Every September, Torontonians are enthralled by the sounds and sights of jet aircraft overhead during the Canadian International Air Show. Hamish Grant will be documenting some of the airborne events for Torontoist over the next few days.
Here, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron arrives today at Pearson International Airport ahead of the show this weekend, with seven Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets and the large C-130T Hercules transport plane, known as “Fat Albert.” The Blue Angels, established in 1946, have been flying the Hornet for twenty-three years, and during this year’s season, they will fly sixty-nine air shows in the United States.
The F/A-18 Hornet has a top speed of Mach 1.7 (almost 2,000 km/h), a combat radius of more than five hundred nautical miles, and each aircraft costs about $20 million. The C-130 is one of the most versatile transport aircrafts, serving the militaries of fifty countries worldwide. “Fat Albert,” though supporting the Navy squadron, is actually operated by the U.S. Marine Corps.
All photos by Hamish Grant/Torontoist.