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is ready to show the public what his Yak-50 airplane can do.
, who just turned 70, will be taking to the skies for the Dam Pub Airshow on July 1 atThornbury
, which will actually be his second show since he came out of retirement. He is scheduled to take part in an airshow in Orillia on June 30.
The show is to showcasePrice
and his Russian-built plane, which is known for its handling.
show kicks off at 2 p.m. on July 1 and will last about 10 minutes above the waters of Georgian Bay atThornbury
"They have the Canada Day parade and everything and it wraps up around 1 (p. m.) and they wander down to the harbour and I will put on a 10- minute airshow," saidPrice
who, along with his wife and daughter, is an owner of the Dam Pub inThornbury
will practice on June 28 at 2 p.m. over the harbour atThornbury
The show will include rolls, turns and spins, displaying the capabilities of the aircraft.
Speeds during the performance will reach 400 kilometres an hour and G forces will range from +7 to -5.
"It is just up and down and around with all sorts of moves," saidPrice
, adding his plane will "do everything."
The Yak-50 was designed by the Russian military as an advanced aerobatic trainer.Price's
aircraft is serial number 01 and was the first Yak-50 produced in 1972 at the factory in Smolensk, Russia. A total of 312 of the planes were built and about 60 of them are still flying.
The plane has a wingspan of 9.5 metres and a weight of 900 kilograms. It is bigger than most aerobatic planes.
"It's a handful to throw around the air," saidPrice
. "It takes two hands."
started flying more than a half century ago. He flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a CF-104 nuclear strike pilot before becoming a commercial pilot, spending 36 years with Air Canada before retiring in 2002. He flew aerobatics for decades and is a Canadian national aerobatics champion. He flew at the World Aerobatic Championships three times, the last time in 1988.
After he retiredPrice
didn't have much to do with airplanes, but he couldn't stay away. He bought the Yak-50 from a seller in the U.S. and when he first got it to Canada last year he wasn't sure he would be able to do the aerobatic maneouvres. Since that time he has been practising with the Yak-50 at the Billy Bishop Regional Airport just west of Owen Sound and he feels he is ready to put on a show for the public. He has other airshows lined up in New York State and Tillsonburg, Ont.