Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds

The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds will perform for the first time at the 2019 OC Air Show, June 15-16, 2019 over the beaches and boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland.   The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of active duty members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their pilots... View Article


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The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds will perform for the first time at the 2019 OC Air Show, June 15-16, 2019 over the beaches and boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland.

 

The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of active duty members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the skill, professionalism and teamwork inherent in the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Canadian Armed Forces.

 

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The CAF Snowbirds fly the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, a Canadian-built jet that was used by the Canadian Forces as a basic pilot-training aircraft form 1963 until 2000. The Tutor weighs approximately 7,170 lbs (3,260 kg) and is powered by a J-85 engine producing 2,700 pounds of thrust.

 

The 431 Air Demonstration Squadron consists of approximately 80 Canadian Forces personnel, 24 of whom comprise the show team that travels during the show season. The Snowbirds’ demanding schedule is met through the dedicated teamwork of not only the eleven military pilots and technicians, but also the entire home team.

 

The CAF Snowbirds leave their home base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and travel to Comox, British Columbia in April each year for about two weeks to practice over different terrain. Starting in May until mid-October each year the team travels across North America performing at various air shows. On average the team will fly approximately 60 air shows at 40 different locations during a single season across North America. Throughout the six month air show season, the Snowbirds return to their home base about four times for a couple of days to perform some maintenance on the aircraft.

 

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