Snowbirds prepare for June airshow

Two pilots stand next to a Snowbirds jet.
Snowbird 10, Captain Blake McNaughton (left) and Snowbird 11, Captain Robbie Hindle (right). Photo: Borden Citizen

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By Yanik Gagnon, Borden Citizen

On January 25, Snowbird 10 Captain Blake McNaughton and Snowbird 11 Capt Robbie Hindle visited Lake Simcoe Regional Airport to plan for the 2018 Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Day and Airshow.

The purpose of their late-January visit was to give a sneak peek of their upcoming tour. Dressed in the Snowbirds’ iconic red suits, the two pilots were ready to answer questions from fans without ruining any surprises.

With an upcoming air show at CFB Borden on June 2 and 3, the Snowbirds are more than excited to perform once again at the biggest training base in Canada, according to Capt McNaughton.

“We always put on a different show,” he said. “Every year we come up with a new routine and you’re still going to see sweeping plane acrobatics synchronized with dynamic soundtracks, narrations and dedicated pilots.”

For the past 48 years, the Snowbirds have called Moose Jaw, Sask. home. They train vigorously not only to put on a good show, but to give the spectators a new perspective on the CAF.

While some of the Snowbird pilots have been part of the team for years, there are new faces in their ranks this season, including Capt Robbie Hindle from Midland, Ont. With 4 years of piloting experience, Capt Hindle will be performing his very first show with the Snowbirds this year.

“It’s very exciting,” Capt Hindle said. “One of the main reason why I wanted to be part of the team was to bring the Snowbirds closer to the community and to see all the excitement we bring to people.”

For Lieutenant-Colonel Hewitt, Chief of Staff of Military Personnel Generation Training Group at CFB Borden, the air show is a great opportunity to bring the community together and show them what the CAF has to offer.

“It’s an exciting partnership with the Snowbirds,” LCol Hewitt said. “The Snowbirds have really good ties with the community. It’s a great way for us to display what the CAF is really about.”

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