Snowbirds complete 2018 spring training at 19 Wing Comox

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The Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, carried out their spring training for the 2018 season out of 19 Wing Comox. Photo: DND/CAF

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 The Totem Times

The Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, carried out their spring training for the 2018 season out of 19 Wing Comox in April.

The CF Snowbirds are a Canadian icon comprised of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and National Defence Public Service employees.

Pilots, technicians, mobile support operators, resource management support clerks, an engineering officer, a logistics officer, and a public affairs officer representing all three elements – Army, Navy and Air Force – work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the Canadian public.

Serving as ambassadors of the CAF, the CF Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of skill, professionalism, teamwork, discipline, and dedication inherent in the men and women of the CAF. They inspire the pursuit of excellence wherever they go in North America.

The Snowbirds honed their aerobatic skills during spring training. They put the finishing touches on their high and low shows for the North American public.

They flew practices twice daily, weather permitting, in the early morning and early afternoon over 19 Wing and the Strait of Georgia.

“Flying in the Comox Valley, B.C. provides the team with an ideal opportunity to practice flying the show over water and diverse terrain, so we are prepared to perform across North America,” explains Major Denis Bandet, Snowbirds Team Lead.

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2018 Theme: A Tradition of Military Aviation Excellence

The CF Snowbirds proudly and eagerly uphold the legacy of military aviation excellence as Canada’s Air Demonstration Team.

The 2018 CF Snowbirds reflect the diversity and opportunities available equally to men and women in the Canadian military. Each member of the Snowbirds team is a full-time serving member who demonstrates the skill, professionalism, and teamwork essential to achieving aviation excellence.

In their 48th season, the Snowbirds continue to inspire with thrilling aerobatic performances and breathtaking fly-bys over cities and towns across Canada and the United States.

The CF Snowbirds invite you to see them showcasing their aviation expertise at an air show near you. Come meet the pilots, the public affairs officer, and highly skilled technicians.

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