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Airshow London named No. 1 air show in North America by USA Today

Airshow London Press Release | May 8, 2024

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The Canadian Forces Snowbirds perform at Airshow London. John Chung Photo

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 2024 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. Like previous years, Airshow London was the only Canadian air show on this year’s list.

“We are extremely proud to have been voted as the best air show in North America for three years running. Being the only Canadian show nominated was already an awesome compliment but to win, wow, we are so thankful,” said Holly Doty, Airshow London executive director.

An F-16 Viper during a SkyDrive performance at Airshow London. Bruce Laing Photo

“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.”

In 2020, Airshow London pioneered the drive-in format, allowing “SkyDrive” to be the only air show to run that year. Since its introduction, this format has been a tremendous hit with guests, selling out every year.

With approximately 2,500 vehicles parked per day, we welcome between 25,000 – 30,000 guests annually. In 2023, “SkyDrive” welcomed over 6,800 parked vehicles (over 27,000 people) over three days to the London International Airport and hosted an unprecedented eight U.S. military demonstration teams. 

Airshow London has established itself as a much-loved event for families and other aviation enthusiasts. Cameron Ernst Photo

This year’s show will be another spectacular showcase of military aviation highlighted by Canadian participation from the RCAF Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the RCAF CF-18 Demonstration Team, and U.S. participation from the USAF F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, the North American P-51 Mustang, and the U.S. Golden Knights.

For the first time ever, alongside the Hawker Sea Fury, “SkyDrive” will host the U.K.’s esteemed Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows.

“We are so grateful for the continued support and participation from the Royal Canadian Air Force, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corp, and other organizations which attract a lot of attention from fans, locally and from afar,” says Gerry Vanderhoek, Airshow London director of air operations. “The continued support over Airshow London’s eight 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. This type of recognition really puts London, Ontario on the map as a world class Aviation Event and something Londoner’s should be very proud of.”

This press release was prepared and distributed by Airshow London.

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