German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby sylvancatharsis on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 7:01 pm

You might have seen the report I did for UKAR on this show last year, which celebrated the Canadian Warplane Heritage's 40th Anniversary. That show was definitely a highlight of the 2012 air show season. So why not again in 2013? Well, as I mentioned in the "Overseas and Worldwide Airshows" topic this year there were a few bugs in the system that added a great deal of frustration to what could've been an equally good show. That having been said, the aircraft were superb, although I fear this show's days may be numbered as WestJet continues to build up its presence at Hamilton International Airport and the flying display has to be built around their schedule. Hopefully this is not the case.

Anyway, on with the photos.

1. Highlight of the show, and grand finale. Should've been a second Spitfire but sadly it went tech on the day. Still looked and sounded brilliant!
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2. The Red Arrows may be the "Best of British," but these may also qualify for the title!
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3. Star of the show for many...
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4. And it is a beautiful aircraft, but...
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5. ...this edged the Mossie out (slightly) as the highlight for me!
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7. The FlugWerk 190 joined the 262 but was a bit difficult to shoot due to being fairly far from the crowd.
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8. That's almost a topside!
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9. The "almost-display" by the Lysander. See "Overseas and Worldwide Airshows" topic.
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10. Firefly topside!
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11. Vintage Wings of Canada's lovely Corsair
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16. It wouldn't be a Canadian air show without Harvards.
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17. DC-3 jump ship for the opening parachute drop
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18. Thought this would be appropriate for this forum :wink:
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19. Did you hear about the new recruit for the Snowbirds? He isn't very good at keeping formation...
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20. The Aurora display had a mixed crew of Canadian, British, and Australian personnel.
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21. Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only fast jet display in the Western Hemisphere!
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26. The Spit that went tech, a Mk IX
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28. Hercules wide-angle. There was also a CC-130J.
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30. Star of the static display for me
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31. Lockheed 12-A Electra
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32. Paul Keppeler's CT-133. I know money's an issue but I'd like to see him fly it at the show sometime.
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33. Not as exciting as a 727.
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And two from Friday evening's arrivals and rehearsals. I arrived at around 6:30 PM just as the six-ship Merlin formation was breaking (along with their B-25 photo ship) but it did provide this unique formation that did not take place at the show:

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35. The Aurora was the last arrival, and this is the closest I got to a decent topside of it at the show.
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Hope these are of interest.
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby swingy on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 7:05 pm

Nice shots. Looks like a great show. :clap:
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby JJC on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 7:07 pm

Great stuff! :yahoo: :clap:
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby Tommy on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 7:07 pm

Wether it was up to the 2012 show standards or not, this is still orgasmic to look at!

Great pics, love the Hornet topside (sounds weird with you saying its the only fast jet display in the Western Hemisphere... never thought I'd hear those words), and I love the Lanc, Hurri, Spit and Mossie formation.

Thanks for posting.

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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby Maisie on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 7:42 pm

One day we might get a Mossie back in the air here! What a great sight! Nicely photo'd too :) :clap:
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby Phil Standfield on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 7:50 pm

Great post. Some very good pictures there of aircraft/types not seen on here much if ever. Just hope we get to see a Mossie over here again at a few different airshows to give people from around the country a chance to see it without having to go to just place
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby paravion on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 8:00 pm

Thank you for posting. It is fascinating to see what appears at air shows around the world and there are some great pics here. Love the Me262! :clap: Amazing line-up! :drool:
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby Exiler on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 9:09 pm

Really do like that B-25, Lancaster, Mosquito formation image. Very unique that. :clap:
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby IanOlder on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 9:13 pm

Nice, the Mossie & Me26 look great, shame they're not in the same blue skies as the statics. Did the gold F-86 fly?
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby sylvancatharsis on Sun 16 Jun 2013, 9:19 pm

IanOlder wrote:Did the gold F-86 fly?

Sadly no, relegated to the static.

Thanks all for the kind comments!
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby BlueMax on Sat 29 Jun 2013, 12:51 pm

Fantastic pics - love the ME262 not seen one before and didn't know there was one still flying. Highlight for me is the Red Baron :smile: Good stuff !
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby paullangford on Sat 29 Jun 2013, 6:48 pm

Looks like Canada is the place to go these days.
Fantastic set, thanks for making me as jealous as hell :smile:
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby Pat Murphy on Sat 29 Jun 2013, 10:50 pm

Excellent set Sean, lucky seeing the Mossie. I had to settle for hangar shots in Ardmore :grin: Would be nice to see a 262 in the UK, replica or no replica. Legends one day?? :smile:
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Re: German Gems & British Beauties: Hamilton, Ontario

Postby DanBeeden on Sun 30 Jun 2013, 8:53 am

Lovely shots. Hard to pick a favourite. Mossie and Firefly both fabulous. Love the F-18 take-off shot too - yet another nice demo scheme.
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