Spotting: Pre-Airshow London on Friday

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Airshow London has become a Phoenix rising from the ashes, a solid, medium-sized air show that focuses on military aircraft both in the air and on the ground. The Ontario, Canada-based show had a solid history in the 1980s and 1990s as a premiere North American military aviation show, but took a rather lengthy hiatus from the early 2000s through 2016.


What is surprising is that during the Friday arrival day in the Photo Pit, those awaiting military aircraft arrivals can witness a wide variety of great civilian airplanes too. London has a modest airline presence with Air Canada and WestJet regional airliners, mainly Dash 8s and Q400s as well as a great WestJet B-737-600 flight. Diamond Aircraft has a production facility at the south end of the airport, and there is a fair amount of private and corporately-owned traffic coming through too.


Here’s a representation of the procession of traffic during the day… bear in mind that the lighting is difficult through noontime due to backlighting, and there are gaps in the arrival and departure traffic as military planes fly practice routines and arrive throughout the Friday morning and afternoon. An evening “Hour of Power” show is included in Friday’s Photo pass too, and the few civil arrivals that are sequenced into the show schedule get bathed in warm Ontario sunset hues too.

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