Heritage Flypast

This Heritage Flypast will Precede our main performance on Saturday and Sunday, and wil feature classic privately owned aircraft from our area. These classic aircraft will begin flying around noon prior to the show, so get there early!

Heritage aircraft confirmed:

Kelly D Biplane (Tom Hendircks);
Eagle XL Hang glider (Tim Cramb);
1946 Erco Ercoupe EuroCoup (Bob Pionteck);
Pietenpol (Wayne Tokarz);
Taylorcraft (Donna Gauthier); and,
Beech 23 Sundowner (Cliff Conrad).

Classic Cold Lake photographs courtesy of the Remi Lirette collection.



Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) Flypast

In the waning years of the 20th century, AETE sought the design and implementation of a special paint scheme, or ‘livery’, to be applied to 4 of its fleet aircraft. Reminiscent of the RAF test establishments unique liveries, these designs were developed to have a Canadian identity utilizing AETE colours and graphics.

Jim Belliveau and Sergeant Kevin Griffin developed the designs, and together with Crew Chief Corporal Brent Johnston, the schemes were applied over a two year program.

The four aircraft chosen for the scheme were a CF-18 dual number 907, a CT-144 Tutor, a CH-146 Griffon helicopter and the CT-133 T-bird (since retired).

The stark white base with red and black motifs were used to create a high contrast background for air to air photography and aerial monitoring of test components and armament.


The Golden Centennaire

The Golden Centennaire paint scheme was originally designed by Geoff Bennett in 1967 to celebrate our nation’s centenary. The 9 ship team was based out of CFB Trenton, and performed that summer at air shows across North America. The tremendous reception they received may have well paved the way for the Snowbirds.

The gold, blue white and red base were the base of inspiration for the design of the CF-18 Century Hornet.



Bud Granley has performed airshows for 47 years. He was awarded the Art Scholl Showmanship award in 2005, and the Bill Barber Showmanship award in 2008.

The T-6 show starts with a snaproll on takeoff. Unbelievable to those who have seen it many times.



Pitts Special S2S

The excitement starts right from the word go---with a half - roll on takeoff into a very low inverted pass. During his 13 minute precision performance, Bill smoothly executes tailslides, loops, multiple snap rolls, hammerheads and a mile long, low-level, knife-edge pass.

Of course there are the Bill Carter trademarks----both inverted and knife-edge ribbon cuts! Bill keeps the performance right in front of the crowd at all times. The excellent smoke system, announcing and music provide great visibility and excitement-----making this a show act everyone loves. Bill also visits malls, schools or hospitals and is always available for autographs after his performance.

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KC-130 Hercules

The CC-130 Hercules transport aircraft has been in service with the Canadian Forces in southwest Asia since January 2002, when three Hercules deployed to the Persian Gulf with flight crews and ground staff as the Tactical Airlift Detachment. By the end of Operation APOLLO, in October 2003, these aircraft had transported some 6,000 passengers and more than 6.8 million kilograms (about 15 million pounds) of freight to destinations in the theatre of operations, including Afghanistan. On Operation ATHENA, the CC-130 Hercules continues to operate with the Tactical Airlift Unit, part of the Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) Air Wing. The Hercules is a mainstay of NATO airlift in Afghanistan.

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1946 Taylorcraft - Warren Pietsch

In 1980, Warren Pietsch began to modify his 1946 Taylorcraft, reducing the wingspan 14 feet to become a Clipped-Wing Taylorcraft! He flies an aerobatic routine that is quick, precise and up close. Warren also flies high-energy aerobatics in a home built we call a Schnortenzummer@. The acts have a combination of classic and gyroscopic aerobatic maneuvers. Both acts will demand your attention and leave the crowd wanting more!!

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1942 Interstate Cadet Kent Pietsch

Kent Pietsch fell in love with flying when he was four years old. Five decades later, his passion has not waned. 
Since 1973 Kent has performed his incredible aerobatic routines for millions of people at more than 400 shows that have taken him to quality venues throughout the United States. During the 1990s, the airshow industry attracted more fans than the National Football League! More, in fact, than any sport other than NASCAR.
Kent grew up in Minot, North Dakota, where his father operated one of the first Mooney Aircraft dealerships in the nation. “When I was in 4th grade, I started to realize how much I loved flying,” Kent said. “Every day after school, I’d find a way to get to the airport. I’d do whatever I had to do to hitch a ride.”

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CT-155 Hawk 4 Ship

The CT-155 Hawk was selected for the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program because of its similarities to frontline fighter aircraft. Student pilots graduate from the CT-156 Harvard II to this highly advanced jet trainer. Its Rolls-Royce turbofan engine generates more than 6000 lbs of thrust and powers the jet to supersonic speeds.

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Air Tractors - Alberta Forestry

This airtanker type first came into service in Alberta, during the 2004 fire season. Alberta currently has 3-AT802 (amphibious) as a single airtanker group serving commencing during 2005 fire season. This airtanker can either deliver long term or short term fire retardant. This airtanker requires a 1 mile long /5 feet depth of a lake while skimming. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Forestry Division.


161 mph (140 knots) Cruise
115 mph (100 knots)Drop

Length  35 feet 8 inches 
Wingspan  58 feet 
Height  11 feet 
Retardant Capacity -

(Constant Flow Tank Design)  460-540 gallons or 2070 to 2430 litres Foam tank-75 gallons or 30 litres
Single engine turbo prop

Pratt & Whitney (PT6-67R)  1424 HP/engine
Operational Endurance  4.0 hrs 


CH-146 Griffin

No matter where their duties take them, the men and women of the Canadian Forces know they can rely on the CH-146 Griffon to get them there—and back—safely. From rescuing civilians in the high Arctic to airlifting supplies in Kosovo, Canada’s Utility Transport Tactical Helicopter (UTTH) has served faithfully.

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Team Rocket

A two ship combination with Eric Hansen in the F1 Rocket, and Ken Fowler in the Harmon Rocket II. Precision, speed, and high performance aerobatics at it's best....a spectacular show that will bring the crowd to their feet.

Ken and Eric have been performing together in formation for 5 years. As a team they are dynamic and fast. They are the only team of this aircraft type, in the Air Show industry.

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Dan Buchanan

Dan was a New England home builder and flat-track motorcycle racer, and enjoyed the thrill of flying off mountain tops, when in 1981, he paralyzed his legs trying to land in stormy weather. Losing his ability to walk, he returned to college to pursue a career in mechanical engineering and worked in Silicon Valley, CA.

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The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.


Hawk One

Resurrect - Celebrate – Motivate

In 2007, a team of aviation enthusiasts largely from an Air Force background came together with the inspirational idea of offering to Canadians a tangible platform to help commemorate 100 years of Canadian aviation history. The project involved the resurrection of a Canadair F-86 Sabre 5 jet fighter in the colours of the legendary RCAF Golden Hawks. It was flown across the country in 2009 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada.


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