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Air show will soar once again

Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison, 8 Wing Commander Col. Colin Keiver and WCWO Darcy Elder unveil the Quinte International Air Show poster during the official announcement of the QIAS Thursday morning.- Ross Lees photo

Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison, 8 Wing Commander Col. Colin Keiver and WCWO Darcy Elder unveil the Quinte International Air Show poster during the official announcement of the QIAS Thursday morning.- Ross Lees photo

By Ross Lees
The Quinte International Air Show will return and 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton Wing Commander Colonel (Col.) Colin Keiver promises the it will be the best this region has ever seen.

To be held on June 25 and 26, the show is to feature some famous and popular participants – the Snowbirds, the CF-18 Demonstration Team, the SkyHawks as well as civilian acts like Jelly Belly with Kent Pietsch, and Rick Volker in his RCAF Harvard. Vintage war birds and the latest military aircraft will also be on display on the ground and in the air.

So popular is this event that barely had the news conference broken up when the telephones at the QIAS offices began to ring. The last air show at Trenton was in 2009.

Col. Keiver made the announcement in front of a number of local area veterans who fought in Second World War and some of whom trained at the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) locations such as the County’s. The BCATP and those very veterans will be honoured through the air show, Keiver said.

“In their honour, and in co-operation with the community and industry, I am proud to announce that once again the skies of the Quinte region will be filled with the sights and sounds of the QIAS. Mark June 25 and 26 on your calendars, because it will an event you do not want to miss.”

He said he could not think of a more fitting tribute to the BCATP, the men and women it trained and the cause they fought than to once again come together to deliver a world-class event. “The QIAS 2016 will be such an event.”

Quinte West mayor Jim Harrison said from his venue, every day is an air show, but he was enthusiastic to have the QIAS finally return.

“Quinte West is always proud to stand beside our partners at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton and we are honoured to be a part of this announcement,” he said, “which will honour the 75th anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and the role Trenton played in it is definitely something to celebrate. I salute the veterans here today.”

He noted Quinte West would host a local celebration on the evening of June 25 featuring some renowned entertainers, but future announcements would nail those names down.

One of the unique results of the forming of the BCATP was the foundation of the modern Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 400 series squadrons, many of whom are still around today and will celebrate their 75th anniversaries this year.

Those seeking more information on the QIAS can email airshow@cfbtrenton.com or go to www.QIAS2016.com or call the QIAS office at 613-392-2811 extension 7427. Tickets will go on sale April 1.

 

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