Duluth's 2012 Airshow Bringing In International Aircraft

By KBJR News 1

March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - For the first time Canadian, Russian and Czechoslovakian pilots will be taking over Duluth's airspace.

Officials rolled out plans for the 2012 Duluth Airshow today confirming the headline act will be the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

The elite Canadian Air Force Demonstration Team has not performed a full show in Minnesota since August 3rd of 1976.

Rounding out the list of performers is the United States Army's "Golden Knights" Parachute Demonstration Team.

The U.S. Marine Corps will also be sending their AV-8-B Harrier-Three jet...one of the loudest aircrafts in the current inventory.

The Air Force Heritage flight will also be making an appearance at this year's air show...along with many other acts, including fly bys, a Russian MiG-17, and a demonstration by a B-52-Bomber.

Duluth Airshow organizer, Ryan Kern, says they wanted to create a different atmosphere for spectators.

"We kinda felt that we needed to try and bring in something that people seriously haven't seen in Minnesota and a good way to do that is to try and work with the Canadian Government and feature the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and then also augment that with the Russians in the MiG-17 and the MiG-21," Kern says.

The Duluth Airshow is the largest spectator event North of the Twin Cities and draws more than 50-thousand people.

This year it will take off on September 22nd and 23rd at the Duluth International Airport.

For more information, go to www.DuluthAirshow.com

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.