Air show set to land in London

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Wings could soar over London again, with a large air show — the first in years — planned for September.

International air show websites say the Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet demonstration teams are scheduled to be among the performers at the event Sept. 17 and 18.

But the group that’s planning the show is still staying quiet about it.

Mary Aziz-Stoetzer said discussions and talks are under way and an announcement is planned for January.

“My standard answer is, there’s something in the works . . . and stay tuned.”

An air show was an annual fixture for London, the flying demonstrations and ground displays drawing big crowds to the London International Airport, even from beyond Southwestern Ontario, until soaring insurance rates after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and one too many tough hits from poor weather proved to be too difficult a hurdle to climb.

London last was host to an air show, a small version of one, through the Jet Aircraft Museum in June, 2014. It was called Legends Over London.

The Jet Aircraft Museum is not operating this planned show, although it is expected that some aircraft from the museum will take part in the display.

Mike Seabrook, president of London International Airport, said a group separate from the airport will be putting on the show, but the airport will offer its support and facilities and logistical efforts.

The Snowbirds are Canada’s iconic precision team, with nine CT-114 Tutor jets flying in formation.

The CF-18 Hornet is Canada’s speed-and-agility fighter jet.

The two teams are also scheduled to fly at the Great Lakes International Air Show in St. Thomas on June 18 to 19.