Airshow London this Friday Saturday and Sunday at London International Airport

Forget the need for speed, what about the need for noise?

Being among the big steel birds at Airshow London is a fully involved activity, says one of the event’s organizers. And it will probably punish your ears.

“Flying is just one of those all-consuming experiences when you’re doing it,” said Jim Graham, who is the chair of the board of directors for the annual gathering of state-of-the-art aircraft and their crews - writes

Or, as Airshow London puts it on their web page, “This is going to be BIG and LOUD.”

Until you see military planes in person, you just can’t appreciate how powerful and fast they can be, according to Graham. He hopes the most common words you will hear at the show, which runs from Friday to Sunday, are “How do they do that? That’s so cool!” as attendees, mouths agape, watch pilots put their aircraft through amazing aerial manoeuvres.

A lapsed pilot himself, Graham has been involved in the air show for more than 30 years.

“There will be just about any kind of plane you would be interested in,” he boasted.

That includes a USAF F-15C, the workhorse of the American military, an A-10 Thunderbolt II, a ground-assault vehicle that figured prominently in the second Gulf War and a De Haviland DH-115 Vampire, which made its debut during the Second World War.

There will also be a demonstration by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the renowned team of Canadian military pilots.

“Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the skill, professionalism and teamwork inherent in the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Canadian Armed Forces,” organizers said online.

Graham’s ultimate hope is that he can capture the imagination of young Londoners, in the same way as their parents got hooked on the airshow when they were children.

“We hear so often that many of the folks who bring kids were brought to the show as kids,” Graham said.

And hey, if none of that catches your fancy, you’ll at least be able to see London Mayor Matt Brown jump out of a plane on Friday morning before he officially opens the exhibition.

If you go

What: Airshow London

When: Friday (gates open 4 p.m. and close 8:30 p.m.) Saturday and Sunday (gates open 9 a.m., close 6 p.m.)

Where: London International Airport (see for satellite parking lots; buses available to transport ticket buyers to the show)

Tickets: Adult $40, senior/veteran/military $35, student $20

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