The Abbotsford International Airshow began in 1962, but became an “International” event in 1968.

The Abbotsford International Airshow began in 1962, but became an “International” event in 1968.

VIDEO: Looking back at the 1968 Abbotsford International Airshow

Footage from the past show available to view online

The Abbotsford International Airshow has thrilled fans since 1962, and is regarded as one of the top events for aviation lovers in North America.

But from 1962 to 1967 the event was known as just the Abbotsford Airshow. The first year it became “International” was 1968, and thanks to the magic of YouTube highlights are available for all to see.

Some of the highlights from the 1968 show included:

– Bob Hoover made his first visit to Abbotsford that year flying his P-51 Mustang, William Ross flew a Spitfire and Chuck Lyford returned to Abbotsford, this time in a P-38 Lightning.

– The RAF Vulcan made its first of many flying demonstrations at Abbotsford in 1968.

– The RCAF Red Knight was back but this time in a CT-114 Tutor. The Red Knight also joined up with the Vulcan for a rare formation flyby.

-Other notable performers included the RAF Falcons, Voodoos, CP-107 Argus, Skyway Avenger firefighting demo, Art Scholl and a wingwalking act with Bud Fountain and Terry Holm and their Stearman.