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The Abbotsford International Airshow is held annually on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August at Abbotsford International Airport in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.
It is Canada’s largest airshow. In the mid-1970s, Abbotsford was designated as Canada’s National Airshow by Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau. It features both military and civilian aircraft from Canada and the United States, and on occasion military aircraft from other countries such as Britain, Germany, and Russia.
The average annual attendance of 125,000+ people makes it the largest air show on the West Coast of North America.
In 2014 it was named one of the ten best airshows in the world, and also held a twilight show for the first time. In December 2014 the airshow won a prestigious Silver Pinnacle award from the International Council of Airshows. In 2015 the airshow continued its successful twilight show and had the Breitling jet team from France perform its first Canadian show ever. In addition, the airshow hosted the USAF F-22 Raptor for the first time. In 2016 two 5th generation USAF F-35A Lightning II fighter jets made history as this would mark the first appearance of an F-35 in Canada. Although two aircraft were at the airshow only one was put on static display.
The show is now operated by the Abbotsford International Airshow Society.