Airshow London 2016

Airshow London 2016

Postby Ingram on Fri 23 Sep 2016, 9:55 pm

After a 10 year hiatus, London International Airport in London, Ontario, Canada once again hosted an airshow over the Battle of Britain weekend of 16th to 19th September. The published list of participants promised to make the long drive to London worthwhile, and so it was albeit with a few minor disappointments.
After an 8 hour drive from Montreal we had time to catch part of the (3 hour) Hour of Power held in the late afternoon/evening of Friday. It provided to be a nice appetiser for the weekend show days……..

1) F-15C Eagle Louisiana National Guard

ImageF-15C Eagle - Hour of Power (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

In the gathering gloom the F-22 Raptor did a full solo display and also displayed with a P-51D in the Heritage Flight.

2) F-22 Raptor

ImageF-22 Raptor - Hour of Power (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

3) F-22 HUD glowing in the twilight

ImageF-22 Raptor - Hour of Power (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr


Saturday dawned and with it, unfortunately, came the forecast heavy rain and threat of severe thunderstorms which caused the organisers to cancel the show for the day. Thankfully, after some early morning fog, Sunday’s weather was glorious and was matched by a great display.

Before the official start of proceedings there were a few interesting arrivals/departures/movements.

4) Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association Harvard

ImageCHAA Harvard - Sunday (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

5) One of two CF-18’s that departed for a flyover of Ottawa – they would return with a friend later

ImageCF-18 - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

6) A Stearman visitor that amused the commentators by doing a few passes with smoke on

ImageStearman - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

7) Antonov An-2 did a few high speed passes.......

ImageAntonov An-2 - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

8) 2 Ohio ANG F-16’s departed to do a flyover at the stat of the Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Stealers game. They would return later.

ImageF-16 Ohio National Guard - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

9) CC150 Polaris accompanied by the two returning CF-18’s that departed earlier.

ImageCC150 Polaris & 2 x CF18 - Sunday (3) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

10) CF-18’s

Image2 x CF18 - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr



The show then started with the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, The Skyhawks delivering the U.S and Canadian flags accompanied by the appropriate National Anthems.

11) Skyhawks with U.S. Flag

ImageCanadian Skyhawks - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

12) Skyhawks with Canadian Flag

ImageCanadian Skyhawks - Sunday (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

13) CC-130J flypast

ImageCC130J Hercules - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

The Ohio ANG F16’s returned and performed a few spirited passes

14) Ohio ANG F-16

ImageF-16 Ohio National Guard - Sunday (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

15) Ohio ANG F-16

ImageF-16 Ohio National Guard - Sunday (3) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

Joeseph Masessa then displayed his Grumman OV-1 Mohawk painted with the names of US service personnel MIA in conflicts back to Vietnam.

16) OV-1 Mohawk

ImageOV-1 Mohawk - Sunday (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

17) OV-1 Mohawk

ImageOV-1 Mohawk - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

The London based International Test Pilot School then displayed their Aero L-39 Albatros

18) L-39 Albatros

ImageL-39 Albatros -ITPS - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

Which was followed by the London based Jet Aircraft Museum displaying their Jet Provost T Mk4

19) Jet Provost T. Mk4

ImageJet Provost Mk4 - Sunday (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

The US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin demo included featured some nonchalant leg dangling by the GIB throughout.

20) USCG MH-65 Dolphin

ImageMH-65 Dolphin US Coast Guard - Sunday (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

Pete McLeod put on an impressive aerobatic display in his Edge 540, putting his low level Red Bull racing series skills to good use

21) Edge 540

ImageEdge 540 - Pete McLeod - Sunday (4) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

The RCAF CT-156 Harvard II was displayed at a less frenetic pace

22) CT-156 Harvard II

ImageCT-156 Harvard II - Sunday (4) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

After which the RCAF CF-18 Demo performed solo ……

23) CF-18 Demo

ImageCF-18 Demo - Sunday (8) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

24) CF-18 Demo

ImageCF-18 Demo - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

25) CF18 Demo

ImageCF-18 Demo - Sunday (7) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

And then with the CT-156 Harvard II as the RCAF Heritage Flight

26) RCAF Heritage Flight

ImageCanadian Heritage Flight - Sunday (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

27) RCAF Heritage Flight

ImageCanadian Heritage Flight - Sunday (5) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

The US Navy T-45 Goshawk then departed

28) T-45 Goshawk

ImageT-45 Goshawk - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

To be followed into the air by a locally built Diamond Aircraft DA62

29) Diamond DA62

ImageDiamond DA62 - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

Gregory Colyer then displayed his Lockheed T-33

30) T-33

ImageT-33 - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

31) T-33

ImageT-33 - Sunday (4) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

The USAF Heritage Flight P-51D flew a few passes

32) P-51D Mustang

ImageP-51D - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

Before leaving the stage to the star of the show

33) F-22 Raptor

ImageF-22 Raptor Demo - Sunday (14) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

34) F-22 Raptor

ImageF-22 Raptor Demo - Sunday (5) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

35) F-22 Raptor

ImageF-22 Raptor Demo - Sunday (11) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

36) Post-Impressionist F-22 Raptor

ImageF-22 Raptor Demo - Sunday (10) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

After an awesome display the F-22 joined the P-51D to display as the USAF Heritage Flight

37) USAF Heritage Flight

ImageUSAF Heritage Flight - Sunday (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

38) USAF Heritage Flight

ImageUSAF Heritage Flight - Sunday (4) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

Finally, an excellent show was brought to a close by the Snowbirds

39) Snowbird mirror formation

ImageSnowbirds - Sunday (1) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

40) Snowbird synchro pair

ImageSnowbirds - Sunday (2) by Stirling Images, on Flickr

41) Snowbird synchro pair

ImageSnowbirds - Sunday (3) by Stirling Images, on Flickr


If you’ve made it this far, thanks for looking. If you would like to see more please visit my Flickr album https://flic.kr/s/aHskKeDFTF

Comments and criticism welcome.

Ian
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Ingram

Re: Airshow London 2016

Postby Seraph on Sat 24 Sep 2016, 1:15 pm

Some crackers in there!

Loving the detail and crispness of the f-18 and f-16 shots. Not yet seen a Lightning II fly about, it's on my list though.

:clap:
Seraph

Re: Airshow London 2016

Postby steved on Sat 24 Sep 2016, 1:53 pm

Great shots. Really like the first Snowbird synchro picture, they look very close. :clap:
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steved

Re: Airshow London 2016

Postby Gundylunch on Sat 24 Sep 2016, 2:54 pm

8 & 31 for me - stunners !!
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Re: Airshow London 2016

Postby SPLAT on Sat 24 Sep 2016, 6:13 pm

The Snowbirds synchro pair photo !!! Had to look a few times to see if not photo shopped as they look too bloody close
SPLAT

Re: Airshow London 2016

Postby gralee on Tue 27 Sep 2016, 6:42 pm

Lovely! Great selection too. 9 and 37 for me and can't help admiring the synchro pair! really enjoyed viewing :clap: :clap:
gralee


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