Cold Lake Air Show 2024

Aerial Performers

All performers are subject to change. More performers will be announced closer to the show date in July 2024.

Frecce Tricolori

The renowned Frecce Tricolori, Italy’s elite aerobatic demonstration team, is set to take to the skies at the Cold Lake Air Show. For over 60 years, the Frecce Tricolori, or “Tricolor Arrows,” have been celebrated globally for their mesmerizing aerial ballet, executed with a fleet of Aermacchi MB-339 PAN aircraft painted in the colors of the Italian flag.

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Known for their flawless synchronization and split-second precision, the Frecce Tricolori have become synonymous with excellence in aerobatic displays. Audiences can expect a thrilling performance that combines skill, speed, and a touch of Italian flair. The team’s signature maneuver features nine aircraft flying in close formation, trailing plumes of smoke in the green, white, and red hues of the Italian flag.

The inclusion of the Frecce Tricolori in 2024 adds an international touch to the event. Being able to see the team in Cold Lake is a rare treat, to say the least. This will be their only air show in western Canada for the 2024 season, and will mark their first North American dates in over 30 years!

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F-35 II Lightning Demo Team

Prepare to marvel at the amazing F-35A Lightning II! The Lightning II is a stealthy, multi-role fifth-generation fighter designed to attack the most heavily defended targets. The F-35A’s engine produces a whopping 43,000 pounds of thrust and can reach speeds of Mach 1.6, or around 1200 MPH!

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First flying in 2006, the F-35A Lightning has been in operation in the United States since 2016, and with its new technologies, is considered the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter aircraft.

Piloted by Captain Melanie “Mach” Kluesner, the F-35A II Demonstration aircraft will showcase the unique capabilities of this phenomenal aircraft!

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.

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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.

C-17 and KC-135 Air-to-Air Refueling Demo

The Cold Lake Air Show is thrilled to present a captivating Air-to-Air Refueling demonstration featuring the versatile C-17 Globemaster III and the KC-135 Stratotanker.

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Witness the seamless coordination and precision as these aircraft execute a thrilling aerial ballet, showcasing the critical capability of mid-air refueling. The C-17, known for its exceptional cargo and troop transport capabilities, will demonstrate its versatility by seamlessly connecting with the KC-135, a vital aerial refueling platform, illustrating the symbiotic relationship between these two aircraft in extending the range and endurance of military operations. Don’t miss this awe-inspiring display of skill and technology, highlighting the vital role of aerial refueling in modern air power.

Avro Lancaster Mk. X

Possibly the most recognizable bomber used by the British Commonwealth in the Second World War, The Lancaster first flew in December 1941. By the end of the conflict, close to 8,000 Lancasters would fly a whopping 156,000 sorties, dropping over 600,000 tons of munitions in total.

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The aircraft would cement its place in the history books after famously attacking the Ruhr Dams in 1943 and successfully sinking the battleship Tirpitz in 1944.

As of today, only 17 Lancasters remain in existence, and only two of those are still flyable examples. One of those is the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Mynarski Memorial Lancaster. This Lancaster Mark X was built at the Victory Aircraft plant in Ontario in 1945 and served the Royal Canadian Air Force until 1963. After a complete restoration in 1988, this aircraft was named after Canadian Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski VC, who received the Victoria Cross in 1944 after bravely attempting the rescue of a crewmember while being shot down over France, with disregard for his own safety, while flying with 419 Squadron.

On July 20th and 21st , The Cold Lake Air Show invites you to join us in a celebration of this history-making aircraft and the brave veterans it represents, as we welcome to the skies, the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster!

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Northern Stars Aeroteam

Three-plane, precision aerobatic formation team flown by Canadian Air Force veterans.

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Drawing on their heritage as veteran RCAF pilots, Brent Handy, Todd Farrell and Greg Hume-Powell are the Northern Stars. Flying the classic Pitts Special in tight, precision formations and wringing it out with exciting freestyle maneuvers, the Northern Stars are getting great reviews!

The show starts off with a dramatic opposing pass followed by Brent’s fast paced, surface-level aerobatics before being joined by Todd & Greg for precise loops, rolls and much more in tight, military style formation with billowing airshow smoke.

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CF-18 Demonstration

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.

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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.

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CF 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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