Acrobatics and Aeronautics at the Canadian International Air Show 2011
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Acrobatics and Aeronautics at the Canadian International Air Show 2011

Some favourite moments from planes on the ground, and far overhead.

The A10-West demonstration team parked at Pearson Airport's North Lounge.


Every year without fail, Torontonians are divided by the Labour Day weekend tradition known as the air show. For three days screaming jets fly overhead, startling passersby and interrupting afternoon nappers from their long weekend slumber. Children are either delighted or cry in fear, and the rest of us are torn between loving the spectacle and hating the loud noises. (Complaints are also frequently lodged regarding air pollution, and by some about overt celebrations of military force.)

No matter your feelings, the technical skills on display are undeniable. For the past few years local photographer Hamish Grant has been documenting the Canadian International Air Show for Torontoist, exploring the planes on the ground and capturing them in action up above. Here are some favourite scenes from the 2011 air show.

You can see more photos from the 2011 Canadian International Air Show here.

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