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Posted on 11/03/2005 12:40:13 PM PST by NorthOf45
Snowbirds Celebrate 35 Years of Hearts
Lieutenant Petra Smith
November 2, 2005
Canadian Forces Snowbird technicians salute as the pilots fly in the nine plane line abreast formation as a tribute to Canada's Veterans during the year-end show October 14 in Moose Jaw, Sask. Photo by Mike Sroka.
MOOSE JAW, SASK Snowbirds past and present reunited in the Friendly City in October to share camaraderie, their love of aviation and memories of realizing a childhood dream.
It is wonderful to return to Moose Jaw every five years and relive a time when things were really exciting, said Major-General (Retd) Glen Younghusband, the first Snowbird lead pilot, who has been to every reunion. The Snowbirds are a wonderful Canadian institution; the chance to come back and spend time with them (the Snowbirds) is fantastic.
For the 450 Snowbirds who returned to Moose Jaw for the reunion, memories of their acceptance on the team, flying in the red and white CT-114 Tutor over the beautiful Prairie landscape, and performing in air shows across North America were relived and celebrated.
It was great being on the first Snowbirds team and having the opportunity to think about how the team should be formed and how it should operate, said Maj.-Gen. Younghusband. It is humbling to see that the team has maintained the same high standard of professionalism and still flies some of the original formations, like the heart.
"We are tremendously proud of the legacy of excellence that we have inherited," said Major Ian McLean, team lead and commanding officer, Canadian Forces Snowbirds. "The 35th anniversary weekend was a wonderful opportunity for past and present Snowbirds to reunite in our hometown of Moose Jaw and celebrate the team's tradition of professionalism, dedication and teamwork."
Focussing on camaraderie and celebration, the 35th anniversary weekend included welcome receptions, the year-end show and a red and white ball.
While the Snowbirds celebrated their tradition of dedicated service to Canada, they also raised about $11,000.00 with a silent auction in support of the Moose Jaw Peacock Collegiate Schools No Regrets campaign, affiliated with Safe Saskatchewan and SMARTRISK. As ambassadors for SMARTRISK, an organization that encourages youth to take calculated risks, the Snowbirds remind young Canadians to know the risks, get the training and wear the gear.
The Snowbirds' mission is to demonstrate the professionalism, dedication and teamwork of the Canadian Forces across North America and to act as a platform for recruiting. On September 17, 2005, the Snowbirds performed their 2,000th show in Reno, Nevada, with more than 50,000 spectators present.
I saw them at the Air Show at Ellington in Hosuton recently. They are great!
They are great pilots - now they just need some real planes. ;)
And surely they have every reason to be very proud. They serve with honor.
I have no problem with the size, speed and manoeuverability of the planes. It's their age and reliability that concerns me. I'm also afraid that when it comes time to retire the current planes, the Snowbirds may be mothballed rather than provided with new hardware.
But the XYL won't go to an air show any more since we witnessed a mid-air collision which resulted in one pilot augering in to Lake Ontario and the other one ejecting seconds before his aircraft exploded.
But that will cost real money, which the Liberals are not going to hand out.
There are some great folks who want to be good protectors of their country. Very sincere. But the government seems to think it is more inportant to only let them play dress up soldier with Grand Dad's pinched equipment.
The Snowbirds do a heck of a job with the equipment they are given, eh?
Actually, those planes are unique suited to the type of aerobatics they do. I don't know what they will do when they must finally retire them all - no particular reason they must, I guess.
Was that the accident with the Nimrod? That was quite shocking to see a plane that size lose control like that, and quite sad, too. I worked with some RCAF pilots who knew those guys.
I thought that the title referred to Jewish annual-winter transplants from Long Island to Florida and their long-running card game...I really did.
Canada has an Air Force?
Canada has an Air Farce.
From Abbotsford this year
Not sure where these next two were taken.
Post 17 for you
Weird. I though much the same thing, only involving Canadian retirees. Florida is apparently full of "illegal" Canadian retirees who stay in the US more than 6 months at a time.
No, it was two snowbirds coming into contact coming off the top of a formation loop, while vertical downward. One aircraft just kept going straight in and the pilot was killed. At the CNE airshow
The other aircraft recovered enough to get some height and point himself toward Hamilton so as to avoid the shore and the spectator boats offshore. He was on fire but he had the shoreline and the CNE crowd to the north, the Island Airport to the east and a large fleet of spectator pleasure craft to the south so he had only one way to aim before he ejected. He got out seconds before the aircraft exploded.
I heard a rumor from a Canadian Air Force crewchief (about 2 years ago during joint manuevers at Zaragoza Airbase, Spain) that the Snowbirds were eventually going to replace their Tutor aircraft with this:
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