ability to think and react quickly and correctly in different situations. In the Flight Simulator tests, the Flight Training Device will be configured to simulate an unfamiliar aircraft type, and over unfamiliar terrain such as the Grand Canyon. In addition, the nine finalists will be challenged with advanced flight exercises such as Chandelles (180 Degree Climbing Turn) and Spot Landings.
Father’s Day Weekend
The Hamilton Air Show 2013 is Father’s Day Weekend. Dads will love spending time with their family as they enjoy a fun filled and exciting aviation event and air show. There are many activities for everyone, and the air show will be a thrilling and exciting time for the entire family.
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
The Hamilton Air Show is held at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. The Hamilton Airport 2013 is also home to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM). The Hamilton Air Show 2013 is presented by the Hamilton International Airport and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
CWHM is Canada’s Flying Museum, and it’s home to many incredible Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft.
Over 40 Vintage Aircraft
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has a collection of over 40 aircraft that have been meticulously restored and maintained. Many of these priceless aircraft are still being flown today, and some are extremely rare.
Over 40 Years
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum moved into a hangar at the Hamilton Airport back in 1972. CWHM celebrated 40 years of heritage flying in 2012, and the museum has made a great and valuable contribution to maintaining aviation history in Canada.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum maintains a large 108,000 square foot premises at the Hamilton Airport. CWHM’s modern delta wing shaped building is home to the more than 40 vintage aircraft they have acquired and restored. Visitors are encouraged to visit CWHM year round to view the many static and flying aircraft that make up their rare collection of warbirds and vintage aircraft. CWHM keeps alive the vibrant and nostalgic history of these vintage aircraft that span many decades of aviation history.
Many of the CWHM aircraft are over 70 years old. The Hamilton Air Show is a wonderful and exciting opportunity for everyone to enjoy both the static display and Flying Demonstration of many rare and vintage warplanes. In addition to the CWHM collection of aircraft, the Air Show will feature many other aircraft and flying performances.
Matt Younkin’s Aerobatics Beech 18
Matt Younkin and his 70 Year Old Beech 18 Transport. Aerobatics like you have never seen!
The Avro Lancaster
CWHM is proud to own and fly one of only two remaining Avro Lancaster aircraft (worldwide) that are still flying today. The Avro Lancaster MK-X Heavy Bomber is the showpiece of the CWHM collection of rare vintage aircraft, and the ‘Lanc’ will be on display and flying at the Hamilton Air Show again this year.
Most Famous Allied Bomber
The Avro Lancaster is considered to be the most famous Allied Bomber of the Second World War. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster was built in 1945, and this Allied Bomber has a service ceiling of over 25,000 feet, and range of over 2,500 miles.
The Lancaster is a Heavy Bomber with the capability of carrying a payload of up to 22,000 pounds of bombs. The Lancaster has a maximum speed of 275 m.p.h., and a cruising speed of 210 m.p.h.
Four Engine Lancaster
The opportunity to see one of the last two flying Lancaster aircraft in the world, makes the Hamilton Air Show a must see for anyone who appreciates aviation. You don’t want to miss witnessing this rare aircraft as it lumbers down the runway, and then roars into the air under the power of the four huge Packard Merlin engines.
The Waterloo Air Show 2013 is being held on the weekend of June 1 & 2, 2013. Located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, in Breslau, Ontario, the Waterloo Airshow is an amazing event for the entire family.
5th Annual Waterloo Air Show
This is the 5th Annual Waterloo Air Show (WAS), and it promises to be another great event for everyone. New for 2013, the WAS will also include the Canadian Aviation Expo. These two events will be hosted together, at one convenient location, for a combined, spectacular event for the entire family.
20th Annual Canadian Aviation Expo
The Canadian Aviation Expo is billed as Canada’s Premier Aviation Expo and Trade Show. 2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Canadian Aviation Expo, and it will be bigger and better than ever with the combined hosting of WAS and the Aviation Expo at the Waterloo Airport.
Family Fun from the Ground Up!
The Waterloo Air Show will include static aircraft on display, aviation exhibits, vendors, kids’ activities, rides and much more. There will be family fun, from the ground up! The event will be an incredible weekend of aviation. You can meet and talk with pilots, aircraft owners, aircraft builders, flight instructors and many aviation enthusiasts and professionals.
CF-18 Hornet Jet
The Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team is always an Air Show crowd favourite. The roar of the CF-18 Jet engine is easily recognized as the Hornet pilot demonstrates the extreme capabilities of one of the most advanced fighter jets ever designed.
CF-18 Cockpit Video
Watch this ‘Behind the Scenes CF-18 Video Tour‘ for a preview of the high performance CF-18 demonstration you can expect again at this year’s Waterloo Air Show. The CF-18 Hornet pilot will perform amazing aerobatics as he executes High-G manoeuvres right before your eyes. The 2013 CF-18 Hornet Demo Team pilot is Captain Patrick “Flocho” Pollen.
Dirty Roll Take-Off
Don’t miss the insane, ‘Dirty Roll Take-Off’ as the CF-18 Hornet pilot performs a low level roll just seconds after lifting off from the runway. The gear of the aircraft are still extended, as the CF-18 Hornet rolls upside down just feet above the ground. This signature CF-18 Hornet Demo Team manoeuvre demonstrates the incredible performance capabilities of both the Jet and the highly skilled pilot.
CF-18 Hornet Tour: Pilot Interview and HD Cockpit Video
The CF-18 Hornet Performance at the 2012 Waterloo Air Show. Don’t miss the 2013 WAS Air Show!
CF-18 Paint Scheme – The Common Thread
Every year, the CF-18 Hornet Demo Jet features a new custom paint theme, created by Design Director Jim Belliveau. The 2013 theme is ‘The Common Thread’. Canada is fortunate to have a rich diversity, and the 2013 CF-18 demo team celebrates “The Common Thread” that ties Canadians of diverse backgrounds together.
JAM T-33 “Mako Shark”
The Jet Aircraft Museum (JAM) T-33 577 “Mako Shark” is another Jet you will see at the WAS with an incredible paint scheme. The T-33 Silver Star Jet Trainer was painted as the “Mako Shark”, and this Jet is a favourite for everyone.
The kids will love seeing the “Mako Shark” performing at the Waterloo Air Show. The “Mako Shark” even has it’s own theme song as it performs. The crowds are energized as they hear the “Shark Theme” music in anticipation of seeing the “Mako Shark” overhead in the skies.
The combined Waterloo Air Show 2013 and Canadian Aviation Expo will be a great opportunity for you to experience and see Everything Aviation! There will be jets, gliders, aerobatic aircraft, transport aircraft, general aviation aircraft, corporate jets, war planes, new aircraft, vintage aircraft, helicopters and even kit planes on display or flying. You can browse aviation products, talk to flight instructors about learning to fly, and even book a scenic flight.
Wayne Hadath F1 Rocket
Waterloo area resident, Wayne Hadath, will be at the Waterloo Air Show 2013, performing with his Homebuilt F1 Rocket Sport Wing Racing Aircraft. It’s hard to believe, but Wayne built this record setting, fast airplane – himself!
Yes, the F1 Rocket is a homebuilt aircraft that has set several speed records and it flies at nearly 250 mph. The two seat, tandem, aircraft is painted in a custom black and white paint scheme that makes it easily recognizable.
Wayne calls his F1 Rocket “Little Bit”, and you will see this single engine, propeller aircraft at the Waterloo Air Show. Wayne is a friendly guy, and he would be happy to talk to anyone about the fun, challenges and rewards of building a homebuilt aircraft.
Amazing Air Show
The Waterloo Air Show 2013 is always an amazing air show. The runway and taxiways are relatively close to the crowd line, and this gives the audience a close-up view of the performing aircraft as they taxi to the runway and take-off. The air show performances are always great, and the many static aircraft make this a great aviation event. The addition of the Canadian Aviation Expo makes for an truly special and fantastic event this year.