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Riding with the Abbotsford Airshow

Riding with the Abbotsford Airshow

Our publisher, Christine Pilkington, took a ride in a classic red Pitts Special S-2B biplane with the Abbotsford Airshow and Brent Handy of Redline Aerobatics.

Heading to the show? Here are the top kid-friendly activities at the show this weekend:

Instrument panels, buttons and switches

Kids can take a close look into (but maybe not touch) the cockpits of the many aircraft on display. From search and rescue helicopters to heavy lift cargo aircraft to fighter jets to beautiful museum aircraft, fascination results when kids of all ages can explore the inside of these incredible machines and connect how the pilot’s “office” works in the sky.

Airplanes with teeth

Wander the static aircraft display and see if you can find some airplanes with teeth. Nose Art is a decorative painting or design on the front fuselage of an aircraft, and was a historic form of aircraft graffiti. In early years of military aviation, the military never officially sanctioned Nose Art, but unofficially approved it as a morale-booster through individual expression. Today, this artwork serves both as a history lesson and a delight to youngsters!

Autographs from the heroes

That pilot you just saw flying that jet? They’ll be over at the Air Canada Rouge Autograph Booth. Meet them in person, have them sign an autograph for you, get a photo – or even take a selfie! You can also take a tour of the static display aircraft and meet the many pilots and crew of those machines too.

Ice cream, cotton candy, corn dogs, kettle corn and more

What summer photo collection is complete without little airshow goers and giant dripping ice cream cones? With dozens of food trucks and vendors, there are lots of tasty treats to try as a family at Abbotsford International Airshow.

Catch the Twilight Show

The Abbotsford International Airshow Twilight Show is a dynamic display that begins late in the afternoon, through the twilight and into the night-light. Kids will be thrilled by the night atmosphere, glowing hot air balloons and pyrotechnic infused flying. Featuring the thunder of after burning military jets and a dazzling finale of fireworks, the Twilight Show is a perfect option for families – come after nap time, enjoy the cooler evening air, and be dazzled.

See Also

McDonalds Kids Zone

Families will love taking a break from the flying action to visit the McDonalds Kid Zone. With inflatables and games from Par-T-Perfect, kids can bounce away that energy. There’s also colouring and craft stations, temporary tattoos, face painting and a visit by Ronald McDonald himself. Science World On The Road will also be here offering unforgettable science experiences.


2015 Abbotsford Airshow, August 7, 8 and 9
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