Abbotsford International Airshow is an aeronautics spectacle that brings thousands to the area each year. The event, held the second weekend of August at Abbotsford International Airport, has been a tadition since 1962.
That very first airshow attracted 15,000 people, so you can imagine how many show up now. Officials say more than 125,000, which makes it not only the largest airshow in Canada but also on the North American West Coast! Anything that can consistently draw a crowd of that size must be pretty amazing and that is certainly true of the Abbotsford International Airshow.
Attendees to the show are treated to some of the most jaw-dropping, hair-raising, aeronautic acrobats and derring-do you can imagine. There are also lots of great things to see and do on the ground. Static exhibits, special attractions, activities for young and old, games, food, drink, prizes and more all add to the festival-like atmosphere of the airshow.
Performances for this year include the Snowbirds Aerobatic Team, the Skyhawks Parachute Team, Jet Powered Aerobatics, and Nancy the Nanchang. You’ll also see Canadian Forces CF-18, P51 Mustang ‘Valhalla,’ Supermarine Spitfire, United States Air Force F16, and an F-18 Super Hornet. A full list of performers can be found here.
New to this year’s excitement is the addition of Airshow Week; a series of events leading up to the Abbotsford International Airshow. Airshow Week is a series of free events held in key locations around Abbotsford. The events are designed to amp up excitement for the weekend and include things like an Airplane Pull, Street Hockey Tournament, City Wide Scavenger Hunt, and a Laser Light Show. You can read more about Airshow Week on the Abbotsford International Airshow website.
2017 Abbotsford International Airshow Schedule
3:30pm Gates Open
5:45pm Opening Ceremonies & Anthems
6:15pm Canadian Forces Snowbirds
6:45pm F-35 Heritage Flight
7:30pm Static Display Closes
7:30pm FA-18 Super Hornet Demo
8:15pm CF-18 Hornet Demo
8:45pm AeroShell Formation Team
9:45pm Fireworks Finale
Aug 12 & 13
9am Gates Open
10:45pm Opening Ceremonies & Anthems
12:30pm F-16 Viper Demo
1:10pm SkyHawks Parachute Team
1:45pm USN FA-18 Super Hornet Demo
2:35pm CF-18 Hornet Demo
3:00pm Heritage Flight — F-35, F-16, F-86, P-51
3:15pm AeroShell Formation Team
3:35pm Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Abbotsford International Airshow
August 11,12, and 13, 2017
Abbotsford International Airport
30440 Liberator Ave, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5
Visit the Abbotsford International Airshow website for tickets, directions, and other info. You can also follow the show on Facebook.
Abbotsford International Airshow Lodging
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