Photo of the Snowbirds by Scott Kitching, BlackburnNewsLondon.com

Airshow London Adds Snowbirds

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will once again be soaring over London this September.

Airshow London announced on Friday that Canada’s most iconic aviation demonstration team has joined the lineup for the three-day spectacle slated for September 7, 8, and 9 at the London International Airport. Also joining the list of attractions is the CF-18 Demonstration Team, led by Captain Stefan Porteous.

“Our team is again assembling an unbelievable array of jets and fighter demonstration teams for what will be year three for Airshow London,” said Airshow Executive Director Dave De Kelver. “We are very excited and kicking off the official announcements of aircraft is the return of the Snowbirds and the RCAF F18 Demonstration Team. The Canadian contingent brings our national pride and aviation prowess to the forefront and we are very pleased to have been chosen by both teams as stops on their 2018 schedules.”

To commemorate 60 years of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the CF-18 Demo jet’s design will feature lightning bolts, a north-pointing sword, the globe, and silver stylized wings.

The Snowbirds and the CF-18 Demonstration Team are the first acts to be added to this year’s airshow but airshow officials note many more will be announced shortly.

“February will be a month of major announcements for Airshow London and there may even be a hometown surprise up our flight suit sleeve,” said De Kelver.

Last year’s airshow drew 35,000 people over its three-day run, a steady increase from the 20,000 people who passed through the airshow gates in 2016.

Airshow London is a not-for-profit organization that raises money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, veteran’s charities, and scholarships and bursaries at Fanshawe College’s Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology.