It's been fourteen years since anyone's seen the provincial event, and it's returning next summer. The Saskatchewan Airshow will be taking to the skies for a two day event this July for the first time since 2005.
15 Wing Pilots, CAE, and Base Commander Col. Denis O'Reilly made the announcement Friday at the offical launch event, with CAE and 15 Wing as the official sponsors of the show.
"CAE has been a great corporate sponsor in our community, we've seen them be involved with the Chamber of Commerce in different events so I'm really happy to see that they're the main sponsor here for the upcoming airshow and, you know, we love the military base," Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said. "We're very very proud to be the home community to the Snowbirds and 15 Wing training base."
Expecting twenty to thirty thousand out of town visitors to be stopping by for the airshow, the city could see a huge economic boost from the show, potentially doubling in population for two days.
Opening the door to people who have supported 15 Wing for seventy-eight years, the Base wants the community to be a part of the event and show that they too are excited and proud of what they do.
15 Wing is the reason the airshow is returning. Col. O'Reilly and Director of CAE in Moose Jaw, Scott Greenough, both grew up in Moose Jaw and played in the Moose Jaw Lions Band together. O'Reilly approached Greenough with the idea to bring back the airshow, and Greenough was immediately in.
Trying to make this event as streamlined as possible, organizers want to ensure the spectator experience is a positive one. With water stations, charging areas, multiple washrooms, designated photographer areas, a kids zone, and many other amenities, they've looked at every angle to create an easy going event for visitors.
The two day event taking place in July has a number of static and air displays featuring civillian and military planes, including The Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, Snowbirds.
A full list won't be out until December, but some confirmed, expected, and familiar performances include Brent Handy, the CF Skyhawks, and Yellow Thunder.
With the hope of inspiring the next generations pilots, they want this to be an amazing event.
"We're looking at it as an opportunity to build the new version of pilots from the little ones coming up so ten, fifteen years from now, we never know," Joy Mclaughlin, the Non Public Properties Director of Operations explained. "There may possibly be our next new Wing Commander at that air show, so that's what we're excited about.
The Saskatcehwan Air Show will kick off during Sidewalk Days from July 4th to the 6th. On Friday, July 5th, they'll be at Sidewalk Day with a Flight Suit Party, but the location is to be confirmed.
The schedule of the airshow on July 6th and 7th goes as follow:
9:00 am - Gates Open
9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Static Displays - Vintage and modern day aircraft, army and navy statics, museum displays
12:00 pm - 4:31 pm - Performers Entertainment
6:00 pm - Gates Close
Saturday Evening ONLY 7:00 pm - 15 Wing Fellowship Saskatcehwan Airshow Cabaret (TBC)
As 2019 approaches, more details will be released and the Saskatcehwan Airshow will have their online portal ready. For now, we patiently wait for the return of the provinces best airshow.