Canadian Snowbirds coming to Kentucky air show

U.S. airmen from the 415th Special Operations Squadron stand on top of a C-130 Hercules to watch the Royal Canadian Forces Snowbirds perform July 24, 2015, in Lethbridge, Alberta province, Canada.


By KEITH LAWRENCE | Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. | Published: February 6, 2016

OWENSBORO, Ky. (Tribune News Service) — The Canadians are coming.

Tim Ross, the city's public events director, said securing a performance by the nine-jet Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds demonstration team was so important that the city will move its fifth annual Owensboro Air Show back a month to Sept. 30-Oct. 2 this year.

"We've been trying to get them for a couple of years," he said. "The planes are a little bit smaller than the F-16s the (U.S. Air Force) Thunderbirds used last year. But there are nine jets flying in formation. And they're very impressive."

Last year's air show drew an estimated 50,000 people to the Owensboro riverfront over the weekend.

Ross said the city will again celebrate Bridge Day during the air show, with the Glover H. Cary Bridge downtown closed during the morning hours of Oct. 1 so people can walk across the bridge to Indiana and back.

The Red Tail Squadron, a fully restored WWII-era P-51C Mustang, is also scheduled to perform.

The plane was the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen, black aviators who made their mark in World War II, shooting down 260 enemy aircraft.

The Red Tail Squadron will also show an original film, "Rise Above," about the Airmen on a "160-degree panoramic screen in a 30-seat temperature-controlled movie theater," while it's in town.

Ross said the city is hoping to get one or two of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen to visit as well.

The Aeroshell Demonstration Team has been performing for more than 25 years in AT-6 Texans, the planes used to train airmen in World War II.

They'll be in the air show's lineup this year too.

"They're an icon," Ross said. "Those planes have a unique sound. We've been trying for years to get them too."

And the U.S. Navy is bringing its F/A-18 Hornet Demo to the air show. The Navy says the Hornet is the fighter plane used by the Blue Angels.

Ross said more aerobatic performers will be announced later, probably by mid-March.


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