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Air show ready for takeoff

Vincent Ball

By Vincent Ball, Brantford Expositor

Al Mickeloff has some advice for those planning to attend the Community Air Show at the Brantford Municipal Airport on Wednesday.
Get there early.
“The weather is looking pretty good and if it holds, we’ll likely crack the 10,000 mark in terms of attendance,” said Mickeloff, a spokesman for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. “With those kinds of numbers, people really should plan to get there early.
“The show starts at 2 p.m. and you really don’t want to be showing up at 1:45 p.m. if you want to get in right away.”
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is co-producing this year’s air show with the Rotary Club of Brantford. The partnership allows the museum to bring in some air show expertise to help support the work of volunteers provided by Rotary.
“We’ve developed some expertise by doing the Hamilton Air Show over the years and we’re pleased to be able to come to Brantford and support Rotary and all of their efforts,” Mickeloff said. “It’s still their show and we’re here to help.”
Mickeloff thinks the event’s highlight will be the CF-18 demo, piloted by Capt. Matthew “Glib” Kutryk.
“It has been decked out in the red and white to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday and it really looks great,” Mickeloff said. “The line-up for this year’s show is terrific but I think people will be really impressed with the CF-18 demo.
“We have a lot of Canadian forces participation in this year’s show, as well as a lot of local involvement.”
The Avro Lancaster will make its only air show appearance of the season in Brantford. It is sporting a 2017 temporary scheme to commemorate Canada’s 150th on one side of the aircraft as KB700, the ‘Ruhr Express,” - Canada’s first-built Lancaster.
The air show line-up also includes a North American B-25 Mitchell, a Consolidated PBY Canso, a Douglas DC-3 Dakota and a Yak-50, a Russian-built aircraft.
Members of the Hamilton Sport Parachute Club will jump from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s DC-3 Dakota.
Local participation includes Danny Richer, of Brantford, who will have two planes in the show – a BAC Strikemaster and a North American T-28 Trojan.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds arrived in Brantford on Tuesday afternoon and they will be the final act again this year. The pilots participated in a fund-raising dinner on Tuesday night in the Brant Aero building and an autograph session is planned prior to the Snowbirds appearance on Wednesday.
In addition to the aerial performances, visitors will have a chance to see numerous planes on the grounds at the airport throughout the afternoon. Food vendors will also be on site.
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