Thursday, 29 September 2016 13:36

Air show at Swift Current Airport, Sept. 28, 2016

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A large crowd enjoyed a dazzling display of flying skills by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and a number of other air acrobatic pilots during an air show at the Swift Current Airport, Sept. 28. This was the first appearance by the Snowbirds at Swift Current since the early 1990s. The Snowbirds started off the air show with a breathtaking display of high speed, precision flying. Thereafter Kyle Fowler from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, took to the air in his kit plane, a Long-EZ, to show off his flying skills in a craft that was not really designed for air acrobatics. Gene Soucey, one of the most respected and proficient airshow pilots in North America, performed in his highly modified Grumman Ag Cat bi-plane. Thereafter David and Drew Watson showed off their aerobatic flying skills in their Yellow Thunder Second World War Harvards, which were used at British Commonwealth Air Training Plan airports around Canada, including at Swift Current, to train pilots during the war. Brent Handy, who is a standards and evaluation pilot with the Snowbirds, then gave a display of highly technical and skilful aerobatic flying in his powerful and nimble Pitts S2-B. There was a break in the show until dark, when Gene Soucey returned to the sky for an evening show with pyrotechnics.

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Matthew Liebenberg