Aero 150 is a once-in-a-lifetime aviation spectacle. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, those beloved and winged ambassadors of Canada, kick off their 2017 show season right here in Gatineau by hosting La Patrouille de France, the world-famous jet aerobatic team of France’s Armée de l’Air.
The opportunity to see two of the planet’s top jet aerobatic teams performing on the same day is one not to be missed. The Patrouille de France has only come to North America twice before—for Expo 86 in Vancouver and to Québec City in 2009. The team is including this one Canadian performance only on a tour of the United States commemorating 100 years since the USA joined the Allies in the First World War. They are here to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday and 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Performing in their spectacularly painted Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alphajets, the “Patrouille” is the oldest aerobatic team in the world, first taking to the air in Stampe biplanes in 1931. Today, they are the epitome of French style and elegance.
Combined with the precision aerial ballet of our proud Snowbirds, this flying event gets our 150th birthday celebrations off to a flying start. To round out the show, Vintage Wings of Canada will be flying fighters and training aircraft from its historic collection and the Royal Canadian Air Force will be displaying several of its state-of-the-art aircraft.
April 30, 2017
L’Aeroport Exécutif Gatineau-Ottawa
Gates open 9am
Due to the continued snow cover and rain, it is clear that we are not going to be able to use the usual show areas for parking. Instead, with the cooperation of the City of Gatineau, we are planning to use on-street parking and industrial parking lots in the area. We cannot charge for much of this parking, but nevertheless will be providing increased shuttle buses. As a result, and with the agreement of all participants, we are eliminating the parking charge and instead will be collecting a recommended minimum donation of $5 per adult in lieu of parking at the entrances. With the anticipated crowds we urge everyone to car-pool where possible.