My Day 11: ONTARIO TRAVEL SERIES #04 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 2014
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) takes place from August 15 to Sept 1, 2014 (Labour Day) at the Exhibition Place. The CNE has grown to be the largest annual fair in Canada and the fifth largest in North America over the course of its more than 100-year history.
There are programs and exhibits at the CNE all over the 192 acres of Exhibition Place in Toronto including the eight buildings and structures designated as historical sites under the Ontario Heritage Act. The CNE’s roots are in agriculture and winter fair which also features a working farm and the Royal Winter Horse Show held in the premises.
The CNE features two midways during the 18-day run with more than 50 rides and 80 games which also present a variety of foods that’s so unique to the fair. At the end of the CNE each year the Canadian International Air Show, a 3-day highlight of the fair is hosted at the lake harbour front where people can enjoy watching the famous Snowbirds do their maneuver flights (if the weather permits). Sometimes bad weather cancels the air show presentation. The Canadian International Air Show features some aerial stunts over the beautiful Lake Ontario by daredevil Mike Wiskus and the popular Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are a famous team of serving pilots and technicians that performs aerial stunts and demonstrations across North America. This year marks their 70th anniversary since forming as a bomber squadron in World War II and their 50th year flying the Canadian-designed and built CT-114 airplanes.
Snowbirds From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
“Officially known as the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds are Canada’s military aerobatics or air show flight demonstration team whose purpose is to “demonstrate the skill, profession-alism, and teamwork of Canadian Forces personnel”. The squadron is based at 15 Wing, near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The Snowbirds are the first Canadian air demonstration team to be designated as a squadron.
The show team flies 11 CT-114 Tutors—nine for aerobatic performances, including two solo aircraft, and two as spares, flown by the team coordinators. Approximately 80 Canadian Forces personnel work with the squadron full-time; 24 personnel are in the show team that travels during the show season. The Snowbirds are the only major military aerobatics team that operates without a support aircraft. The Snowbirds continue the flying demonstration tradition of previous Canadian air force aerobatic teams, which include the Siskins, the Blue Devils, the Golden Hawks, and the Golden Centennaires.”
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