Back in July, I attended the Cold Lake Airshow. Hosted by 4 Wing, the show offered many attractions, both on the ground and in the air. The show was headlined by the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds, CF-18 Demonstration Team and the Skyhawks.
Other acts included Kent Pietsch, who thrilled crowds in his 1942 Jellybelly Interstate Cadet, Melissa Andrezejewski, flying a dynamic routine, in her Edge 540, Bruce Evans, flying a vintage T-28 Trojan, Greg Colyer, flying his "Ace Maker II" T-33 and an appearance by the USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team.
Many aircraft were also on static display, including the CC-177 Globemaster III, numerous CF-18 Hornets, F-16 Fighting Falcons, the CH-146 Griffon and the USAF B-52 Stratofortress.
This was a highly anticipated show, with just over 10,000 advance tickets being sold. Changes were made to handle the huge influx of traffic, which was expected after last years one day show. I am happy to say that the improved traffic plan and parking was a great success.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck the show, on Sunday, as Bruce Evans, lost his life while flying his T-28 routine. Shortly after, the rest of the Sunday performance was cancelled. Bruce was very prominent in the Canadian aviation and airshow community and his loss was a shock to all. Heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.
I have to recognize all those who were involved with the Cold Lake Airshow. Not only did they plan a great airshow, they also acted with the highest amount of professionalism, with their response to Sunday's incident.
I would like to thank 4 Wing Public Affairs Officer, Capt. Mat Strong, for his assistance in arranging media access for the show.
I look forward to the next airshow, which will be held in 2018.
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