AIRSHOW: Painting the skies over Abby

The Skyhawks Parachute Team is among the performers at the Abbotsford International Airshow, running Aug. 10-12

The Canadian Forces Parachute team

The Canadian Forces Parachute team

The Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, will lend some colour to the Abbotsford Airshow with their unique demonstration.

The SkyHawks are Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team. Over the last 40 years it has represented Canada and the Canadian Forces to over 73 million spectators worldwide under the team’s signature Canadian flag parachutes.

Bringing their parachutes in close proximity to build formations in the sky, and using coloured smoke canisters, the team puts on a spectacular show. Performing these aerobatic parachute formations requires a high level of skill and courage; and is known as Canopy Relative Work.

This year, during their 41st anniversary season, the SkyHawks will perform more than 30 shows across North America and one in Belgium, between May and October 2012.

Supported by the Canadian Army, the SkyHawks are based out of Trenton, Ontario, at the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre.

Both regular and reserve, the team members are from various occupations of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and bring a wide range of experiences to their performances.

“It is with great pride that we continue to showcase the professionalism, dedication and team work it takes to be part of Canada’s military,” says a team press release.

The team performs at 1 p.m. each day of the airshow, running Aug. 10 to 12 at Abbotsford International Airport.