AIRSHOW: U.S. Navy demos a Super Hornet

The VFA-122 Flying Eagles visit the Abbotsford International Airshow, running from Aug. 10-12

In airshow demos

In airshow demos

The Abbotsford Airshow will offer a chance to see the U.S. Navy VFA-122 Flying Eagles put a Super Hornet through its paces.

The Tactical Demonstration (Tac Demo) Team flies the single-seat F/A-18E and two-seat F/A-18F as close to the “edge of the envelope” as safety and prudence allow. It is a carrier-based multi-role fighter jet, and it entered service with the U.S. Navy in 1999.

The routine highlights the Rhino’s maneuverability and slow-speed handling characteristics and has been very well received by audiences.

It is a $67 million aircraft capable of Mach 1.8 – almost twice the speed the sound.

In addition to high-performance demonstrations with a single aircraft, VFA-122 also participates in “Legacy” shows in which Super Hornets fly in formation with classic warbirds like the F-4U Corsair and F6F Hellcat.  Legacy shows provide a unique comparison between where the past and present.

The team performs at 1:45 p.m. each day of the air show, running Aug. 10 to 12 at Abbotsford International Airport.