The SkyHawks Parachute Demonstration Team returns to this year’s Abbotsford Airshow, running Friday to Sunday. (Abbotsford News file photo)

VIDEO: Abbotsford Airshow flies high above the rest

Annual event runs Friday to Sunday at Abbotsford Airport

Promising the finest civilian and military aerobatic performances in the world, Canada’s premier aviation festival is back this weekend.

The Abbotsford International Airshow runs from Friday to Sunday at the Abbotsford Airport.

This is the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) agreement and, to celebrate, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the US Air Force (USAF) will perform a commemorative flypast in formation.

“This is pretty much the most unique bilateral defence partnership in the world,” said Dave Reith, operations manager.

The event kicks off with the Friday Twilight Show from 3 to 10 p.m., featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the CF-18 Hornet Twilight Demo and a fireworks finale.

Saturday and Sunday are full-day shows with flying events, attractions, exhibits and concessions. Gates open at 10 a.m.

The lineup includes award-winning civilian performers, including local resident Rob ‘Scratch’ Mitchell flying in the Acemaker T-33 Shooting Star Jet.

Other featured performances are demos from fan-favourite the A-10 Thunderbolt II, RCAF Search and Rescue, the USAF Heritage Flight and the SkyHawks Parachute Demonstration Team.

After a 15-year absence, the Blue Angels return to the airshow to co-headline with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The Blue Angels will fly all three days of the show.

With more than 14 acres of entertainment and interactive activities for all ages, ground attractions include a virtual reality arcade, static aircraft display, autograph book and the Science of Flight presented by Science World.

A new attraction for 2018 is The Grandstand: A Craft Beer Experience. This fenced-in 19-plus beer garden features DJ music between flying events, ground-level seating and a dozen craft breweries to sample.

Tickets to The Grandstand include airshow admission. Airshow tickets can be upgraded to The Grandstand at the gate.

Nightly camping, as well as full weekend campground passes, are available for all three days of the show.

Tickets are available online at abbotsfordairshow.com, at Save-On-Foods locations, and at the King Road entrance to the show.

Just Posted

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Early morning crash in Surrey on Sunday sends three to hospital

Traffic crash at 4 a.m. at 152nd and 88th Avenue. Police say intersection closed for “some time.”

Two-vehicle collision in South Surrey

Firefighters on scene at 24 Avenue and 160 Street

RCMP ask for help locating missing woman

Sheyna McNabb was last seen near King George and 96th Ave. in Surrey

Photos: Great Pumpkin Run takes place at White Rock waterfront

Families dressed in Halloween costumes for annual event

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Vancouver drag queens receive royal treatment during Kootenay Pride

Vancouver drag queens discuss the importance of Pride and growing acceptance of LGBTQ community

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

One year to election: Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate, premiers

Analysts say that the Liberals have reason to be ‘fairly confident’

GUEST COLUMN: B.C.’s proportional representation vote is dishonest, misleading

Veteran of 2005 Citizens’ Assembly urges rejection of new voting systems

Most Read