Chilliwack Flight Fest is a free airshow featuring planes, music and stunt flying at the Chilliwack Airport.
The event usually includes a Hangar Dance on the Saturday and a full airshow on the Sunday.
Chilliwack Hangar Dance and Airshow
Chilliwack Flight Fest is an annual affair that has been running for over a quarter of a century. Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2020, the event usually features live music, aircraft on static display and stunt planes in the air.
The Hangar Dance on the Saturday evening costs around $10 in advance and $20 at the door. There is no cost for admission to the airshow on the Sunday.
Where and When
In 2019, Chilliwack Flight Fest took place on the weekend of August 24th and 25th at the Chilliwack Airport which is located at 46244 Airport Road in Chilliwack. 2020 dates are to be confirmed.
On Saturday, the Hangar Dance and Evening Show happened at 46206 Airport Road. Gates opened at 6:00 pm, bar service started at 7:00 and the flying show started at 7:30.
The main airshow part of the weekend is typically on the Sunday. On that day aircraft were on display and planes performed between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
TIP: While in the area be sure to check out the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival. Located at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack, the attraction features acres and acres of beautiful flowers. It’s highly recommended (especially for garden lovers)! There are kids’ activities too!
What to Expect
At the Hangar Dance and Evening Show on the Saturday evening there is usually a band, dancing, planes to admire and flying to see. The live music in 2019 was with The Vacationers. At 7:30 pm there was a short performance in the air to give attendees a preview of what’s to come on the following day. After that there was lots of merriment and dancing.
On the Sunday the airshow ran from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. A small number of aircraft were on display and four or so pilots entertained with stunts in the air.
It’s a small airshow, but impressive given the fact that admission is free.
Performers at the 2019 event included Bud and Ross Granley, John Mrazek and Geoff Latter, all with their respective stunt-flying planes. Also at the event were displays by the Canadian Museum of Flight. 2020 details are to be confirmed.
Bud & Ross Granley
This renowned father-son duo of former Canadian Air Force pilots are some of the best in the industry at acrobatics and aerial tricks.
Now based in Washington State, Ross performs in a Yakovlev Yak 18T and Bud flies a Yak 55. Both are Russian planes. The first is an aircraft from the 1960’s Soviet Union. The second is a type of plane first built in the 1980s.
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This airshow performer, evaluator and instructor is an experienced flyer with many tricks up his sleeve.
Based in Delta, John Mrazek flies “Pussycat II” which is a Harvard Mark IV. This type of plane was built between 1938 and 1954 and used for training by American, British and Canadian Air Forces.
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Born in Ontario and now based in the Fraser Valley, Geoff Latter got his start in the industry at just the age of 12. He has been flying ever since both as a commercial pilot and stunt performer.
His plane, “Nancy”, is a 1958 Nanchang CJ-6A which is a Chinese training aircraft. A couple of years ago Peter Roundhill from Vancouver’s Best Places got to go for a ride in “Nancy”. For a look at what stunts look like from inside the plane click Video with Geoff Latter Airshows. It was a pretty incredible ride!
The Canadian Museum of Flight
The Canadian Museum of Flight isn’t a performer at the airshow, but it was a participant with displays at the event. Based out of Langley, BC, it’s a volunteer-run facility dedicated to preserving aircraft and showcasing Canada’s aviation history.
Click Canadian Museum of Flight for more details.
For more information see the Chilliwack Flight Fest website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Abbotsford Airshow
- Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
- Canadian Museum of Flight
- Vancouver Festivals & Events