Fly With The Snowbirds On Their 2500th Show
Saturday afternoon Canadian Forces Jet Demonstration Team the Snowbirds flew its 2500th official airshow in Drummondville, Quebec. Former team lead, President of the Snowbirds Alumni Association & Society of Honorary Snowbirds, Dan Dempsey said, "Consider how many miles the team has travelled over the last 45 years, how many hours have been logged by the show team and the thousands of hours that have gone into maintaining the jets, this is truly a remarkable achievement of which we can all be justifiably proud."
Video: Match Productions. Snowbirds 2500e spectacle aérien / 2500th air show!
As an honorary Snowbird and on behalf of everyone at All Things Aero I'd like to congratulate the entire squadron on the milestone. Dan's record keeping shows the team flew its 1,000th show on 20 May 1990 at the CFB Namao (Edmonton) airshow and the 2,000th show at the Reno Air Races, Nevada on 17 September 2005.
Earlier this year the team conducted its annual pilot tryouts and three new demo pilots plus a new coordinator were chosen for the 2016-2017 airshow seasons. Two weeks ago the new pilots for 2016 were informed of their positions for next season. Their designate position and previous flying are listed below.
Capt Paul Faulkner Snowbird 3 designate, Inner Left Wing (Hawk, Hercules)
Capt Greg Hume-Powell Snowbird 6 designate, Outer Right Wing (Harvard, Sea King)
Capt Craig Sharp Snowbird 9 designate, Opposing Solo (F-16, FWIC, F-18)
Capt Blake McNaughton Snowbird 10 designate, Team Coordinator & Safety Pilot (Harvard, Hawk)
The new Team leader designate Maj Yanick "Crank" Gregoire, returns to the team from flying the Hornet as DCO with 409 Sqn. He previously flew as Snowbird 4 and as the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demo Pilot. The new Commanding Officer of 431 Air Demonstration Squadron is LCol Brad Wintrup.
I'm happy to add that Capt Maciej Hatta who has providing some excellent video via his Match Productions (like the one below) this season and last will be staying with the team for a third year moving from 6 to the #4 position. And current Boss Maj Pat Gobeil will also remain, moving into the Standards supervisory position.
Ground crew positions for the show team will be decided at a later date probably shortly after the team celebrates their 45th Anniversary with a Reunion 8 - 11 October in Moosejaw, Sackatchewan.
I'm looking forward to working with the team this weekend at the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto and at the California Capital Air Show in Sacramento the first week of October.
(Photos below video of the team over Summerside Prince Edward Island earlier this summer. Credit: Snowbirds)