“There’s no better sound than bagpipes and jet engines.”
Those were the words from Airshow London Executive Director Jim Graham as the event took off at the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology at Fanshawe College’s hangar near the London International Airport.
The City of London Air Cadets Pipes and Drums Band played to welcome the one hundred or so guests that filled the hangar, usually reserved for students.
Military veterans who sat in the front row were honoured and welcomed by speakers including Graham, Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin, and Mayor Matt Brown.
Shortly after, the show began.
East enders and those that showed up early were treated to a teaser Friday evening during the “Hour of Power,” which featured a trio of F-18’s and the Canadian Snowbirds.
— Tom Fraser (@thomfraser) September 16, 2016
For the first time in more than a decade, London has a show that aviation enthusiasts can call their own.
President of the 427 London Wing Rene MacKinnon said he’s glad the event has returned.
“If you love aviation, high flight, people are just here because they love it,” he said. “It’s going to draw an awful lot of traffic here, people interested in aviation will probably come from the United States and Canada to participate.”
An estimated 25,000 people are expected to take in the show over the weekend.
Officials have said they’d like to focus on a family friendly event, and one that inspires children to be interested in planes, flight, and technology.
For Joe Ireton of Bradford, it was an easy decision to try to get his daughter to be a fan.
“I have a good excuse, I say that I’m bringing her, but I’m really bringing myself and she’s coming along for the ride.”
The self-professed “geek” for the airshow said he never gets sick of the noise or seeing the static displays.
“I went to St. Thomas, (I) came down because this lineup is probably one of the best in North America,” he said.
Saturday and Sunday boast identical schedules:
7:00 a.m. – Photo Tour Opens
9:00 a.m. – Gates & Static Display Open
12:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
1:00 p.m. – Full Airshow London
4:30 p.m. – Show Concludes
6:00 p.m. – Show Park Closes
Tickets are still available on the Airshow London website.