Aviation fans in London didn’t let this weekend’s stormy weather rain on their parade.
More than 22,000 people took in Airshow London which featured the Canadian Snowbirds and a CF-18 Hornet.
Organizers were forced to fit more into Sunday’s itinerary after cancelling Saturday’s performances at the London International Airport due to the rain.
“We know we had well over 22,000 people attend the event. We talked to people from as far as Tennessee and Montreal who came to London to see the show,” says Jim Graham, Chair of Airshow London.
“We didn’t expect folks to be coming from that far away but we’re very pleased they were. We’re also very pleased there were a number of aerospace manufacturers and trade representatives who felt it was important to come to London as well. From a tourist point of view and a destination point of view I think we had a very successful airshow and hopefully from an economic development point of view we’ve demonstrated some interest in London as well.”
Graham says that even with Saturday’s cancellation, the event was a major success. The airshow allowed students from the Schools of Aviation Technology and Public Safety at Fanshawe College to get a chance to hone their skills while also serving as a fundraiser for bursaries for students in those programs as well as supporting the Children’s Hospital and veterans.
“We’ve got a great relationship with the charities we’re going to be working with, we got the veterans out, we got kids from Children’s Hospital out. We were able to accommodate them so that they were able to see something that would be otherwise very difficult for them to get out to. Saw some tears in the veterans’ eyes, saw the crews helping the veterans in and out of their tent and area. Those are the moments that make it worthwhile for all us volunteers.”
Organizers have already started planning for Airshow London 2017 which is scheduled for the first weekend after Labour Day.
With files from Natalie Lovie.