Living History — Vintage Wings Over Hamilton

Attendees of the Hamilton Air Show near Toronto, Canada on Saturday got to take in a rare spectacle -- a Lancaster bomber, the last airworthy Mosquito in the world, two Hawker Hurricanes and a Spitfire.

Attendees of the Hamilton Air Show near Toronto, Canada on Saturday got to take in a rare spectacle — a Lancaster bomber, the last airworthy Mosquito in the world, two Hawker Hurricanes and a Spitfire.

Residents of Hamilton, Ontario (about an hour west of Toronto) were watching the skies on Saturday as the city’s own Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum hosted its annual air show. A full roster of vintage fighters and bombers, stuntplanes and even some modern day Canadian Forces aircraft thrilled a crowd of thousands. The highlight of the event for many was a fly past of some legendary (and rare) flying machines from the Second World War: One of the only two flying Lancasters on earth, a recently restored De Havilland Mosquito, a pair of Hawker Hurricanes and a Supermarine Spitfire. Military History Now was on hand to snap a few pics of the event. We hope you’ll enjoy them. We’ve also added some eye-popping videos of the air show that only just hit Youtube in the past few hours. The show continues Sunday. Click here for more information.

Canada's military aerobatic team, the Snowbirds.

Canada’s military aerobatic team, the Snowbirds.

A Becch 18 stunt plane thrilled the crowd with some aerobatics that could only be described as "death defying"

A Beech 18 stunt plane thrilled the crowd with some aerobatics.

Hamilton's Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum owns one of the only two flying Avro Lancasters in the world.

Hamilton’s Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum owns one of the only two flying Avro Lancasters in the world.

The Hurricane Mk. IIc, armed with four 20mm cannons, was used in North Africa as a ground attack aircraft.

The Hurricane Mk. IIc, armed with four 20mm cannons, was used in North Africa as a ground attack aircraft.

This might be the last time so many rare vintage RAF aircraft share the same airspace again. Enjoy the shot!

This might be the last time so many rare vintage RAF aircraft share the same airspace again. Enjoy the shot!

ABOVE: A Canadian Forces CF-18 turns sharp following a high speed pass.

ABOVE: The same high speed pass, taken from the flight line.

ABOVE: The Mosquito as seen from the cockpit of the Lancaster.

ABOVE: The Lanc and the Mosquito returning to the field.

2 comments for “Living History — Vintage Wings Over Hamilton

  1. 15 June, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I would give my eye teeth to see that Mosquito!!!

    • 16 June, 2013 at 7:57 am

      It belongs to a museum in Virgina Beach. It’s touring this summer… Might be in your area.

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