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Canadian flight team set to take wing at AirFest

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Mike DuPre'
December 12, 2007
— Southern Wisconsin AirFest is flying into 2008 with a new weekend and a new military jet team to thrill audiences.

The new dates are May 24 and 25, Memorial Day weekend.


And the new team will wing its way to Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport from north of the border.


The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, a nine-jet military aerobatic team, have committed to perform at the show, executive director Julia Dacy announced Tuesday.


“Confirmation of the Canadian Snowbirds for the 2008 show is tremendous,” Dacy said in a press release. “Not having appeared in the southern Wisconsin or northern Illinois region in over a decade, we look forward to welcoming the team—and their spectacular nine-ship demonstration—to the area.”


The Snowbirds have flown the CT-114 Tutor jet since 1971. Designed and built in Canada, the jet was used by the Canadian military as its basic pilot training aircraft until 2000.


Scheduled for another encore performance is the U.S. Army parachute demonstration team, the Golden Knights.


Dacy still is trying to arrange other single-aircraft military demonstrations to join the civilian aerobatic fliers for whom Southern Wisconsin AirFest is a regular stop on the air-show circuit.


Discounted tickets go on sale on line Feb. 15 by logging onto www.swairfest.org.

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