London’s first airshow in over a decade takes to the skies Friday.
Around 25,000 people from across Southwestern Ontario are expected to attend AirShow London, which runs through the weekend at the London International Airport.
The “Hour of Power” kicks off the high-flying festivities at 5p.m. afternoon featuring the Snowbirds’ CT-114 Tutors, a CF-18 jet, and an F-22 Raptor.
Mahalia Frost with the US Air Force is part of the Raptor crew, and tells AM980 nothing can compare to seeing the aircraft perform live.
“When folks see our amazing jet up close, especially for the first time, you see mouths drop,” Frost said. “You see them in awe, you see them when the jet is performing heads are held up high watching in, and they’re in the zone, focusing on the jet.”
Mayor Matt Brown is encouraging visitors to check out the ground displays, where they can meet the pilots and crew members, and learn more about the aircraft as well as London’s defense and aerospace industries.
“It’s showcasing aviation, and also showcasing the kinds of technology that we have right here in London, something that we should all be very proud of,” said Mayor Brown.
He was thrilled to see the event return to the Forest City.
“I think it’s a symbol that London is getting back on top,” said Brown. “I think it’s a symbol that really demonstrates that we’re seeing improvements in our community each and every day, and it will be the fourth largest event of it’s kind across Canada.”
AirShow London runs through Sunday. For more information, visit their website.