Ghostwriter Airshows

This August, the Abbotsford International Airshow in Canada is set to dazzle spectators with an array of impressive aircraft and performances. One of the most anticipated highlights of the event is the stunning performance of GhostWriter, a Super Chipmunk aircraft with a storied past and an exceptional pilot, Nathan K. Hammond.

GhostWriter’s history dates back to its initial design in 1956 as a trainer aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Over the years, it has undergone significant modifications to become a premier airshow aerobatics and skywriting marvel. With a dedicated team investing nearly 3,000 man-hours over two years, GhostWriter now boasts a cruising speed of 150mph and a range of over 500 miles. Its climbing prowess reaches 2,500 feet per minute with an impressive ceiling of 17,500 feet.

Nathan K. Hammond’s Journey 

Nathan K. Hammond is the skilled pilot behind GhostWriter. His fascination with airplanes began at an early age, growing up in Rhinebeck, New York, where the airplanes and airshows at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome inspired him. Soloing an aircraft at just 16 years old and earning his pilot’s license at 17, Nathan has accumulated over 7,000 hours of flight time in various aircraft types, from vintage 1917 Curtiss Jenny’s to modern Cessna Citations.

Nathan joined SkyDancer Airshows in 1998, and since taking the controls of the GhostWriter in 2016, he has captivated audiences with his mastery of airshow flying and skywriting techniques. Equipped with a commercial pilot rating and an Airframe and Power Plant Mechanics License, Nathan brings unparalleled expertise and passion to airshow performances.

A Performance to Remember

GhostWriter is an exceptional two-act performer. His shows begin with a heart-stopping 350hp, 200mph aerobatics display featuring smoke trails, loops, rolls, and long verticals that demonstrate the extraordinary capabilities of this 1950s-era trainer on steroids. 

When night falls, GhostWriter transforms into a mesmerizing celebration of light — adorned with 4,000 LED lights and over 250 pounds of pyrotechnics. He dances through the sky in a customizable light show tailored to the event’s theme. This incredible display of light and motion leaves a lasting impression on audiences, showcasing the aircraft’s true versatility and its talented pilot.

Don’t Miss Out, and Get Your Tickets Today!

GhostWriter will perform during the Twilight Show on Friday, August 11, and the rest of the weekend. This year, join thousands of aviation enthusiasts and families in witnessing the unforgettable performance of GhostWriter and other incredible aircraft at the Abbotsford International Airshow.