Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Comox Air Show Confirmed for 2013

After a seven-year absence, the Comox Air Show is being revived to celebrate 70 years of Air Force history in Comox.

It will take place on August 17, 2013, with an Armed Forces Day (ADF) and Air Show, featuring military and civilian aircraft and performers from across North America.

Local residents are accustomed to seeing the Snowbirds and CF-18's practicing their tricks, but now the Comox Valley can look forward to the full demonstrations from both, as well as the Skyhawks parachute team. There will also be plenty of static aircraft to tour, as well as comprehensive displays from the Army and Royal Canadian Navy.

"Based on previous years' attendance, conservative estimates indicate that approximately 30,000 spectators will take in the sights," said 2013 Director, Major Dwayne Kerr. "We intend to present the region with an amazing and memorable Air Show."

19 Wing Base Commander, Colonel Jim Benninger, says the event is certain to attract visitors from across Vancouver Island and be a a true highlight of the summer.

"Interest in a renewed Air Show in Comox has been on a seady increase throughout northern Vancouver Island," said Col. Benninger. "The objective of this AFD/Air Show is to thank our surrounding communities for the support they give to our service members and their families year-round."

"The rich history of 19 Wing Comox began in 1942 when the Royal Air Force began construction of our air base to protect the Pacific coastline and train air crews for service during World War II," explained Maj. Kerr. "On June 12th, 1954, roughly 20,000 people attended the first ever Air Force Day and Air Show at Comox... The 2013 Air Show aims to continue this tradition."

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