Eyes were on the skies during the Living Skies airshow, which was held on Sunday at the Estevan Regional Airport.

A variety of performers entertained the crowd with heart stopping loops and adrenaline pumping spins, flying aircraft that ranged from vintage era to cutting edge technology.

Brent Handy from Moose Jaw was the first to take to the sky. Strapping into his Pitts Special, he brought the show front and center to the spectators, demonstrating his plane's capabilities and his military flying discipline. Then, skydiving team Skydive South Sask jumped out of their Cessna 182, and flew colored smoke flares and the Canada flag smoothly to the ground across the apron.

Brent Handy puts his aircraft through it's paces.

 Following that was Saskatchewan pilot Stefan Trischuk, of Discovery Channel's show, 'Airshow' fame. He put his Pipistrel Virus through   it's paces in front of the onlookers, before giving way to the next act. That was Geoff Latter from British Columbia. He manipulated his   plane through a number of different moves, flying his restored Nanchang CJ-6A that was purchased from the Chinese military in 2012.

 Upon Latter's landing the U.S based Vanguard Squadron, consisting of Gary Middlebrooks and Mark Ketcham, lifted off and showcased   the abilities of their Vans RV-3's, fueled entirely by Ethanol. Once they were finished, brothers David and Drew Watson took flight in their   North American Harvards and performed a number of different formation flying stunts. The Harvards were originally used to train pilots in   World War 2. Now, however, they thrill crowds across the continent with their loud and powerful engines and maneuvering capabilities.

Photo: Heliana de Souza-Wagner

 Handy then returned to the sky for an encore of his earlier performance. This was his second airshow in Estevan, the first being when he   opened for the Snowbirds in 2016.

 "It's super exciting, and I love working with the team. Airport Manager Richard Reetz, in particular, has always been extremely   professional to work with. That makes it real easy for me as a performer, so I can focus on my job of flying a good show," he said.

As for Reetz, he was quite happy with the outcome of the event.

"I was really pleased with how it went this year. We have a great group of volunteers and people from the City, it was tremendous," he expressed, noting that the airshow was different than the previous one, but that this one built on it.

"We had a different crowd, and a different group of aircraft. I think it built on some of the success from last year, and we learned a few more things. Going forward, when we're ready to do this again, we'll learn from that and we'll make it even better next time."

The events concluded with the unveiling and dedication of the monument to the plane crash of 1946. Darren Jones, who sculpted it with a chainsaw, christened it, 'Forever In The Clouds."

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