September 11, 2017 7:06 pm

Air show to take off at annual Garrison Kingston Family Fun Fest

The two-day event will feature the Snowbirds and a CF-18 Demo Jet.

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The Snowbirds and a CF-18 Demo Jet will headline the fourth annual Garrison Kingston Family Fun Fest, a two-day event which not only celebrates military families but also the community.

Festival co-organizer Frank Cleysen says it’s a case of giving back to the community.

“We live, work and play here and we’re an important part of the Kingston community so it serves partly to thank the community, to thank them for the support that they provide to the base on an annual basis.

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This marks the first time in six years that the Snowbirds have returned to the city making it a bit of a homecoming for Captain Maciej Hatta. The Snowbird Pilot attended Royal Military College back in the early 2000s.

“For me, it was a lifelong goal and ambition and it had its share of challenges early on. But obviously, challenges are there to be worked through and with ambition, you can do pretty much anything.”

The RMC grad is in the fourth season with the team which he says is unusual — two years is the norm.

In addition to the Snowbirds, the CF-18 Jet will also take to the skies. Captain Matthew Kutryk is the pilot and says he feels fortunate to be doing what he’s doing.

“I feel like the luckiest guy in the Air Force, if not the world right now — we’re on a real high — and it’s amazing to work with this aircraft this summer.

Kutryk can’t say enough about his ride. The CF-18 Hornet features a special Canada 150 paint job.

Event officials say the best place to view the free air show is on Fort Henry Hill from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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