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Snowbirds resume airshow season after getting more practice
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) perform a fly past before landing at Abbotsford International Airport in Abbotsford, B.C., on Thursday August 11, 2016. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Tuesday, June 6, 2017 10:44AM CST
The Snowbirds are resuming their airshow season after it was put on hold last month to allow the famed squadron’s pilots to get more practice.
The flying team’s normal training schedule had been cut short this year because of bad weather. Snowbirds pilots have since undergone two weeks of intensive training and practice at 15 Wing Moose Jaw.
“Our team has been working very hard practicing and training to bring ourselves back up to our own strict performance standards,” Snowbirds team lead Maj. Patrick Gobeil said in a news release Tuesday.
“Your Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds are ready and very excited to get back to the air show circuit this weekend. We greatly appreciate the support and understanding of air show organizers, volunteers and audiences over the last three weeks.”
The team is scheduled to perform at the Dundurn Air Show, which runs from June 10 to 11.
The Snowbirds, in their iconic white, red and blue Tutor jets, have been entertaining airshow visitors in Canada and across the U.S. since 1971.
With files from The Canadian Press