I’m sitting at my computer in my cave of an office and I start hearing this plane engine getting louder and louder. It’s not only close, it’s overhead. And then the engine cuts out.

Oh. Crap.

I live really close to the local airport. And yes, crashes have been known to happen in the neighbourhood – one just a few blocks to the east where a plane ‘landed’ in the second storey of a house while the people were in their bedroom asleep – though there were some major injuries everyone survived. Another a couple blocks to the north – that pilot steered his plane into a construction area away from homes – very heroic because he stayed with the plane ensuring it didn’t hurt anyone at the cost of his life.

Then the engine starts up and the plane buzzes over head, circles and does it again. I realize the plane I was hearing was doing aerobatics.

Oh, yeah. It’s June – the Canadian Aviation Expo is in town again. For the next three days our neighbourhood pulls up their lawn chairs (or climb on their roofs) and watch the air show for free. We’ll watch an assortment of older prop planes from World War II like Spitfires and Harvards doing stunts and mock dog fights. Gliders and ultralights. Sail planes. Sometimes the Snowbirds have zoomed right over my house. (For you Americans, think Blue Angels). The pictures I’ve added here are of the Harvards – although the camera doesn’t show it, they’re actually a bright yellow. (I was shooting into the sun – even though it looks really cloudy in one picture, it is actually a lovely sunny day here.)

Three hours of free entertainment. Cool.

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  • June 20, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    That is so cool! I have to drive at least 5 hours to the closest air show. Enjoy!

  • June 20, 2008 at 5:38 pm


    London used to have one, but not anymore.

    We also used to have a hot air balloon festival. Not anymore.

    I miss the hot air balloons, used to sit outside and watch Felix the cat and Godzilla go by.

  • June 21, 2008 at 11:55 am

    When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to be a Snow Bird when I grew up. AND fly over the Bermuda Triangle (yes, it’s true!)
    Well — I accomplished the Bermuda Triangle part, just didn’t fly their myself.

    I did meet the Snowbirds while working for a hotel in Thunder Bay. They were very cool guys. And VERY short. All of them.

  • June 22, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Amy, it’s really neat to see them so ‘up close’. I imagine more and more air shows will be cancelled considering the high price of fuel. And some neighbourhoods have objected to having jets zooming so close overhead too.

    The hot air balloon festival sounds neat – that would be so pretty.

    Wylie: my kids have met the Snowbirds, one of them (now dead) was from one town over and was an alumni from Guitar Hero’s air cadet squadron. I blogged about him last year I believe.

  • June 22, 2008 at 8:28 am

    How cool!

    I spent several years of my childhood at Nellis AFB outside of Las Vegas, so we had the Thunderbirds flying around all the time, along with the numerous other fighter jets in and out of there. To this day, I still miss the sound of those jets flying overhead.

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