Pilots float into Cranbrook

Cranbrook is going to get a special high-flying preview of the 2016 Canadian Rockies International Airshow this summer.

Brian Coombs

Kootenay Advertiser


Cranbrook is going to get a special high-flying preview of the 2016 Canadian Rockies International Airshow this summer.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Darrell Garton, event organizer. “You definitely don’t see these kinds of planes every day.”

On July 21, Greg Colyer will be flying his vintage T33 jet over the city. The T33 was used extensively in the Korean War and residents will have the opportunity to see what made this aircraft a force to be reckoned with.

To keep momentum up, two WWII bombers will be on hand at the Canadian Rockies International Airport on July 27. Locals will be familiar with the B25 “Mitchell” bomber that thundered over the city last year. Joining the B25 this year is the truly awe-inspiring B17 “Flying Fortress” bomber.

On August 17, stars from the Discovery Channel TV series “Airshow”  and their planes will be performing aerial stunts, including Stefan Trischuck and “Super Dave” Mathieson. Additionally, the executive producer of Airshow, Mark Miller, a former resident of Cranbrook, will be in attendance this August to film the flyover as part of the television series.

“Yellow Thunder” an aerobatic group that pilots WWII era Harvard aircraft—an airplane known for its maneuverability and training roles—will also be doing a flyby on the 17th, so keep your eyes on the skies on that day.

While this may seem like an airshow on its own, it is only a fundraising teaser in advance of the 2016 airshow. In an effort to raise those funds, sponsors have stepped up and donated some exciting raffle draw prizes including a first prize of two return flights to any WestJet destination; a second prize of one night accommodation and golf for two at St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino; a third prize of $750; a fourth prize of a gift basket valued at $60; and a fifth prize of a family pass to the 2016 Canadian Rockies International Airshow. People can pick up their raffle tickets, or find out information on volunteering by calling Bonnie at 250-426-0840, Deanna at 250-417-9030 or Ryan at 250-581-0481.

So prepare for some thrilling sights in the skies this summer and don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket.

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