Another successful year has come to an end. Stay tuned for next year's show August 9th, 10th and 11th.
The hardest part of an airshow is not in the organization, scheduling, and operation of the event. It's the good-byes. The airfield is alive with energy and enthusiasm on the hot ramp, static display and throughout the spectators area for three exciting days of the year. But when the last Snowbird jet taxis in on Sunday evening, we know it's the end. Crowds funnel through the gates, performers shut down their aircraft and exhibitors tear down their stands signalling the grand finale. A bitter sweet sensation for us all to watch.
The 50th anniversary airshow will perhaps make the history books. Will it be because of the attendance? Perhaps the souvenirs and concession sales? The flawless performances? Maybe the social media attention?
Not one single factor alone can take all the credit for the success that will forever be associated with the 2012 Abbotsford Airshow weekend. But there is one thing for certain, without the fans this show would not nearly be as eventful. The tremendous outpouring of support both on the ground and online have reached new levels and we cannot end this season without acknowledging how grateful we are for it.
Did we get all the aircraft we requested? No. Did we offer a unique and varied line-up of air and ground displays? Yes. And, did crowds leave with smiles on their faces? Well, from what we saw from approximately 130,000 spectators over the course of the three days, you looked fairly jubilent to us. That is what will go down in the history books about the 2012 golden anniversary show.
Thank-you, please come see us again in 2013!
August 9, 10, 11