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U.S., Canadian Flying Teams in Pensacola
cnews.canoe.ca ^ | May 9, 2005 | Writing Staff

Posted on 05/11/2005 6:35:05 PM PDT by NorthOf45

U.S., Cdn flying teams in Pensacola

Canoe Network ... cnews
May 9, 2005

PENSACOLA, Fla. (CP) - Canada's Snowbirds will join both American military precision flying teams as well as U.S. army and navy parachute squads for a pair of rare joint public appearances Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting.

The Blue Angels will host the other teams for practice shows at Pensacola Naval Air Station, where the Navy flight demonstration squadron is based.

The flying is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., which is when the Blue Angels normally conduct public practice sessions, and continue through 1 p.m. both days. Public viewing will be allowed only from a designated area behind the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

The air force's Thunderbirds, headquartered at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; the army's Golden Knights Parachute Team from Fort Bragg, N.C., and the navy's Leap Frogs from Coronado Naval Amphibious Base, Calif., also will perform.

The Snowbirds and Golden Knights are scheduled to remain in the Florida Panhandle for shows Saturday and Sunday at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City.

The Canadian team fills the sky with nine CT-114 Tutor training jets. The U.S. jet teams have six planes each, the Blue Angels flying F/A-18 Hornets and the Thunderbirds flying F-16 Fighting Falcons.

The Snowbirds are celebrating their 35th anniversary this year and to date have flown for over 116 million spectators across North America.


TOPICS: Canada; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: blueangels; canada; canadiantroops; jointexercises; snowbirds
Something Canadians can be proud of. I love these joint events ...


1 posted on 05/11/2005 6:35:05 PM PDT by NorthOf45
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To: NorthOf45

And this is the air force of the Realm of Canada. Yeah right.


2 posted on 05/11/2005 6:38:23 PM PDT by NZerFromHK ("US libs...hypocritical, naive, pompous...if US falls it will be because of these" - Tao Kit (HK))
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To: NorthOf45

I am actually surprised that the Canadians were able to fly their Sopwith Camels that far to penasacola.:-)


3 posted on 05/11/2005 6:41:17 PM PDT by puppypusher
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To: puppypusher

Mind you, Canada is spelled L-I-B-E-R-A-L.


4 posted on 05/11/2005 6:43:04 PM PDT by NZerFromHK ("US libs...hypocritical, naive, pompous...if US falls it will be because of these" - Tao Kit (HK))
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To: NorthOf45

Oooooh! I wish I could see that!

Thanks for posting.


5 posted on 05/11/2005 6:44:31 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: NorthOf45; darkwing104; Cool Multiservice Soldier; Kathy in Alaska; cedarswingman; radu

I would love to be there and see all that! DANG!!


6 posted on 05/11/2005 6:46:42 PM PDT by StarCMC (Free tagline courtesy of JesseJane!)
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To: NorthOf45
I had the chance to watch most of them yesterday. The flying was pretty day good.
7 posted on 05/11/2005 6:50:06 PM PDT by Little_shoe ("For Sailor MEN in Battle fair since fighting days of old have earned the right.to the blue and gold)
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To: NZerFromHK; puppypusher

Yeah, yeah, yeah. ; )


8 posted on 05/11/2005 6:54:33 PM PDT by NorthOf45
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To: dixiechick2000; StarCMC; Little_shoe

I wish I could be there too ... dang!


9 posted on 05/11/2005 6:56:00 PM PDT by NorthOf45
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To: NorthOf45; nuconvert

BUMP


10 posted on 05/11/2005 7:00:57 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: NorthOf45

We vacation in that area every year. This spring though we had to go farther east due to the hurricane clean up still ongoing. I missed seeing the Blue Angels fly - we go to the NAS while we're there on a Tuesday. I got their autographs a couple years ago. *sigh*


11 posted on 05/11/2005 7:02:12 PM PDT by StarCMC (Free tagline courtesy of JesseJane!)
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To: puppypusher

While of course I salute the barbs generated towards our northern friends, anyone that bad mouths the flying ability or danger associated with the Snowbirds doesn't have a clue. Having watched them fly dozens of times, I can attest to the very difficult routine they fly, especially with an underpowered, very old jet.

And, having flown in the right seat of the number 4 jet (the slot) during a practice flight, I can assure you these pilots are good, DAMN good. And you haven't lived until you've been in a nine ship landing!


12 posted on 05/11/2005 7:45:24 PM PDT by Nova Reservist (Formation sets apart the men from the boys)
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To: Aeronaut

(((.)))


13 posted on 05/11/2005 7:58:06 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (End dependence on foreign oil- put a Slowpoke in your basement)
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To: Squawk 8888

the Snowbirds is the one thing we Canadians can be proud of militarily

ain't that a sad statement in a way

and the government is thinking of scrapping the Snowbirds

now I think if Martin did that, he could lose an election on that issue......

I live on the local airport's approach route, and when the Snowbirds come to town, you can just sit in my front yard and watch the show, the noise they make is so awesome


14 posted on 05/11/2005 8:10:13 PM PDT by littlelilac
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To: NZerFromHK
I suspect that you will find the makeup of the Canadian Military very similar to our own. They are also sworn to serve their elected officials including the incompetent.

Give the Snowbirds the respect they deserve for their service and their flying ability. Feel free to hammer their leaders but remember, some of us served under Klintoon and Carter also, and hated every minute of it.

15 posted on 05/11/2005 8:18:22 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: littlelilac
the Snowbirds is the one thing we Canadians can be proud of militarily

I believe there is more to be proud of when considering our armed forces. It is the suits and politicians that bring it down. That being said, the Snowbirds are definitely a highlight.
16 posted on 05/11/2005 8:19:38 PM PDT by NorthOf45
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To: Little_shoe

WOW...GREAT shot of a rare meeting...THANK YOU for posting!


17 posted on 05/11/2005 11:26:08 PM PDT by ATCNavyRetiree (I can most times spot a liberal...they look weak, cowardly and undisciplined.)
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To: Squawk 8888; Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; ...

18 posted on 05/12/2005 2:23:06 AM PDT by Aeronaut (I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things - Saint-Exupery)
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To: Aeronaut
Many thanks for the ping, Aeronaut, I wish I could have been there to see that. I love those joint flying events, even more so that my days of active participation have sadly ended.

It would have been an enjoyable trip, and the sound of the massed recips music to my ears.. even if they weren't round. I could still enjoy them....

again, many thanks for the ping.

Greg

19 posted on 05/12/2005 4:38:55 AM PDT by gwmoore (As the manual for the Russian Nagant revolver states: "Target Practice:'At the Deserter, FIRE' '')
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To: NorthOf45

My son is in Air Force Tech School at Pensacola.

Every chance he gets he has been watching these teams practice for the past week.


20 posted on 05/12/2005 6:48:09 AM PDT by Pylot
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To: NorthOf45

They'll be at the Reno Air races in September, too. Sharing the billing with the Thunderbirds.

WooHoo! The Snowbirds are a great team.


21 posted on 05/12/2005 6:59:28 AM PDT by hattend (Alaska....in a time warp all it's own!)
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To: NZerFromHK
And this is the air force of the Realm of Canada.

Yeah, but Helen sold yours at a garage sale...

22 posted on 05/12/2005 3:50:37 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Rick Nash will score 50 goals this season ( if there is a season)
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To: NZerFromHK

The Snowbird may not fly the most whiz-bang of today's jets, but they are DAMN good at what they do!

And as for the RCAF...they occasionally fly CF-18's down to airshows...and those guys can FLY! Tricked-out shows with the best of them.

I have great respect for those fliers!


23 posted on 05/12/2005 3:56:02 PM PDT by hoagy62 (Revolution is now the ONLY option.)
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To: hattend
They'll be at the Reno Air races in September, too. Sharing the billing with the Thunderbirds.

Great news! I never miss the Reno Air Races.

24 posted on 05/12/2005 4:04:57 PM PDT by adaven
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To: NorthOf45
I salute the good Canadians who are willing to join its armed forces.

But what's with those jets? They look like jet technology from the late 1950s.

25 posted on 05/12/2005 4:10:02 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone

Tutor Trainers

They aren't fast, but the Snowbirds fly them TIGHT.


26 posted on 05/12/2005 4:12:46 PM PDT by hattend (Alaska....in a time warp all it's own!)
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To: Dog Gone

There has been talk of switching to CF-18s I believe. It's tradition ... for now ... to fly the Tutors. They WILL have to upgrade eventually though.


27 posted on 05/12/2005 6:47:58 PM PDT by NorthOf45
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To: buccaneer81

You are exactly right. Give the Canucks another five years, and they will go down our way as well.


28 posted on 05/12/2005 7:05:21 PM PDT by NZerFromHK ("US libs...hypocritical, naive, pompous...if US falls it will be because of these" - Tao Kit (HK))
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To: All
Maple Flag XXXVIII - Canadian International Air Combat Exercise
29 posted on 05/12/2005 8:39:02 PM PDT by NorthOf45
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