Saturday, September 02, 2023

Toronto Air Show 2023 @CIASToronto

The Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) signifies the closing weekend of the annual Canadian 
National Exhibition, so it's your last chance to go to the EX and also to watch the airs show for another year. Friday, September 1 was practice day, the balance of the weekend from Saturday to Monday, September 2 to 4, 2023 mark the show days with the aircraft taking to centre stage (the fireboat shooting out large quantities of lake water) from noon till 3:45pm. Photo at top from the 2022 Air Show.
Blue Angels - Fat Albert (US Marines)
Part of the Blue Angels acrobatic team

It is estimated that over 1.4 million people watch the show in Toronto every year and I think a few hundred thousand extra only hear the show or catch a peek of the planes through the office towers and condos. The show started in 1948, over what would become Pearson Airport but what was known as the Malton Airport, moving the next year to Exhibition Park. The CIAS name was adopted in 1955 and in 1956 the single day event became a two day airshow on the last two days of the CNE. In 1969 the two day show became the four day air show, then back down to three days in 1989 (not counting the practice day). You know which Canadian plane didn't end up in the show? It was the very famous Avro Arrow which was going to perform in 1958 but was cancelled due to weather.
Heritage Flight - F16 and Mustang

Search and Rescue (SAR) demonstration with the Griffon

2023 performers include the United States Navy Blue Angels, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Blue Angels Fat Albert C-130T, CF-18 Demonstration Team, Gord Price & the Yak-50, Mike Tryggvason Extra 330, P-51 Mustang Heritage Flight, T-33, Trevor Rafferty Pitts 12, United States Air Force – F-16 Demo Team and the new addition to the show - Royal Canadian Air Force CH-147F Chinook. It's great to see two military jet teams - our Snowbirds and the US Blue Angels which first came to Toronto in 1956 flying Grumman F-9F's. The Snowbirds joined Toronto's show in 1972 and have been back every year since.

Here is the 2023 CIAS Air Show schedule.
Blue Angels – Fat Albert12:00
Blue Angels Team 1 – 612:10
Capt Aimee Fiedler – F-16 Demo12:50
Capt Fiedler / Jim Beasley-Heritage Flight13:08
Gordon Price – Yak 5013:20
Mike Tryggvason – Extra 30013:31
SAR Demo13:41
Trevor Rafferty – Pitts 1213:56
Ken Rieder – RV 814:05
Major Steve Pellerin CH-147 Chinook14:12
Capt Jesse Haggart-Smith – CF-18 Hornet14:25
CF-18/Heritage Flight14:43
Robert Mitchell – T-3314:47
Weather was perfect at the beginning of the show, then the clouds moved in and at around 3pm it started raining during the first performance of the weekend. I think the ceiling was reduced and some of the maneuvers might have been changed to accommodate the weather.

See more of the show after the jump.
Pitts 12
Chinook helicopter
CF-18 Hornet
Heritage Flight - CF-18 and T33

The T-33
The Snowbirds closed off the show

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