Air Show fans — the wait is over.
Tickets to the 2013 Comox Armed Forces Day and Air Show, the largest single-day family event in the Comox Valley, are now available to the public at www.comoxairshow.ca and Thrifty Foods stores. Tickets will also be available at the CFB Comox CANEX retail store in the coming weeks.
Advance ticket prices are $20 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors and $5 for veterans (with certificate of service) and cadets in uniform. On the day of the Air Show, tickets will be $25 for adults. Ticket prices for youth, seniors and veterans remain the same on Air Show day.
Those who want a closer view of the action will be able to upgrade their tickets to box seating for a charge of $10. There is a limit of 1,000 box seats.
Additionally, those with RVs can dry-camp beside the Glacier Gardens Arena for a charge of $40 per night.
“Advance ticket sales and sponsorship will help us to bring in even more aircraft and performers,” said Air Show director Major Dwayne Kerr. “This is the first Armed Forces Day to feature a major Air Show component since 2005, and we want to make it as successful as possible.”
People planning to attend are strongly encouraged to take the bus, ride their bicycles or carpool to CFB Comox on Aug. 17. Designated bus routes and secure bicycle lock-ups will be in place on air show day to make getting to and from the base as convenient as possible.
Participating in the 2013 Comox Air Show are the CF-18 Demonstration Team, the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds, as well as several other visiting aircraft from across the RCAF, including the C-130 Hercules and the massive C-17 Globemaster.
An impressive collection of vintage aircraft from across western Canada and the U.S. are also expected to attend, including a P40 Kitty-Hawk from Vintage Wings, a Spitfire and B-25 Mitchel from the Heritage Flight Foundation, Harvards from Yellow Thunder, and aircraft from the Cascade Warbirds.
On the ground, visitors will enjoy getting up close to airplanes on the static display line, as well as meeting soldiers, sailors and air men and women who will showcase equipment and vehicles from across the Canadian Armed Forces.
For more information on the 19 Wing Armed Forces Day and Air Show, visit www.comoxairshow.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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