RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox - UPDATED!

RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox - UPDATED!

Postby sylvancatharsis on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 1:22 am

Had an excellent day out on Saturday on sunny Vancouver Island. The weather forecast was iffy in the days leading up to the show, with rain, low clouds, and fog all predicted at some point. But on the day the skies cleared, the temperatures were perfect, and aside from gusty winds late in the show that caused the cancellation of Dan Buchanan's hang glider performance, it really could not have been a better day for an air show. This was the base's first show in 8 years, and aside from a dearth of food vendors and massive traffic problems getting out (they really underestimated just how popular this air show would turn out to be), the only disappointment was the cancellation of the RCAF 408 Squadron CH-146 role demo, as the aircraft apparently went tech on the day. I could write a lot more, but I'll let the images speak for themselves. I make no apology for the quantity.

1. Highlights for me were the home team, specifically 442 Transport & Rescue Squadron and their mighty Buffalo
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2. 442 Sqn performed an SAR role demonstration, starting with a pair of pararescue jumpers out of the CC-115
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4. The CH-149 Cormorant then did its thing
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7.
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8. Lowering the basket
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9. Pulling up the PJ
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10. Both of 442 Squadron's types
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11. This is the takeoff. Maximum Performance.
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13. The commentator seemed to think that the Buffalo was just going to takeoff and land again. I was devastated for a moment. And then...
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14. My trip to British Columbia was validated :)
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15. The "other" denizens of CFB Comox: 407 "Demon" Long-Range Patrol Squadron
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17. Another Buffalo departing on a mission earlier in the show
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18. Star of the static display for me, a rarely seen CC-138 Twin Otter from 440 Transport Squadron, all the way from Yellowknife, NWT
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19. For most, the Snowbirds were the stars of the show, and they were spectacular
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24. Superb display by the CF-18
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27. Early in the show the demo Hornet (4 Wing Cold Lake) teamed up with its support ship (3 Wing Bagotville) for some high-speed and formation passes to fill the vacancy left by the CH-146's cancellation
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28. Fortunately we did get to see a Griffon in flight... after the show, while we were sitting in traffic waiting to leave!
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29. CC-130J from Trenton, which dropped the pararescue jumpers for the opening ceremony, later joining a KCC-130H in the static display
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30. Heritage Flight Foundation warbirds
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31. Remember this fella?
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32. I make no apology for sounding slightly perverse when I say I'm in love with this Spitfire
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33. SL633
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35. According to the commentator, this is an F7F Hellcat (later amended to an F6F Hellcat), which replaced the obsolete Bearcat in US Navy service. A slight slip of the tongue methinks.
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36. This was originally scheduled to be a Tigercat. Slightly disappointing the F7F couldn't make it, but a Bearcat will do!
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38. Around the end of the show Cascade Warbirds put up 19 or so light vintage types
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42. IAR-823
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45. Would have liked to have seen this beauty do a full display, but at least we got to see her depart
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46. Manfred Radius
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51. The static display was difficult to photograph due to ropes close to the aircraft and overcast skies in the morning, but the Royal Canadian Air Force was comprehensively represented, with only the CC-177 (due to attend but called away last-minute on operations) and CH-147F missing from either the static or flying displays.
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52. Good-looking Vampire
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53. Fisheries & Oceans Canada Super King Air
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54. Canada and Bush Planes... perfect.
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55. One last photo. Entertaining oneself during the two-hour wait to get out.
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Last edited by sylvancatharsis on Mon 26 Aug 2013, 12:55 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby JJC on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 2:36 am

An entertaining and fantastic set as always sir! :smile: :clap:
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby Kenny on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 6:13 am

Outstanding! What a post and location! Thanks very much for posting.
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby DanBeeden on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 6:50 am

Great selection of shots from a lovely location. I like the Buffalo shots especially - what a wonderful old beast!

I notice the Dash 8 (CC-142?) in the background of the static shots - are these all now painted in that attractive gloss navy blue or are some still grey? One came to RIAT a few years back and looked terrific in that scheme I thought.
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby AlexC on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 7:39 am

Very good! :clap:
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby Hatstand on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 7:46 am

Very nice! I especially like #10... because if you look at it in a certain way, it looks like a big bird about to eat small bug...! :-D
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby TheDuck on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 8:43 am

Looks like a great show and great shots as well. That Spitfire looks lovely in that scheme. :clap:
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby tankbuster81 on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 10:17 am

Wow!! my favourite post of the year so far.A great plethora of different types,and associated colour schemes.Adore the Cormorant ,merlin in a very snazzy scheme!!!!! would love to see one in the flesh,also that Hornet.... gorgeous!!! Lovely schemed Harvards ,and even like the king air,nice to see so much colour!!!!! :rock: :rock:
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby Ledhead27 on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 11:03 am

Brilliant set, has to be one of the most colourful airshows I have seen!
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby Maisie on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 11:22 am

LOVE the Buffalo! :worship: :worship:
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby Niallxg on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 4:21 pm

Excellent post :clap:

Did you get to photograph the exhibits in the museum and the Voodoo gate guard?

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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby sylvancatharsis on Fri 23 Aug 2013, 9:19 pm

Thank ye all kindly chaps, much appreciated!

DanBeeden wrote:I notice the Dash 8 (CC-142?) in the background of the static shots - are these all now painted in that attractive gloss navy blue or are some still grey? One came to RIAT a few years back and looked terrific in that scheme I thought.

It appears that all of the CT-142s now wear this scheme, at least they have the last few times I've seen them. Here's a photograph, albeit a bit difficult to take due to the clouds and the dark blue CC-130H behind (which IMHO also wears a lovely scheme; shame the J's are painted in bland old boring plain grey) :
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Niallxg wrote:Did you get to photograph the exhibits in the museum and the Voodoo gate guard?

Not on the show day, but I paid a visit the next day (sadly under overcast skies) and will upload the photos shortly in the appropriate forum.
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby ciaranchef on Sat 24 Aug 2013, 2:20 am

Fantastic location, variety of aircraft types and photographs, stunning post!
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby PeteM on Sat 24 Aug 2013, 1:00 pm

I spent a very enjoyable few minutes looking through those, thanks for posting :clap:
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby Rick on Sat 24 Aug 2013, 1:48 pm

PeteM wrote:I spent a very enjoyable few minutes looking through those, thanks for posting :clap:


Me too, super post :clap:
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby CH2 on Sun 25 Aug 2013, 8:39 am

Cracking set; #20 is great, but some excellent shots of the SAR demos and the Hornet. :clap:
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby Epic Formacion on Sun 25 Aug 2013, 5:15 pm

Great set of images. Personally it was nice to see the Golden Harvard, I flew in this at the Abbotsford show a few years ago. It was flown then by a previous team leader of a RCAF F-86 Sabre team.
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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby hazer1 on Sun 25 Aug 2013, 5:34 pm

Great shots! Here are a few of mine. More at my site http://www.hazersflightline.comImage

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Re: RCAF 19 Wing Open Day, CFB Comox

Postby sylvancatharsis on Mon 26 Aug 2013, 12:53 am

Derek, nice shots, especially like the Snowbirds crossover. But you really ought to start a new thread for your photos to give them the exposure they deserve!

Thanks all for the kind words, here are a few more for you in thanks :)

56. Team Rocket. Basically Canada's version of the RV8Tors!
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57. Yellow Thunder Harvard duo
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59. CF-188B
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60. Blue Skies and a Buffalo!
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61. SL633
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62. Aurora dirty pass
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63. Harvard formation
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65. CT-155 Hawk
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66. CH-124 Sea King from 443 Squadron, just down the road in Victoria
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67. It just wouldn't be right to have an air show in Canada and not have a Beaver around!
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68. Departing after the show
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69. My ride into Comox. If you've never been on a 1900D, to say it's noisy inside is the understatement of the century. Makes a Saab or Dash 8 feel like the lap of luxury.
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70. And finally, the most interesting aircraft of the day: A Cessna!
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(sorry, I couldn't resist)

Thanks for looking!
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