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Rave Reviews for 2019 Brantford, Ontario Community Air Show

Report and photos by Gord McNulty, CAHS Vice President

The specially painted 2019 Demo Hornet at the Brantford Community Air Show Aug 29 2019

The specially painted 2019 Demo Hornet at the Brantford Community Air Show Aug. 29, 2019

A record-breaking crowd and a beautiful summer day set the stage for an impressive 2019 Brantford Community Air Show on Aug. 29.

An estimated 15,000 or more spectators flocked to Brantford Airport to enjoy the display, co-produced by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the Rotary Club of Brantford. In fact, the gates had to be closed at 1 p.m. as capacity was reached and parking space ran out.

The 2019 CF-18 Demo Team headlined the show. Capt. Brian Kilroy flew the specially painted Hornet, in a scheme commemorating the history of the RCAF and the 70th anniversary of NATO. The Snowbirds thrilled the crowd, as well as a good variety of vintage warbirds including the only air show appearance of the CWHM Lancaster this season. The Waterloo Warbirds flew a CT-133 Silver Star and a Vampire while Alf Beam and Danny Richer flew T-28 Trojans among others.

C 47 Dakota of CWHM taking off with Hamilton Sport Parachute Club skydivers to open the 2019 Brantford Community Air Show

C-47 Dakota of CWHM taking off with Hamilton Sport Parachute Club skydivers to open the 2019 Brantford Community Air Show

Aerobatic displays featured Brent Handy and wingman Todd Farrell in Pitts Specials, Mike Tryggvason in a Giles 202, and the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team. Hamilton Sport Parachute Club skydivers, who opened the show, were taken aloft in the CWHM C-47 Dakota.

For extensive photo coverage, check the superb images taken by Eric Dumigan (www.airic.ca) and Gus Corujo (www.gusair.com)

The most successful rendition in the 15 year-plus history of the air show is a tribute to the efforts of many volunteers, sponsors and community supporters. We join the CWHM in thanking everyone for donating their time and skill to make it possible.