TORONTO - It’s for the love of aviation.
The 65th annual Canadian International Air Show returns to the CNE this weekend with some of the world’s most powerful and aerobatic planes.
Models from the past and present will heat up the skies over Toronto and the shores of Lake Ontario.
“There is really something here for everyone … and they are going to be louder and faster in the skies,” Jennifer Brown, executive director at the air show, said Thursday.
The C-123 Provider, or the ‘Thunder Pig’ — known for its background as a military heavy-lift aircraft — was one of several air crafts that flew into Pearson airport Sky Service Aviation Thursday to offer a preview of what the crowds will see.
Canada’s “icons of the air,” the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, will also be in flight to excite fans with their high-speed aerial performance and wild aerobatic artistry.
But the most exciting to watch might be the CF 18 Hornet — Canada’s frontline fighter and the only current war aircraft to fly in the show.
“I will fly it just shy of the speed of sound for spectators this weekend,” Capt. Adam Runge said.
This year’s event, running Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1-4 p.m., is also honouring the centennial anniversary of the First World War.
There is a unique nostalgia for veterans, including WWII vet Cyril Weston, 93, to hear the sounds of the planes.
“I was down on the south coast of England and remember the Germans coming in across the south of France and you’d hear the drones as they come in,” Weston said amid the old and new fighter planes Thursday. nto Sun, continues from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Monday, the CNE’s last day.
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