Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Team
The CF-18 Demo Team personifies the excellence required to keep the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) among the best aviation organizations on the planet. The expertise and dedication required by the team, from the pilot to the maintenance crews to the coordinators, reflects the professionalism of all of Canada’s airmen and airwomen.
431 Air Demonstration Squadrons Snowbirds
The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces.
The only two-ship aerobatic team of it’s kind with Eric Hansen in the F1 Rocket and Ken Fowler in the Harmon Rocket. Precision, speed, and high performance at it’s best!
Jerzy Strzyz is a ruthlessly meticulous pilot from Poland who proudly calls Canada home. He has brought with him a standard in competitive aerobatics to motivate the entire aerobatic community. Not only does he wow the masses at airshows, he also competes in aerobatics at the Unlimited Level and was the Canadian National Champion in 2004.
Beginning his Air Show career in 2000 with a Pitts Special – Jim has flown over 50 shows across Canada. He was the Canadian National Intermediate Aerobatic Champion in 2004.
Mr. Ron Andrew is a resident of Lacombe, Alberta and is married to a wonderfully supportive wife, Janice. When he said at the age of 50 that he would fly aerobatics, her support, along with that of his three grown children, helped to fuel the fire that became Blender Airshows.
Flying has been a major part of Bud Granley’s life since he was 9 years old. Bud joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1956 after earning his wings with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet scholarship. He flew the F-86 Sabre and instructed in the T-6 Harvard. After leaving the Royal Canadian Air Force, Bud moved to Bellevue were he flew for United Airlines until retiring in 1997.
With flying in his blood, Ross Granley, Bud’s son, joined the Canadian Air Force in 1985. He received his wings in 1987, then instructed in the Canadair CT-114 Tutor aircraft and was later selected as #2 for the Canadian Snowbird’s 1990 and 1991 team (he was Snowbird #2 and that is why you’ll see a “2″ on the tail of his plane.
After his tour with the Snowbirds, Ross moved on to fly fighters, where he would earn top honors in basic and advanced fighter pilot training in the CF-5 and CF-18. He flew three years in the CF-18 with the 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron. In 1996, he was selected as a team member for Canada’s participation in the William Tell Air Combat Competition, sweeping the competition in nearly all categories.
In 1997, Ross, wife Shari, and son Gregory transitioned to civilian life. They moved to Everett, Washington where Ross began his time flying a Boeing 757/767 for United Air Lines.
Ed McDonald is the owner and operator of this beautifull Aero Vodochody L-39ZA Albatros, which is based at St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. This Beautiful aircraft will be on display Sunday July 29th only. Don’t miss it!
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is proud to display this and many other beautifully restored military vehicles. The MVPA is a non-profit association of members dedicated to restoring military vehicles and educating the public on our rich history.
Jonas Boll will have two of his Pipistrel Virus Short Wing aircraft on display.
The Virus SW is a two time N.A.S.A. Champion, deemed the safest handling and most fuel efficient light aircraft in the world by N.A.S.A.
On display both days.