Canadians Release Hornet Schedule, Reinstate U.S. Snowbird Shows

  • Feb 27, 2014 12:39pm GMT

The Royal Canadian Air Force made some U.S. air shows very happy Thursday announcing its demonstration team, the Snowbirds, will be flying four events despite canceling their appearance earlier this year. The Snowbirds are back on for the Salute to Veterans Air Show in Columbia, MO, Oregon International Air Show in Hillsboro, OR and the newly announced Redding, CA.

The Cape Girardeau show canceled its May event now leaving the team an open weekend May 17-18. Despite earlier reports of the team heading to MCAS Miramar, they were actually scheduled to fly the Chennault International Air Show in October but replaced it with Redding, CA based on budget constraints.

The official press release is included below with links to both teams' schedules.

By RCAF public affairs

Every year, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) participates in numerous air shows and special events throughout North America.

The air show audience experiences many exhilarating sights and sounds, including the roar of the CF-18 Hornet as its twin F-404 engines charge the runway and pull up into the dirty roll on take-off, the magnificence of the Snowbirds (431 (Air Demonstration) Squadron) as they perform their signature nine-ship Canada Burst formation and the crackle of “Contact!” as the solo pilots come over the loudspeakers.

These aerobatic displays inspire and include so many jaw-dropping elements that it can be easy to overlook that fact that what air shows provide is a chance for Canadians to get an up-close opportunity to witness first-hand the capabilities and skills of the RCAF’s men and women.

The RCAF is pleased to release the 2014 event schedules for both of its air demonstration teams: the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the CF-18 National Demonstration Team.

Both teams will thrill audiences all over Canada and in the United States this summer. Internationally, the Snowbirds will wow crowds at four air shows in the U.S. Meanwhile, the CF-18 Demo Team will make five international appearances, two in California -- one at the start of the season and one at the end -- plus two in Switzerland and one in Belgium.

“The RCAF is committed to collaborating and cooperating with our international allies and partners,” says Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, Commander of the RCAF. “Both the Swiss and Belgian Air Forces will be celebrating 100 years of military aviation this year and our participation in their shows this summer will enable us to pay a special tribute to them and to this tremendous milestone in their history.”

The air demo teams connect the RCAF with Canadians and demonstrate the outstanding teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in our women and men.

As an active partner with the U.S. in the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), it is also important to display to American audiences those same qualities, as well as the powerful capabilities of the CF-18 Hornet as Canada’s principal airspace security platform used in NORAD operations.