Canadian Forces Snowbirds launch cross-Canada tour


The Canadian Forces Snowbirds perform over 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, on April 11, 2017. PHOTO: Master Seaman Roxanne Wood

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will cross the country to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19. This mission is being dubbed Operation Inspiration.

The team’s signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, will fly over cities across the country starting in Nova Scotia this weekend and working west throughout the week.

The team will release anticipated locations, routes, and times on their social media platforms each day. Flyovers will occur at an elevation no lower than 500 feet above all obstacles.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds paused operations on March 20, 2020, to preserve the team’s health.

The members have been at home physically distancing since that time.

“We’ve been asked to do what we do best… inspire Canadians,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Snowbirds. “Through Operation INSPIRATION, we not only want to salute the front-line health-care workers, first responders, and essential workers, but also all Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want Canadians to know we’re in this with you.”

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