Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Canadian Forces Snowbirds

My favourite precision flight team is the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The Snowbirds fly Canadian-made DT-114 Tutor jets, which also served as the Canadian Forces basic pilot training aircraft until 2000. The Snowbirds Tutor jets are painted in a distinctive red and white Canadian flag motif. They are fast, capable of flying at 412 knots (470 mph or 750 km/h), and very maneuverable.

The Snowbirds Show Team includes nine jets, two of which perform solos. When all nine aircraft join up, they can form some pretty amazing formations.

Home base for the Snowbirds is Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, but they come to nearby Comox to get more experience in mountainous and marine environments.

The Snowbirds fly at events from May through October each year throughout the US and Canada. Click here to see their complete schedule.

Can't make it? Here's a clip from the Comox show. -- Margy


  1. I got to sit in a Snowbird on the ground last November.
    I was very surprised how small the cockpit is.

    Bear((( )))

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog!
    I love jets! I wish I lived near one of these cities to come see them;)

  3. Wish I had the chance to see the ones I submitted fly, very good photo of jets in the sky, and loved the video.

    Thank you for your comments on my "J" entry

  4. I'd love to see the Snowbirds fly over! My Dad used to tell me how much fun it was to fly with his pals through the clouds and back into the bright blue sky.

  5. I love formation jet teams, too! We have the Red Arrows, and it's quite stunning to see them perform. They're so fast and manoeverable!

    Are you in Saskatchewan? I have a friend living in Saskatoon! I bet she's seen the Snowbirds!

  6. amazing. scary though. :O

  7. Jay -- I live in BC, but the Snowbirds come here frequently for their shows. They also come to Comox each year to train, so we can see and hear them practices for several weeks in advance of their show season. - Margy

  8. I haven't been to an air show in a very long time. That precision flying is something else to see.

  9. How amazing! I loved the clip, always want to fly in one of those...
    Thanks for your sweet words as always on my page!

    Kisses from Nydia.

  10. Thanks for the great photos and the video. I'm off to watch it now!

    Sorry I'm so late this week. See you for K!