F22F-22 Demo Team

For 2018 you will only have one opportunity to see the world's most advanced fighter jet in Canada, and that's at the Cold Lake Air Show!

The F-22 Raptor is the most sought after Fighter jet display in North America. The displays wows even the most seasoned fighter pilots in the crowd. Maj Paul "Loco" Lopez will display the incredible maneuverability of the Raptor as he puts the aircraft through a series of tail slides, rudder pedals turns, micro loops and moves that seem to defy all aerodynamic laws. With its 70,000 lbs of thrust, the F-22 Raptor display will fly from very low high alpha speeds to near supersonic. This aircraft literally beats the air to submission!

We are thrilled that the United States Air Force Air Combat Command has selected Cold Lake as the only Canadian appearance for the 2018 Cold Lake Air Show season.

The F-22 will be an integral part of our display as we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of NORAD.

DemoJet18CF-18 Demo Team

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Stefan Porteousas the pilot for the 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team.

Captain Stefan Porteous will wow audiences around North America during the 2018 air show season.

For the latest news and photos, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CF18Demo.

2018 Season Theme

The RCAF selects a theme for each year for its CF-18 air demonstration team and 2018 will feature the 60th Anniversary of NORAD.

Throughout the year, NORAD will hold several events aimed at highlighting the importance of honouring the past, guarding the present, and protecting the future.

NORAD is a combined, bi-national military command established by an agreement in 1958 between Canada and the United States to monitor and defend North America. NORAD is supported in Canada by the Canadian NORAD Region (CANR), headquartered in Winnipeg, Man., and the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS) at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario.  CANR maintains CF-18 aircraft on standby at 3 Wing and 4 Wing  along with CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refuellers operating from Winnipeg, in support of the NORAD mission.

"As the Commander of the Canadian NORAD Region, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the important NORAD mission and our important bi-national partnership through the 2018 National CF-18 Demonstration program,” said Major-General Christian Drouin, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region. “The men and women of NORAD work diligently to keep watch over our countries and to protect the air sovereignty of North America. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, no matter what - we have the watch."

 See http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/cf-18-demo-team/index.page for more information.

snowbirdsSnowbirds

The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.

See http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/snowbirds/index.page for more information.

RobHolland2Rob Holland

The Cold Lake Air Show is excited to announce that Rob Holland, one of the most decorated aerobatic pilots in history, will take part in our show this summer. If you want to meet Rob and have the opportunity to see his incredibly aggressive aerobatic style, Cold Lake will be the only place in the prairies where you will have this opportunity.

  • Four-time, consecutive, World 4-minute Freestyle Champion*
  • Seven-time, consecutive, U.S. National Aerobatic Champion*
  • Eight-time, U.S. 4-minute Freestyle Champion*
  • 2015 World Air Games Freestyle Gold Medalist
  • 2012 Art Scholl Award for Showmanship Recipient
  • 2008 World Advanced Aerobatic Champion
  • Seven-time U.S. Aerobatic Team Member
  • 24 Medals in International Competition (11 Gold)

    *Only pilot in history to accomplish

TeamRocketTeam Rocket

Ken Fowler

Ken grew up in British Columbia and started his aviation career by first earning his glider license in 1977. In 1978 he joined the Canadian Military as an airframe technician and worked on T-33's, CF-101 Voodoos, and CF-18's before becoming a flight engineer in 1988.

Ken has built several of his own aircraft, and is now building a jet of his own design. To date he has over 7500 hours of flying experience as a airline transport pilot and flight engineer. Ken served in two theaters of war, Central America and the Middle East. After retirement from the military on May 15/98 with 20 years of service he took over as the Airport Manager at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. During his last five years with the military he toured the air show circuit with the Skyhawk Parachute Team as one of the crew members of the Buffalo aircraft. Ken has flown airshows from coast to coast, and can be seen throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America.

Eric Hansen

Eric comes from a flying family, having been introduced to aviation at an early age by his father, a commercial helicopter pilot. Eric remembers flying, at the controls, long before he was tall enough to reach the rudder pedals (he had a little help in the turns from his father). Now Eric is carrying on the tradition with his son age 13 teaching him to fly from an early age. A pilot for 32 years, Eric has over 7000 hours in a variety of aircraft, over 50 different types at last count.

When he’s not flying, Eric resides in Cold Lake Alberta where he is a full time dentist as well as a CFI and aerobatic flight instructor. Eric owns a number of airplanes and is very generous when it comes to getting young pilots up flying. He is also an experienced competition pilot. Flying as the other half of Team Rocket Eric can be seen at airshows throughout Canada, U.S. , Mexico and Central America. This year is Team Rockets 16th season flying as a team.

F22 HeritageUSAF Heritage Flight Foundation

The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation celebrates U.S. air power history by providing 40–60 annual Heritage Flight demonstrations around the world. Heritage Flights are flown at events ranging from open houses and air shows to sporting events, parades and funerals. Since its inception in 1997, the Heritage Flight program has supported hundreds of events and touched millions of people. The team currently consists of 10 civilian pilots qualified to fly vintage warbirds in formation with modern Air Force single-ship demonstration teams and F-4 pilots. In 2018 those civilian airmen will fly historic aircraft alongside the Air Force's A-10, F-16, F-22 and F-35 pilots.

Heritage Flights seek to honor the contributions of every man and woman who has served in the USAF while educating the general public on the importance of the U.S. Air Force and its mission.

Come experience a Heritage flight and witness these dramatic displays of our nation’s air power history at the Cold Lake Air Show.

acemakerAce Maker

A native Californian, Gregory "Wired" Colyer took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 with Dr. Lee Schaller out of the Schellville airport in Sonoma, California. Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost 3 decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the US Army from 1982-1987.

Since leaving the service he has been employed by the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at Oakland ARTCC. His passion for the cockpit never left him as he continued to fly as a hobby, and an occasional airshow flying a Beech T-34 Mentor, until he imported a Russian L-29 Delfin Jet in 2003.

After flying with his friend Kay Eckhart, in one of Kay's Lockheed T-33s in 2007, Greg set his sights on an upgrade to the U.S. Air Force's first operational jet and a real piece of U.S. aviation history. Acquiring a T-33 and naming it Ace Maker in 2008, he then founding the nonprofit (501c-3) T-33 Heritage Foundation to help in the preservation of the type.

He holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single and multi-engine ratings, as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor. Greg is type rated in Aero Vodochody's L-29 Delfin, L-39 Albatros and the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. A level I Aerobatic low level card and FAST lead formation card round out his qualifications.

Greg stays in shape for flying high performance aircraft by competitive cycling with the Taleo cycling team and an occasional Ironman Triathlon.

Greg would like to acknowledge and give a very special thanks to ACE Wayne Handley and Randy Howell of the Patriot Jet team for their coaching, advice, and support.

See http://www.acemaker33.com/ for more information.

smokenthunderSmoke-N-Thunder

If you are looking for a ground shaking, heart pounding performance look no further than the Hot Streak II JetTruck. Hot Streak II is a twin jet engine 57 Chevy Pickup capable of speeds of 350+MPH entertaining fans across the country for over 20 years. 

The Cold Lake Air Show is pleased to bring the Smoke-N-Thunder team back again this year to feature this truck!

See http://www.smoke-n-thunder.com/index for more information.

skyhawksSkyHawks

The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team. For over 40 years, we have represented Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to over 75 million spectators worldwide under our signature Canadian flag parachutes.

Bringing our parachutes in close proximity to build formations in the sky, the team puts on a spectacular show. Performing these aerobatic parachute formations requires a high level of skill and courage; and is known as Canopy Relative Work.

Supported by the Canadian Army, the SkyHawks are based out of Trenton, Ontario, at the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre. There, they train alongside soldiers who help defend our territory and sovereignty through a wide variety of domestic and overseas missions. From both Regular and Reserve Forces, the team members are from various occupations of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and bring a wide range of experience to their performances.

It is with great pride that we continue to showcase the professionalism, dedication and teamwork it takes to be part of Canada’s military.

See http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/skyhawks/index.page for more information.

C 177CC-177 Globemaster

The Cold Lake Air Show is pleased to have this air display for the 2018 show. Here's a little info about the Globemaster.

Top Speed: 829km/h
Range: 10,390km
Wingspan: 51.74m
Length: 53.04m
Crew: 3

With a long-standing need of strategic airlifting for humanitarian and military operations, the CC-177 (or C-17) Globemaster has been able to fill that role. With its 4 turbojet engines it is able to generate over 18,000 kilograms of thrust, allowing to remain rapid, reliable, and strategic in its operations. This power can allow the aircraft to transport 3 Griffon helicopters, 1 Leopard II tank, or up to 102 paratroopers.

After the delivery of Canada’s 5 C-17’s in 2007, they have engaged in operations such as relief to Jamaica after Hurricane Dean, and recovery missions in Haiti in 2010. The Globemaster has also taken place in missions as recent as OP REASSURANCE and OP IMPACT.

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