Boundary Bay AirShow

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Flying the MXS-R aerobatic aircraft by mx aircraft, brad brings power and performance into each airshow. Watch as he pushes the envelope of one of the most advanced aerobatic aircraft in the world today. Brad will delight and amaze the audience while remaining well within his tight margin of safety. Sit back, strap in and enjoy, Brad Wursten’s power addiction airshows may be coming to an airshow near you.

Founded by unrestricted aerobatic performer and former Canadian Forces Snowbird, Brent Handy, flanked by Wingmen Todd Farrell and Greg Hume-Powell, the Northern Stars Aerobatic Team formation aerobatic routine combines discipline and precision with adrenaline-filled, heart-pumping tumbles, torque rolls, and loops. The Pitts Special is THE air show airplane to inspire young and old to pursue their passions!

Born in small town Wyevale, Ontario, Brent knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his time in the air. Brent’s early flight training was earned through the Air Cadet program. His first solo was in an Air Cadet glider, at age 16. Ten years later, Brent’s dream of becoming a CF-18 Hornet pilot was a reality. And through a fortunate series of events, he was selected to fly as a team pilot with the renowned Canadian Forces Snowbirds jet team in 2011.

Following his tour with the Snowbirds in 2012 / 2013, Brent took his air show career to the next level. Purchasing a beautiful Pitts S-2, he had the good fortune of polishing his aerobatic prowess with air show legend Wayne Handley.

2019 will mark Brent’s fifth season as an unrestricted, surface-rated aerobatic performer. Expect an adrenaline-filled, heart-pumping series of tumbles, torque rolls, and loops. The Pitts Special is THE air show airplane to inspire young and old to pursue their passions!

Born and raised in California, Vicky Benzing is an accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer, and air racer. With over 8000 hours of flight time and over 1200 parachute jumps, Vicky has a passion for everything airborne. Her flying career has spanned more than thirty years and she currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating as well as commercial ratings in helicopters, seaplanes, and gliders.

Vicky still remembers her first flight in her uncle’s small airplane when she was just a small child. Inspired by that flight at a very young age, Vicky learned to fly in a family friend’s antique Taylorcraft in her hometown of Watsonville, on the California coast. She was thrilled by the spins, loops, and rolls that her ex- military instructor taught her and subsequently took aerobatic instruction from legendary pilot Amelia Reid.

Vicky’s aerobatic flying took a brief back seat when she earned her PhD in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and began working in the Silicon Valley high tech industry. But her passion for spins, loops, and rolls soon returned when she took an aerobatic flight with air show legend, Wayne Handley.

A two ship aerial demonstration team flying ex-Canadian military aircraft, the Harvard. Yellow Thunder is an aerial demonstration team flying ex-RCAF Harvard aircraft in the prairies and mountain skies of Western Canada and Northwest USA. Yellow Thunder was founded to display these beautiful aircraft to the public as a means to promote general aviation and celebrate Canada’s (and the Commonwealth) aviation history. Veterans, who may have trained on Harvards (T-6 Texans); our youth, who look towards the sky in wonder; and everyone in between, marvel over the Harvard’s distinctive look and roar.

Canadian competition aerobatic and airshow pilot with more than 5000 hours of total flight time. He works at a major airline as a pilot and instructor based out of Toronto, and currently flies a Giles 202 in airshows and Advanced competition. His group, 10g Aerosports, strives to promote and inspire the next generation of aviators across Canada and the USA.

Republic Aviation’s P-47 Thunderbolt was the biggest and heaviest armed single engine American fighter of World War II. Its sturdy construction and eight 50-caliber machine guns made it equally adaptive as a ground support aircraft or as a bomber escort fighter. P-47s often demonstrated their ruggedness and dependability by returning home with combat damage that would doom any other production fighter. The early P-47 couldn’t match the overall performance of the German fighters it faced in combat, but it could, because of its massive weight, out dive any airplane in the sky. Republic enhanced its performance by improving the turbo supercharger effectiveness in the “D” model and replacing the razor back canopy configuration with the bubble type variant that gave the pilot 360 degree visibility. A total of 15,683 Thunderbolts were built, at an average cost of $96,000, more than any other single engine fighter of the war, the “D” model being most plentiful. The P-47 saw action in every theater proving itself to be a devastating low-level ground attack aircraft and versatile enough to be an effective high altitude escort fighter as well. With its bulky shape, the Jug was a monster of a machine, yet it was fast and maneuverable.