VANCOUVER – No, it wasn’t a UFO…
A spectacular lights and fireworks show over English Bay on Sunday night had lots of people talking, but that display is like no other.
Two planes from Alberta-based Team Rocket took off from Abbotsford and practiced using their pyrotechnics they will display at this year’s Abbotsford International Airshow.
The two planes have fireworks strapped underneath their wings and let loose over English Bay.
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The result was a breathtaking fireworks display as the planes crisscrossed over the city. The typical fireworks show lasts up to five minutes and costs eight dollars, per airplane, per second.
It’s an extremely rare and risky show.
The two pilots fly only a few metres apart at more than 300 kilometres per hour.
But they say they’ve mitigated the risks and the end result is worth it.
“It is the coolest thing,” says Ken Fowler, Team Rocket pilot. “Flying formation at night, it is very difficult. Formation flying with two aircraft is very difficult. Formation at night is that much more difficult. Now to light polytechnics off of our aircraft while we’re doing that can make it extremely difficult.”
“But it is so much fun.”
The light show was documented on social media with people wondering what it was:
The full fireworks display will be launched at the Abbotsford International Airshow on the evening of August 8.
Check out some footage here: