Back in June, the skies over 17 Wing Detachment Dundurn were very active, as the Canada Remembers Our Heroes Armed Forces Day returned, after a 2 year hiatus.
Helping to organize this year's event, was none other than Brian Swidrovich, who has been the inspiration behind this event, since its inception. Also, this show was brought together, with the full support of 17 Wing Winnipeg and the Dundurn Detachment Commanding Officer, Major Stephene Morency.
Performing at the show this year was the Canadian Forces Skyhawks Parachute Team, the CF-18 Demonstration Team and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. This show was significant for the Snowbirds as it marked their first show, back on the show circuit, since taking a break, while the team underwent additional training in Moose Jaw.
The highlight of the show, each day, was the Parade of Veterans. Featuring past and present members of the Canadian military, they were also joined by first responders and Air Cadets.
Other military displays saw 417 Combat Support Squadron, out of Cold Lake, which flew a search and rescue demo, with the CH-146 Griffon, as well as a "section attack" by members of the North Saskatchewan Regiment.
Also returning to the show were the Ladies for Liberty. This singing trio, out of Kentucky, have performed at the show for the past 5 years, bringing back the sounds of World War 2 era music.
All-in-all, the show was a success, despite some less than ideal weather on Sunday. However, as was stated by Swidrovich, this was to be his last show. He will be spending more time with family in the coming years.
In any case, this show is so much more than aerial displays. It is about the Veterans. It always has been and always will be.
Kestrel Aviation Images would like to thank Brian Swidrovich, Shell Aerocentre, the Canadian Forces CF-18 Demo Team and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, for the access during the show weekend.
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