Airshow London named #1 air show in North America by USA Today

Airshow London SkyDrive Press Release | July 16, 2021

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Airshow London has been named the best air show in North America by the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards contest, a property of USA Today. 

Nominees for the 2021 contest were chosen by a panel of industry experts and editors from USA Today and, followed by the public being invited to vote daily for four weeks to determine a winner. Airshow London was the only Canadian air show on this year’s list. 

During last year’s Airshow London drive-in event (2020), a USAF C-17 from McChord AFB made several visits each day to load and unload equipment and essential personnel. The C-17 also flew an impressive airshow routine to demonstrate its capabilities. Patrick Cardinal Photo

“We are extremely proud to have been voted the best air show in North America this year. Being the only Canadian show nominated was already an awesome compliment but to win, wow, we are so thankful,” expressed Holly Doty, Airshow London Executive Director. “Our team of staff and volunteers dedicate so much of their time and energy to put on an incredible event for our guests, and this show of support from our fans across North America for the new COVID-19-friendly SkyDrive format validates our efforts.”

Airshow London made history last year when it hosted a sold-out socially responsible and physically distant air show during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was Canada’s only air show in 2020 and the first ever drive-in. “SkyDrive” welcomed 5,000 parked vehicles (20,000 people) over two days to the London International Airport and hosted an unprecedented seven U.S. military demonstration teams.

For the first time at an airshow, the USAF A-10, F-16, F-22, and F-35 demonstration teams performed a four-ship Heritage Flight together. John Chung Photo

This year’s show will be another spectacular showcase of military aviation highlighted by Canadian participation from the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the CF-18 Demonstration Team, and U.S. participation from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team and the C-17 Demonstration Team. 

“We are so grateful for the continued support and participation from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force and other organizations which attract a lot of attention from fans, locally and from afar,” says Gerry Vanderhoek, Airshow London Director of Air Operations. This continued support over Airshow London’s five years has been an integral part of growing the show’s reputation as one of the best military displays in Canada and the U.S.

A CF-18 from 433 Squadron joins formation with a CC-150T Polaris to demonstrate the RCAF’s air-to-air refuelling capability. Eric Dumigan Photo

This award is in addition to the Blue Sky Innovation Award given to Airshow London earlier this year by the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC) for its innovation, success and adaptation to a large scale COVID-19-safe event. 

For more information on this year’s SkyDrive, August 27-29, visit or @airshowlondon on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Airshow London.

Click to check out Skies’ feature story on last year’s Airshow London SkyDrive, from our October/November 2020 issue.

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