Snowbirds stoked to soar over Revelstoke this summer

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds team are excited to bring their spectacular piloting skills to Revelstoke to help celebrate Canada 150.

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The Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) perform over 19 Wing Comox to complete training prior to the start of the 2017 Air Show season. Photo: MS Roxanne Wood 19 Wing Imaging 2017, DND-MDN Canada

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds team are stoked to show off their piloting skills and fly over Revelstoke to help celebrate Canada 150 this July.

If you’ve never seen the Snowbirds in action this is an event you definitely won’t want to miss.

The Snowbirds have a spectacular show planned on July 26 that includes 11 planes soaring through Revelstoke skies to perform a series of fly-bys.

“After seeing the scenic mountains and meeting the great airshow organizing team last week in Revelstoke, the Snowbird team can’t wait to perform on the 26th of July. We loved the town, and the roller coaster, we can’t wait to be back,” said Capt. Paul Faulkner.

The City of Revelstoke and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District are hosting the Snowbirds during a two-day event on July 25 and 26. There are a number of events open to the public.

You can help greet the Snowbirds when they arrive at the Revelstoke Airport on July 25. From 3:30 – 5p.m. the Snowbirds will host a meet and greet open to all members of the public. Meet the Snowbirds pilots and mechanics, and see the CT 114 Tutor aircraft up close. Flown by the Snowbirds, the CT-114 Tutor was used by the Canadian Forces as a pilot-training aircraft from 1963 until 2000.

The Snowbirds are also spending some of their time in Revelstoke lending a hand towards fundraising for the Revelstoke Community Foundation. A Snowbirds Dinner is being held at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on July 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are required for this event.

The highlight of the Snowbirds visit is of course the non-aerobatic air display taking place on July 26. A public viewing event will be held at Centennial Park from 2:30 – 5p.m. to make sure everyone has a chance to see the famous team show-off their spectacular skills with an air-display.

A national icon, the Canadian Snowbirds team are made up of Canadian Armed Forces members, and National Defence public service employees. Pilots, technicians, mobile support operators, and engineering logistics offers from the army, navy, and air force come together to work as a team to bring their thrilling performances to the public.

The Snowbirds act as ambassadors of the CAF demonstrating the high level of skill, professionalism, teamwork, discipline and dedication inherent to the men and women in the CAF. Becoming a Snowbird is no easy feat and all members have years of military experience prior to joining.

Snowbirds team members are selected based on skill and experience. Aspiring Snowbird pilots take part in a demanding series of try-outs to evaluate their formation-flying proficiency.

For questions regarding these events please contact Nicole Fricot by phone at at 250-837-5345 or by email at nfricot@revelstoke.ca

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