Cold Lake Air Show 2022

Aerial Performers

F-22 Raptor Demo Team

The F-22 Raptor Demo Team is an American flight demonstration team stationed at the home of Air Combat Command (ACC) at Langley AFB in Hampton, VA.  The team flies the USAF’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor at air shows around the globe, performing air maneuvers that demonstrate the super maneuverability of the F-22.  These demonstrations include the power loop, split, and tail slide, as well as a high speed pass and dedication pass.  These maneuvers are based on those designed for combat operations, but are performed at much lower altitudes than most pilots are certified to fly at.

read more

The F-22 Raptor is the United States Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

The F-22 engines produce more thrust than any current fighter engine. The combination of sleek aerodynamic design and increased thrust allows the F-22 to cruise at supersonic airspeeds (greater than 1.5 Mach) without using afterburner — a characteristic known as supercruise. Supercruise greatly expands the F-22 ‘s operating envelope in both speed and range over current fighters, which must use fuel-consuming afterburner to operate at supersonic speeds.

The sophisticated F-22 aerodesign, advanced flight controls, thrust vectoring, and high thrust-to-weight ratio provide the capability to outmaneuver all current and projected aircraft. The F-22 design has been extensively tested and refined aerodynamically during the development process.

See more on their website.

CF-18 Demo Team

The CF-18 Demonstration team represents the aviators of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) who conduct and support operations at home and around the world every day. Showcasing the abilities of Canada’s multi-role fighter through an impressive aerobatic routine, the team attends air shows and conducts flypasts across Canada and the United States.

read more

Every year, a new theme is chosen to highlight important milestones or ideas related to the military, Canada or aviation. This theme is then translated into an impressive paint scheme on the team’s CF-18 Demonstration jet and featured throughout the season, raising awareness and building interest amongst audiences in Canada’s Air Force.

Demonstration pilots and support teams are chosen every year from operational squadrons and positions across the RCAF to fulfill the team’s mission of inspiring and connecting with Canadians and fans around the world. The pilot for the 2022 CF-18 Demonstration Team is Captain Jesse Haggart-Smith.

See more here.

RCAF Snowbirds

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.

read more

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 more here.

SkyHawks

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.

read more

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 their website for more information.

Gord Price

For 64 years, Gord Price’s life has been in the clouds.

The 80-year-old has spent the better part of that time in the air, whether it’s with the Royal Canadian Air Force, as a commercial pilot with Air Canada, or on the air show circuit, which he started doing in 1976.

read more

Price spent six years with the RCAF at the height of the Cold War, flying a variety of aircraft including the F-86 and C-104 Starfighter. Between 1964 and 1967, he served as a nuclear strike pilot with 422 Fighter Squadron in Baden-Baden Germany.

After a 36-year career as a Captain with Air Canada, Price turned to air shows, where he could showcase his passion for flying agile, smaller aircraft, some of which he designed and built himself. He has represented Canada at 3 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Aerobatic Championships and has been named a Canadian National and/or Open Unlimited Aerobatic Champion 7 times, among other accolades.

Since 2012, Price has performed his air shows in the prototype Yakovlev YAK -50, of which he estimates there are about 66 left in the world.

The 2022 Cold Lake Air Show is a stop on what Price is calling “The Last Tour”, as he has announced his retirement from performing after the season. 

See more on his website.

Kyle Fowler

For Kyle Fowler, it didn’t take long to see that the old adage “Like father, like son” can be true. 

The son of Team Rocket Aerobatics pilot Ken Fowler, Kyle began announcing his father’s performances at the age of 12. By the time he had turned 21, with the help of Team Rocket member Eric Hansen, he had secured a pilot’s license of his own. 

read more

Kyle currently holds a Commercial Pilot’s License with Multi IFR Rating and performs with the GO EZ aerobatics team in his 1986 Long EZ. The small tandem seat aircraft features a delta wing design and weighs only 920 pounds empty.

When he isn’t in the skies, Kyle works as a Red Seal Journeyman Automotive Mechanic and spends time with his family. 

See more on his website.

CH-148 Cyclone

The CH-148 Cyclone is one of the most capable maritime helicopters in the world. It is Canada’s main ship-borne maritime helicopter, and it provides air support to the Royal Canadian Navy.

read more

The Cyclone can be used for surface and sub-surface surveillance, search and rescue missions, tactical transport and more. It can operate during the day or night and in most weather conditions to support missions in Canada and around the world.

Air Force Heritage Flight

The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation returns to Cold Lake to showcase a P-51 Mustang alongside the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor as a living memorial to the men and women who have served – or are currently serving.

410 Squadron Demo

410 Squadron and 437 Squadron will do an air-to-air refueling demonstration.

CC-130J Hercules

See the CC-130J Hercules in all its glory in the air!

Ken Hildebrant – Professional Announcer

Ken grew up around the Abbotsford Airport and the world-famous Abbotsford International Airshow.  While working at his family’s farm, he would often be caught looking up to the sky to catch a Cessna landing or the Air Cadets towing yet another glider up to altitude. As a little boy, he would sit on a wooden-rail fence each August, and watch in awe as amazing pilots, heroes to a young boy enraptured by the magic of flight, flew their airplanes into incredible loops and hammerheads at the annual airshow. 

read more

While he was certainly enthralled by the many amazing flying machines that screamed over his head each summer, he was particularly interested in the people who announced the action over the loud speakers, thinking they had a pretty awesome gig. Thus began a 30+ year interest in airshow announcing.

Ken’s announcing career took off under the expert tutelage of announcing mentors, Bob Singleton and Roy Hafeli eight years ago. Since then, he has had the privilege of announcing airshows both as one-half of H2A2 Airshow Announcers or as a solo announcer across Canada and the United States including Abbotsford, BC, Airdrie, AB, Dawson Creek, BC, Fort St. John, BC, Greenwood, NS, Lethbridge, AB, London, ON, Madras, OR, Moose Jaw, SA, Paine Field, WA, Peace River, AB, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Salinas, CA, Tacoma, WA, Vancouver, BC (Celebration of Light) and Historic Flight Foundation – Vintage Aircraft Weekend, WA. Ken also has the great honour of being one of the only civilian announcers to have narrated an official performance of the CAF Snowbirds.

A theatre producer, director and actor by profession, Ken is the Executive/Artistic Director of Gallery 7 Theatre in his hometown of Abbotsford, BC. He holds a private pilot’s license with a night endorsement and is a member of the Abbotsford Flying Club, International Council of Airshows (ICAS) and Northwest Council of Airshows (NWCAS).

Ken’s love for airplanes & airshows, coupled with his experience as a private pilot and as an actor, director & producer, make him an ideal member of any airshow announcing team, providing airshow fans with informative and entertaining commentary that puts people right into the cockpit. His motto for announcing is “Entertain – Inform – Inspire”.

Enjoy the show!