With Canada’s fighter jet replacement a hot topic amongst the Canadian public and government decision makers, the Abbotsford International Airshow will be the one and only place to see options side-by-side starting this Friday. Key players Boeing and Lockheed Martin will display the F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-35 Lightning aircraft respectively, while Eurofighter will also be on-site with a display booth. Joining the Canadian fighter jet replacement contenders on the ramp will be an additional collection of USAF F-15s, A-10s and other static and flying Hornets and Super Hornets – turning Abbotsford into Fightertown, Canada for the week.
Airshow President, Jim Reith, says “an aspect of the Airshow’s strategic vision is to strengthen key partnerships with aerospace organizations such as AIAC Pacific who produce the annual Aerospace Defense & Security Expo adjacent the airshow. The Canadian Business Aviation Association will also hold its annual convention next year at Abbotsford in conjunction with the airshow as well.” He adds, “looking to the future, we expect the Abbotsford Airshow will encompass a major aerospace industry event occurring in the days prior to the public weekend show in the style of Farnborough and Paris airshows.”
The Abbotsford International Airshow is always excited to make history. The Airshow marks the very first time that the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft will appear in Canada. “We are always keen to have on display the latest and most advanced in aerospace technologies in both military and civilian aircraft,” adds Reith. The Airshow will certainly do so this weekend with fifteen fighters in the air or on the ground as it celebrates its 2016 superhero inspired “Heroes of the Skies” theme. Visitors to Fightertown, Canada this weekend are sure to be impressed. Tickets are selling fast, but still available online and Lower Mainland Save-on Foods locations.