Warbirds and Airshows
By David D Jackson

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 2012 Airshows
Titusville (Tico), FL   Urbana, OH B-25 Gathering   B-25 Fly-Over at Doolittle Reunion, Dayton, OH   MCAS Cherry Point, NC   Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC   Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO   Boeing Field, Seattle, WA   Kokomo Air Show, Kokomo, IN   CWH Airshow, Hamilton ON   Indianapolis Air Show, Greenfield, IN   Indianapolis Executive B-17 Texas Raiders   Thunder over Michigan, Belleville, MI   Gratiot Community Airshow, Alma, MI   Marion Fly-In/Drive-In, Marion, IN   Fort Wayne Air Show, Fort Wayne, IN   Waukegan, IL   Glendale Airport, Kokomo, IN   Indianapolis Regional Airport, IN   Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport, IN

Hamilton Canadian Warplane Heritage Airshow Warbird Photo Review
Warbirds at Hamilton Airport, Hamilton, ON- June16-17, 2012 (Photos taken Saturday June 16.)  

  This was the second show in the rebirth of the Hamilton Airshow in Ontario sponsored by the Canadian Warplane Heritage. The show, if it continues its focus on featuring warbirds as it has the first two years, does have the potential of being one of the better warbird shows in North America.  The operative word here is "potential" as the show, while doing an excellent job of acquiring the product side of the equation, is still lacking on the presentation side.  This year's product included the B-29 among the other great warbirds shown below.  However, from the presentation viewpoint, many of these great aircraft were not showcased properly and did not give enough passes.  Airshow rule of thumb is that the number of passes should be a minimum of three and a maximum of five to include high speed and photo or banana passes.  (Actually, from my standpoint, the maximum can be unlimited but one can get too much of a good thing!)  Many of warbirds did not get the required amount of passes to the detriment of the airshow spectator.  Once the CWH figures out that presentation is just as important as product, this will become must see event for the warbird enthusiast.  It is not there yet.  The show also needs to re-examine the policy it introduced this year of making the hot ramp an extra charge.  This was not well received by many of the patrons at the show.


The restoration on the Canadian Warplane Heritage's DeHavilland CS2F-2 Tracker is coming along in fine shape, with the Number 2 engine having been replaced since the 2011 airshow. In the next year the Number 1 engine will also be replaced, setting the stage for its return to flight.


 


This Tiger Moth was one of the several great trainers that did a fly-by or two.  All of the trainer photos were made on take-off.


The Royal Canadian Air Force purchased 300 Boeing Stearman aircraft for its training program.  However, they did not arrive with the required canopies and were traded for Fairchild PT-26s which had the enclosed cockpits.  The cold weather in Canada required the canopies.


The Fleet Finch.  All RCAF training aircraft were painted yellow, unlike the practice in the US which had no standard color.


This Fleet Fort is the only one that is currently flying.


The CWH B-25 on the take off.  The next group of photos up to the flag jumps are again made during take-off as this was the best time to photograph the aircraft.


The rare Fairey Firefly, one of only two flying in North America.


Lysander.


The CWH Canso.  


What a trooper!! This Dakota owned and operated by the CWH has 82,000 hours on the airframe and has 12million air miles to date. 


The Twin Beech is taking up the jumpers.


One thing I have noticed at all of the Canadian shows I have been to is that they all play not only the Canadian National Anthem, but the Star Spangled Banner also.  A very nice touch!!  Several US airshows along the Canadian border could learn something from this.


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A loose formation.  While the Lancaster and B-25 flew later in the day and got some time in front of the crowd, the Firefly did not get an individual passes for the crowd which was a disappointment.




The photo pit was at the east end of the field, while I was at the west end.  Although the photo pit gives an unrestricted view I prefer photos like this with the crowd in the foreground which allows some perspective of the aircraft in relation to the ground and the spectators.


The FG-1D is owned and operated by Vintage Wings of Canada.


This Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk is also owned by Vintage Wings.


As is this Mustang IV.


Along with the Canadair built Sabre.


Nice formation of Vintage Wings of Canada Warbirds.


 


The Sabre did a nice aerobatic routine while the Corsair went into a hold pattern and the remaining three aircraft landed.



The FG-1D from Vintage Wings of Canada then did fine aerobatic routine.


One of the unexpected surprises and highpoints of the show was the demo by the Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora.






The pilot did a wing wag on final approach to his landing.  Great Demo!!!


We did get several fly-bys by the CAF SB2C and the TBM from the Military Aviation Museum.


Interestingly enough, it turns out that 18% of the total Helldivers built in WWII were built in Canada, with 13% (832) being built by Canadian Car and Foundry as the SBW in what was at the time Fort William (Now Thunder Bay) Ontario, and 5% (300) by Fairchild in Montreal, Quebec as the SBF.  Many of these Canadian built aircraft did get into service with the US Navy during the war, including the sinking of the Japanese battleship Yamato.


The Canadian Harvard Formation Team put on its normal great aerobatic routine.

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This was Matt Younkin's first appearance in Canada, and as usual, he burned up the skies in the Twin Beech.  While considered a civilian aerobatic act, in essence it is also a warbird act, due to the fact the twin Beeches were used by several Allied military services.  All Matt has to do to make it into a warbird routine is repaint the aircraft into WWII colors.


If I only had funding for one aerobatic routine at an airshow, this would be it.  Matt keeps the aircraft low and fast with lots of smoke while the twin radials make plenty of good round engine sounds.  Most of the time it sounds like Matt is at full throttle and when turning around in the "end zones", he can still be seen quite easily, due the size of the aircraft.


Matt coming full bore down the show line!!


A very loose formation of four bombers and a fighter.  Bomber pilots are not usually formation qualified so they are really not in formation.  B-29, Lancaster, B-25, B-17 and P-51.


The air boss finally put some aircraft in a race track pattern behind the crowd giving us some opportunity to see this group of aircraft up close.


B-29 Fifi.


Lancaster.


B-25 Hot Gen.


B-17 Chuckie.


P-51.


A loose two ship formation of the Lancaster and B-29.


The sun was starting to reappear as the Lancaster made one of its signature low passes.


It is always amusing to hear the Canadian airshow narrators say that the Lancaster is the most famous bomber of WWII.  Well, this really depends on which side of the US-Canadian border one is standing, as it is all based on one's frame of reference.  In Canada and Great Britain, the Lancaster is the most famous bomber of WWII, while in the US, it is probably the B-17.  But this is what I like about Canadian air shows, as diversity is good, and learning about Canadian history and aircraft is always great. 

Titusville (Tico), FL   Urbana, OH B-25 Gathering   B-25 Fly-Over at Doolittle Reunion, Dayton, OH   MCAS Cherry Point, NC   Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC   Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO   Boeing Field, Seattle, WA   Kokomo Air Show, Kokomo, IN   CWH Airshow, Hamilton ON   Indianapolis Air Show, Greenfield, IN   Indianapolis Executive B-17 Texas Raiders   Thunder over Michigan, Belleville, MI   Gratiot Community Airshow, Alma, MI   Marion Fly-In/Drive-In, Marion, IN   Fort Wayne Air Show, Fort Wayne, IN   Waukegan, IL   Glendale Airport, Kokomo, IN   Indianapolis Regional Airport, IN   Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport, IN
 

 


 
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