From their media release:
More than 22,000 aviation fans and aficionados were captivated by the power and speed of the performances at AirShow London (ASL) on Sunday. Clear skies and warm breezes were the order of the day as ticket holders for both Saturday and Sunday began gathering early for entrance. Parking and shuttle services provided steady access to the grounds and aircraft on static display were quickly surrounded by enthusiasts and under bombardment by photographers. Selfies with pilots and crew members were the order of the day.
The afternoon included awe inspiring and decibel shaking performances by Londoner Captain Ryan (Roid) Kean in a CF-18 Hornet followed by a mesmerizing demonstration of power by the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor piloted by Major Dan (Rock) Dickinson. All eyes were on the skies for the grand finale by the Canadian Forces Snowbird team. A tribute by the CF – Skyhawks parachute team to Canadian and American performers kicked-off the show and set the sky stage for just over four hours of spectacular aeronautical skill and power.
Show organizers were extremely pleased with the turnout and the functionality of the operational side of the event. Board Chair, Jim Graham, said the quality of aircraft and reputation of the performers clearly illustrated the caliber of show London is prepared to offer year after year. He says, “In bringing the AirShow back to London we wanted to make our first year a great year. I believe we’ve met that challenge. We showcased aircraft here in London that people just don’t get to see and we set the bar high because we know we can meet those standards and make AirShow London a destination event.”
Dave De Kelver, Event Director, had high praise for his team and the hundreds of volunteers who made the show possible and run smoothly. He said, “We knew there would be some challenges with welcoming two days of ticketholders on Sunday but some quick adjustments and creative thinking made it all work. Volunteers were positive and our guests were excited to see the show. It was a fantastic day.”