HIGHlites from the Circus In The Sky

  • Jul 16, 2014 6:34am GMT

Watch some HIGHlites from Circus In The Sky, The Peace Regional Air Show. Peace River, Alberta is in northwest Alberta, a scenic, booming town to just under 7,000 residents. Crowd estimates indicate they all came out on a very hot day (40c -104f). Major Patrick Gobeil led the Canadian Forces Snowbirds through their high show in a flawless blue sky. Captain Adam Runge and the Canadian Forces CF-18 Demo Team offered a rare chance to see the Hornet ‘catch the cable’. The mobile arrestor gear system was needed as the main runway is only 4,412 x 150 feet. Other performances included Wingwalker Carol Pilon and her Stearman, pilot Marcus Paine added a comedy act in his J-3 Cub. Veteran Canadian Pitts S2S performer Bill Carter, Yak 55 & Yak 11 Formation Team Ross Grandley and his award winning father Bud brought their years of experience while Brent Handy made his air show debut flying a red Pitts. Another new talent, 28 year old Mike Tryggvason, son of Canadian astronaut Bjarni V. Tryggvason was impressive in his Giles 202. Mike’s dad served as a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-85 in 1997. Sadly I didn’t get any video of Super “Dave” Matheison or The Strong Man, Mark Kirsch who set a new world record by pulling 4 school buses toward school offering a great opportunity to plug STEM courses and encourage kids to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. Thanks to Gail, Vicki, Sandra and your core of volunteers for a fun weekend. All done safely under the watchful eyes of air boss Bill Snelgrove.