2015 Rotary Brantford Air Show

Catching up after a long weekend at the Canadian International Air Show.  Unfortunately I was not permitted to take photos while working but have had a little time to catch up and work on some photos from last week’s air show in Brantford put on by the Rotary.  I worked with the great members of “Red Tail North” to put on a small display for the CAF Red Tail Squadron and assist pilot Bill Shepard who flew the P-51C Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” in the show.

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The Red Tail piloted by Bill Shepard
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Nice top side pass.
Great crowd at the mid-week Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show featuring the P-51C Mustang along with the CAF Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet Demo.
Great crowd at the mid-week Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show featuring the P-51C Mustang along with the CAF Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet Demo.
The Mustang flown by Bill Shepard in formation with the B-25 "Hot Gen" from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Musuem at the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.
The Mustang flown by Bill Shepard in formation with the B-25 “Hot Gen” from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Musuem at the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.
A cast of characters pose with the Mustang at the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.
A cast of characters pose with the Mustang at the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.
The distinctive red tail of the Mustang reflected after a heavy rain that hit the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.  The crowd stayed through the storm and was rewarded by a great afternoon of flying.
The distinctive red tail of the Mustang reflected after a heavy rain that hit the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show. The crowd stayed through the storm and was rewarded by a great afternoon of flying.

#TDIH – February 21

1804 – The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.

1848 – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.

1878 – The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.

1918 – The last Carolina Parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.

1945 – First flight of the Hawker Sea Fury.

Hawker Sea Fury

1948 – NASCAR is incorporated.

1958 – The peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.

1965 – Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.

1974 – Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player dies in a car crash.(b. 1930)

1975 – Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.

1995 – Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

National Sticky Bun Day

 

#TDIH – February 20

Happy Birthday to Clément Gosselin  and Mark Williams

1472 – Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.

1816 – Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.

1877 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer is born. (d. 1984)

1942 – Lieutenant Edward O’Hare becomes America’s first World War II flying ace.

1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

1971 – The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert. Bet that left a mark in a lot of underwear

2003 – During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.

2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author dies.  (b. 1937)

National Handcuff Day

 

 

September 16, 1958 – First Flight North American Sabreliner

Sabreliner at 2011 Rochester Air Show

The North American Sabreliner (later sold as the Rockwell Sabreliner) is a mid-sized business jet developed by North American Aviation. It was offered to the U.S. Air Force in response to their Utility Trainer Experimental (UTX) program. It was named “Sabreliner” due to the similarity of the wing and tail to North American’s F-86 Sabre jet fighter. Military variants, designated T-39 Sabreliner, were used by the U.S Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps after the Air Force placed an initial order in 1959. The Sabreliner was also developed into a commercial variant.

 

(from Wikipedia)

 

Just me and a few thousand of my friends

After huge air shows like Oshkosh and Sun ‘n Fun and large ones like Waterloo and Thunder Over Michigan, it was refreshing to attend the Ontario South Coast Air Show.  A smaller, very friendly event where I knew all the performers and and a good number of the spectators.  A lovely way to spend a Saturday.

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Formation Flying – Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association

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Today In Aviation History – May 17, 1959 – First Public Show RCAF Golden Hawks

 May 17, 1959.  The RCAF Golden Hawks performed for the general public for the first time in Torbay Newfoundland. Led by S/L F. G. “Fern” Villeneuve, the team flew Canadair CF-86 Sabres in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada.

The Golden Hawks thrilled hundreds of thousands of spectators through 1963.  They were disbanded by an official statement from then defence minister Paul Hellyer on February 7, 1964.

Top picture:  Vintage Wings of Canada F-86 Sabre “Hawk One” dedicated to Fern Villeneuve.

Bottom picture: 1961 team photo.  Picture taken at RCAF Museum at CFB Trenton

Information taken from “A Tradition of Excellence” by Dan Dempsey