International Airshow to fly high in Cranbrook

Vintage jets to fly during Canadian Rockies International Airshow preview

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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 in person.

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 sky 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.

Because of this, generous sponsors have stepped up and donated some truly wonderful raffle draw prizes:

First prize is two return flights to any WestJet destination.

Second prize is one night accommodation and golf for two at St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino.

Third prize is $750 and fourth prize is a gift basket valued at $600.

Fifth prize is 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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