Manitoba to host largest air show province has seen in years
The show, which is scheduled for June at the Southport Airport, will include a team of CF-18s and others
The first air show in the province in more than six years is taking aim at runways outside of Manitoba's Portage la Prairie in the coming months.
The show, which is scheduled for June at the Southport Airport, will include the Snowbirds; a team of CF-18s, the SkyHawks, which is a parachute team, World War II aircraft and others.
Between 5,000 and 10,000 spectators are expected, which means roughly 350 volunteers are needed.
Since the air show hasn't flown through Manitoba since 2009, a number of youth have never seen it said Edwin Ulrich, the show's media director.
"So, people don't know what to expect," he said.
But, Ulrich said the air show is not the only thing to see — there will also be a fashion show, a car show and a display of vintage aircraft.
According to the Ninety-Nines, it is an opportunity for people who attend to gain an education about aviation through interactive displays that explain how an aircraft is weighed and balanced, and how to communicate with flight control. Free flights for students will also be part of the show, although space is limited.
An abundance of space surrounding Southport Airport was a motivating factor in moving the show there from the airport in Winnipeg. During previous air shows in the city, flight demonstrations had to be staggered around commercial flights arriving and departing out of the main terminal.
The only interruption at Southport Airport will be shutting down the nearby golf course, which is southeast of the runway.
Ticket prices start at $10 and children under 12 can attend the show for free.