The Abbotsford International Airshow is organised by the the Abbotsford International Airshow Society, a non-profit organisation that has been in operation since 1966. Their main annual event is of course this airshow.
Abbotsford International Airshow
The first airshow was held in 1962 and attracted 15,000 people. By 1965 the Abbotsford Airshow had become the largest in Canada. 1967 was the year of Canada’s Centennial celebrations and the airshow that year drew a large contingent from the Royal Canadian Air Force as well as foreign forces.
Soon after it was renamed the Abbotsford International Airshow and has become one of the more significant airshows on the annual North American calendar. The show has attracted many significant types over the years including the SR-71 Blackbird, B-1 Lancer, Concorde, Boeing 747, Supermarine Spitfire, Starfighters, Voodoos, Vulcans and many, many more.
“To produce the premier aviation showcase in Canada and a pre-eminent community event in the Lower Mainland. To celebrate our aviation heritage and inspire a passion for flight.”
The organising committee’s mission, as stated on the website, is:
“To produce Canada’s best airshow and one of the Lower Mainland’s pre-eminent community events. The Abbotsford International Airshow will feature diverse aerial and aviation-related displays, and offer value and entertainment to all ages.
We partner with charities, service groups and local businesses with the goal of giving back to the community. We support the Canadian Aerospace Industry by fostering partnerships with other aviation organizations.”
The airshow is located at 30440 Liberator Ave, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5, Canada
The next show is on August 10, 11 and 12 2018.
Adults (13+): $25
Child (6-12): $12.50
Online (1 Aug onwards)
There are various other options such as family passes, 3 day passes, Pit passes, Photo Pit passes etc.
Although more are yet to be announced, the website lists the following performers as at February 2018:
- US Navy Blue Angels
- Canadian Forces Snowbirds
- CF-18 Hornet Demo
- A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo
- T-33 “Acemaker” Shooting Star
- Rob Holland
- Gary Rower – Stearman Aerobatics
- Buck Roetman – Wild Horse Aviation
- Dan Buchan
- Skyhawks Parachute Demonstration Team
- A-1 Skyraider “Proud American”
- F8F Bearcat
- TBM-3E Avenger “Ida Red”
Only a few static display aircraft are listed on the website as at February. They are:
- Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Sentimental Journey”
- P-51 Mustang “Val-Halla”
- de Havilland Dragon Rapide
- Boeing 727
More will no doubt be announced closer to the event.
The website lists an exhibit area, opening ceremonies and anthem, fireworks display and kids zone.
* This article is based on information in the public domain as at February 20, 2018.