Snowbirds to fly over, land at Kingston airport

Snowbirds over Kingston during Operation Inspiration in 2020. Photo by Carilyn Patricia.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will fly over Kingston tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, as part of their ongoing demonstration of military aviation excellence for 50 seasons.

Based out of 15 Wing Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, the elite air demonstration team is comprised of approximately 80 Canadian Armed Forces members, 24 of whom will travel to 30 locations across Canada and the United States for the 2021 season.  

The Snowbirds signature nine-jet precision formation flying is made possible thanks to a highly skilled and dedicated team of pilots, technicians, mobile support operators, resource management support clerks, engineers, logistics officer and public affairs officer, according to a media release from Canadian Forces. Together, while serving as ambassadors, all members of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds showcase the skill, professionalism and teamwork inherent in the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The 11-plane formation will fly at 1,000 feet above obstacles and the public can expect the accompanying jet noise. They plan on leaving Toronto at 1 p.m. and do a quick flyby of Trenton before heading to Kingston. Fort Henry and the Waterfront will be the best viewing area, according to their recent Facebook post.

The Snowbirds’ flyover will take place at approximately 1:40 p.m., and they will land at the Kingston airport. They leave for Ottawa the next morning.

“Flypasts by the Royal Canadian Air Force are conducted in support of special events and are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure public safety at all times,” Canadian Forces said.

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