Yesterday the Snowbirds flight demonstration team was here in Kelowna flying a show. The Snowbirds are Canada's answer to the USAF Thunderbirds, among others, and do a much MORE accessible show for the general public, as the lower speeds keep the aircraft (CL-41 Tutor jet-trainers) in view for pretty much the whole display.
Out the front door of my house, after a 100 yard walk, is an overlook w/ a great view of the Kelowna Internat'l Airport, so I invited several friends to come over at 4:30 to catch the formation departure, after which we'd reverse course to my home, grab a cold beer (well - actually, for the WOMEN - chilled wine cocktails...!) and out to the patio-deck to catch as much of the show as we could, but W/OUT having to drive downtown, look for parking, etc, etc.
We were in place at 4:30, chatted till the Snowbirds taxied out, taking position in three three-plane "vic" formations, then commenced their take-off. I'm including a pic of taxiing out, in place, then the last vic airborne (IF you wonder how CLOSE they fly - look at the shadows below the three to see
We got to see a LOT of the air-work, w/ the lowest part blanked by the mountains. I have no pics of that part as I was too busy explaining what was going on, to my guests (the Tutor was my 'initial' jet trainer, and I logged 130 hours in it), but I'm including a link to a video posted up on our local "Castanet".
Hope some of you enjoy this.