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Snowbirds Celebrate 35 Years of Hearts
15 Wing - Moose Jaw website ^ | November 2, 2005 | Lieutenant Petra Smith

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 (Ret’d) 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 School’s 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.


TOPICS: Canada; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; snowbirds
The only thing I can add is ...


1 posted on 11/03/2005 12:40:14 PM PST by NorthOf45
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To: Clive; GMMAC; fanfan

Ping


2 posted on 11/03/2005 12:40:41 PM PST by NorthOf45
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To: NorthOf45

I saw them at the Air Show at Ellington in Hosuton recently. They are great!


3 posted on 11/03/2005 12:42:43 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Eternity? Smoking or nonsmoking?)
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To: isthisnickcool

They are great pilots - now they just need some real planes. ;)


4 posted on 11/03/2005 12:44:16 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (Speaking several languages is an asset; keeping your mouth shut in one is priceless.)
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To: NorthOf45
"We are tremendously proud of the legacy of excellence that we have inherited,"

And surely they have every reason to be very proud. They serve with honor.

5 posted on 11/03/2005 12:52:09 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

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.


6 posted on 11/03/2005 12:55:40 PM PST by NorthOf45
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To: isthisnickcool
They put on a good display.

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.

7 posted on 11/03/2005 12:57:30 PM PST by Clive
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To: Mr. Jeeves

But that will cost real money, which the Liberals are not going to hand out.


8 posted on 11/03/2005 1:00:25 PM PST by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: NorthOf45
I always feel sorry for the Forces.

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?

9 posted on 11/03/2005 1:02:06 PM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are sober people in Africa !)
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To: Mr. Jeeves; Valin; alfa6; Iris7; SAMWolf
They are great pilots - now they just need some real planes. ;)

ROFLOL

10 posted on 11/03/2005 1:09:00 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Get off the phone you big dope!)
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To: NorthOf45; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; coteblanche; Ryle; albertabound; mitchbert; ..

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11 posted on 11/03/2005 1:12:33 PM PST by Clive
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To: Mr. Jeeves

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.


12 posted on 11/03/2005 1:30:21 PM PST by -YYZ-
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To: Clive

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.


13 posted on 11/03/2005 1:37:06 PM PST by -YYZ-
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To: NorthOf45

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.


14 posted on 11/03/2005 1:39:51 PM PST by wtc911 (see my profile for how to contribute to a pentagon heroes fund)
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To: NorthOf45

Canada has an Air Force?


15 posted on 11/03/2005 1:41:28 PM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: MikeWUSAF

Canada has an Air Farce.


16 posted on 11/03/2005 2:05:03 PM PST by Sundog (cheers)
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To: Professional Engineer; Clive
All kidding aside, these pilots do some remarkable routines.

From Abbotsford this year

Not sure where these next two were taken.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

17 posted on 11/03/2005 2:58:19 PM PST by alfa6 (He who hath so hath who he)
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To: NorthOf45

Post 17 for you

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


18 posted on 11/03/2005 2:59:35 PM PST by alfa6 (He who hath so hath who he)
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To: wtc911
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.

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.

19 posted on 11/03/2005 3:02:04 PM PST by Palisades (Cthulhu in 2008! Why settle for the lesser evil?)
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To: -YYZ-
"Was that the accident with the Nimrod?"

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.

20 posted on 11/03/2005 3:20:51 PM PST by Clive
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To: alfa6
The third image ... very nice. Here's two more for you ...




21 posted on 11/03/2005 7:35:21 PM PST by NorthOf45
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Mr. Jeeves:

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:

http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/equip/grfx/equip_gallery/hawk/wallpaper/NFTCHawk-3.jpg


22 posted on 11/04/2005 7:52:27 AM PST by Levante
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