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Canadian Snowbirds arrive in Santa Maria for Central Coast Air Fest

The Canadian Snowbirds precision flight team flew into the Santa Maria Airport Thursday afternoon for the inaugural Central Coast Air Fest air show this weekend.

The Snowbirds are making their debut on the Central Coast at the air show on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 at the Santa Maria Airport.

The Canadian Snowbirds exhibition is similar to the U.S. Blue Angels and Thunderbirds precision flight teams.

“What you’re going to see is nine aircraft in tight formation doing things that most airplanes won’t do by themselves, so it’s pretty radical”, said Capt. Blake McNaughton with the Canadian Snowbirds, “I know that I was inspired as a kid in watching the teams like the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels, showing people working together to achieve something that’s amazing, that’s what you are going to see over the skies of Santa Maria this weekend, you’re going to see those nine airplanes doing things you don’t expect that will blow you away.”

The inaugural Central Coast Air Fest will include flight demonstrations from other vintage aircraft including the World War II-era P-38 Lightning as well as other aerobatic displays.

The weekend air show will have food trucks, a beer garden, a McDonald’s kids play zone and other attractions.

More information about the inaugural Central Coast Air Fest and advance ticket sales can be found at

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