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Posted on 12/10/2004 9:41:49 AM PST by NorthOf45
2 Snowbirds crash in Saskatchewan
December 10, 2004
MOSSBANK, SASK. - Two Canadian Forces Snowbirds crashed Friday morning while the jets were on a practice flight near Mossbank, Sask.
Air force officials say the jets collided in mid-air during one of their daily training missions.
Early reports say the pilots were able to eject, but there's no word on their condition. Captain Jay Walker of 15 Wing said there was one pilot in each aircraft.
Lt. Andrea Collins said a ground search and rescue team is at the site, located near the town of Ardill.
The Canadian Forces is scheduled to hold a news conference at CFB Moose Jaw later Friday.
All flying training missions at the base have been suspended during the investigation into the crash.
The Snowbirds fly 11 Canadair Tutor aircraft: nine perform as a team in air shows and two other spare jets fill in when the others are down for maintenance or repairs.
The planes were used as training aircraft by the air force until 2000.
Mossbank, about 65 kilometres southwest of Moose Jaw, is home base to the aerobatic team.
Prayers sent for the pilots and their families.
I am glad that they ejected, now I pray that they will be found safe and sound. Thank you friend from the North
Mossbank is not that far from here.
Saw the Snowbirds as a kid while visiting the Horseshoe Falls. My family was up in the Tower (is it the Skylon?) eating lunch when the Birds flew UNDER us. Back then they appeared to be flying F-4C Phantoms. That kind of gets your attention.
Wasn't there just a different Snowbirds carsh several months ago?
BTW, I saw a show on the Wings channel about the snowbirds. They fly from show to show. THe funny thing easch of those aircraft have a luggage compartment accessed through a hatch in the side of the nose. It's funny to see a pilot taking his luggage out on arrival.
Must be terrible to lose the entire Canadian Air Force in one accident...
It is sad to hear brave Canadians die. They need more up there.
Wow, no post is spared from this tripe, is it?
As of 1:05 EST, reports are still that both pilots ejected. No word on their condition yet.
They're always crashing. Those Tudors are deathtraps. As a matter of fact, the Snowbirds may be gone in a couple of years because service and maintanence costs are so high for these jets (state of the art in 1959. It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic), and as they can't afford to buy new ones (even second-hand), they may cancel the whole program. Welcome to Canada, Land of the Free, home of the social-programs-are-more-important-than-being-able-to-defend-ourselves-or-at-least-contribute-to-those-who-do.
Still a good looking bird.
Agreed...very modern looking.
In May, two pilots from 15 Wing escaped from a Hawk training jet before it crashed into a field northwest of the base. Other than that, the last Snowbird incident I believe was in 1998.
Always crashing? When was the last time one crashed?
From the Snowbirds' website, www.rcaf.com/snowbirds/aircraft.htm comes a list of differences between the Snowbird aircraft and the standard Tutor: "transistorized rather than tube radio to enable communication between planes before engine start"
I've always enjoyed watching the Snowbirds. Hopefully these pilots are OK.
The neat thing about the Snowbirds, is that they can put on a very different sort of show because of the nimble little plane and the mere fact that they do nine-plane formations and maneuvers. Gives them some different sorts of options from the four and five plane formations that the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds do.
Always a good show.
The F-86 Sabre Jet is still one of the most beautiful planes ever.
Glad they appear to be okay (hopefully they are). You have to love a base named "Moose Jaw".
"The F-86 Sabre Jet is still one of the most beautiful planes ever."
At one time, the RCAF had over 1,100 in service!
Some RCAF Sabre images:
Yes! I once met a fellow who flew them in Korea and who owned one in 1990. He told me they are great flyers too.
Prayers going out for the pilots having ejected safely!
Some really neat Tutor images:
Dang - I hope they're okay.
Saw the 'birds when I was a kid. They were pretty cool.
I really hope our friends up North get a clue before their entire military sinks/crashes/whatever. It's pretty sad.
I thought this thread was going to be about old people headed to Florida:') Prayers for the pilots.
Come to think of it, I think they were flying T-33's. I think that the Phantoms may have been from the US Airforce Thunderbirds. I don't recall the deep blue paint job of the Blue Angels -- process of elimination.
Snowbird pilot dies in Saskatchewan crash
Two Canadian Forces Snowbirds crashed in mid-air Friday morning while on a routine practice flight over southern Saskatchewan, killing one pilot and injuring a second
Prayers to the family. My heart sinks with this news.
Right along with the F100.
F104 Starfighter, prettiest ever made!
I had a neighbor in Aiken, SC who flew one and he would be the first to agree with you. But my favorite of all has got to be the A26. Don't know if you ever saw the movie, "Always", but in it, they were flying A26's.
I know what you are talking about, pretty plane and fast too for it's time. Wasn't it built by Martin?
The Starfighter was built by Lockheed:
Here's a follow-up:
'Shocking' Snowbird Rescue Wait
With loss of helicopters to budget cuts, race to fallen airmen took 47 minutes.
Sad news, NorthOf45.
I hope the pilots made it out of their planes and are retreived safely.
I've seen the Snowbirds fly at several Air Shows at Andrews AFB.
They put on a much better show than the Thunderbirds!
And these ar just the fatalities. At least twice a year there's an incident where the pilot has to eject.
Lest We Forget:
The Snowbirds are well-known for their skill, but they are not immune to tragedy. Five Snowbird pilots have lost their lives in the performance of their duty. We remember them! Every Snowbird performance is a tribute to these men ... and to all the men and women of the Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron who have dedicated themselves to excellence.
Capt Lloyd Waterer, Snowbird #8 Lead Solo
Killed during an airshow in Trenton Ontario 1972 Age 24
Capt Gordon de Jong, Snowbird #8 Lead Solo
Killed during an airshow in Grand Prairie, AB 1978 Age 32
Capt Wes Mackay, Snowbird #8 Lead Solo
Killed in a motor vehicle accident Pennsylvania 1988 Age 28
Capt Shane Antaya, Snowbird #2 Inner Right Wing
Killed during an airshow in Toronto Ontario 1989 (CNE) Age 26
Capt Michael VandenBos, Snowbird #2 Inner Right Wing
Killed during a training mission Moose Jaw December 10, 1998 Age 29
Capt Miles Selby, Snowbird #8 Opposing Solo
Killed during a training mission Moose Jaw December 10, 2004 Age 31
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