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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Air Show at CFB Borden

CFB Borden | by Ian MacLennan  

Snowbirds, C-F 18 Hornet, historic aircraft as base celebrates 100 years.

An eye to the sky weekend.

The Canadian Armed Forces Day and Air Show is taking place at CFB Borden Saturday and Sunday.

As this is the 100th anniversary of the base,  there will be a historic flavour to the air show.

Besides the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the CF-18 Hornet, there will also be aircraft from the 30's, 40's and 50's.

Retired Major Rick Kurtzer says you won't just be looking up if you go.

There are numerous ground displays run by the nine military schools such as aircraft displays, a forward operating base, a kiddie commando course, military police displays,  medical treatment sections and a field chapel.

Kurtzer says many people have heard of Base Borden, but many have not visited, so there is a lot of a mystique.

He says by bringing the public to Borden, having them interact with the men and women of the Canadian Forces, it helps dispel some of that mystique.

Kurtzer adds that the soldiers, airmen and sailors are very proud of what they do and they like to tell the public about what their tasks are and how they are employed in the service of Canada.

Gates open 9 AM -- rain or shine -- with the air show set to take off at 1 PM each day,  with flexibility built in because of weather.

The CF-18 and Snowbirds will use the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport in Oro-Medonte as their home base during the weekend, so even if you don't get to the air show,  you might see the planes take off and land.

Air show info:  http://www.bordenairshow.ca/

 

 


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