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Manitoba Air Show Wows the Crowd
By Nadya Baspaly
July 2016 - On June 4 Manitobans were involved in a truly exciting experience—the return of the Manitoba Air Show!
Snowbirds perform a graceful loop
After nine long years, an entirely new generation of youth was exposed to the whoosh of the CF-18 overhead, the awe-inspiring dance of the Snowbirds, and exhilarating free fall of the Sky Hawks parachute team. The Sky Hawks were even able to perform twice, a sure delight for the ever-swelling crowd at Southport Airfield.
Canadian Forces Sky Hawks after their jump
The sun shone brilliantly all afternoon on everyone in attendance, while sparkling all the while the gentle smoke billows streaked across the sky from Mr. Brent Handy and his Pitts Special. Dr. Anna Serbinenko also delighted crowds with her aerobatic displays.
Brent Handy and his Pitts Special
Anna and Brent were first-time experiences for many of those in attendance.
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Of course with such a gap between the last show and this one, there were many youngsters in attendance who have never even seen an airplane up close before! These young aviation enthusiasts-in-training were able to learn all about flying, thanks to cadres of young Air Cadets who set up shop around the airfield to promote education. The youngsters were also able to build complimentary airplane models thanks to the generous contribution of sponsors.
A young enthusiast explores the world of aviation
The air show brought in a variety of classic cars to the airfield. These beautiful vintage vehicles were located near the vintage aircraft as well, showcasing some of the finest technology available from the early 1900s right up until present day.
Crowds watch in awe at the aerial display
For many, the experience was a truly magical first introduction to the passion of flight.
EAA shared a booth with the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association and Regional Airline Association to inform the public about the pleasure of building aircraft, the Young Eagles program, and the joy of aviation.
Paul Dyck and friends staff the booth