Alberta airshow prepares for 'best lineup in history' Aug. 5 and 6

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A “vampire” will haunt the skies over Alberta next weekend.

The 2023 Alberta International Airshow goes Aug. 5 and 6 at the Villeneuve Airport and will feature the de Havilland DH-115, the “World’s Oldest Flying Jet Fighter,” provided by Vampire Airshows. Organizers promise “the best lineup in the show’s history.”

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Dracula’s private jet will be joined by the beloved Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the CF-18 Demonstration Team, the USAF A-10 Demonstration Team, the Canadian Forces Skyhawks Parachute Team and others.

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An aerospace and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) themed career fair will also be on site, hardware included.

“The Royal Canadian Air Force will be present and is bringing a cockpit simulator that replicates the experience of piloting a jet fighter,” states a news release issued last Thursday. “Some other employers and institutions attending include the University of Alberta, Alberta College of Aeronautics, Aboriginal Training Service, MacEwan University, and Edmonton Police Services.”

Interactive static displays, a kids’ zone, motocross performers, a monster truck, exotic cars, and food trucks will also be stationed within the airshow grounds.

Also scheduled to be in the air next weekend is Undaunted Airshows, billed as a “dynamic high energy two-ship aerobatic formation team” from the Pacific Northwest.

“Alberta’s motto is Fortis et Liber which I think is super cool,” said Todd Rudberg, Undaunted Airshows pilot. Fortis et Liber is Latin meaning strong and free. “We think the same way, and we’re really stoked to be a part of the show.”

Advance tickets are cheaper than buying at the gate and are available on the airshow’s website. Cash is not accepted at the gate.

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