Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday!

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The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, September 20, 2017 at Niagara district airport.

Event details coming soon!

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are proud to represent Canada and Canada’s military throughout the 2017 demonstration season.  The thrilling display of precision flying put on by the Snowbirds is made possible thanks to a highly skilled and dedicated team of pilots, technicians (aviation, avionics, aircraft structure, supply), mobile support operators, resource management support clerks, engineers, a logistics officer and a public affairs officer. Together, while serving as ambassadors, all members of the Snowbirds showcase the skill, professionalism and teamwork inherent in the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces.

In 2017, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are partaking in the celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The team will perform thrilling aerobatic shows, and breathtaking fly-pasts over our nation’s capital on Canada Day, and over several towns and cities across North America.

The Snowbirds, based out of 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, are comprised of 83 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, 26 of whom will travel to 38 locations across Canada and the United States in 2017.  The CT-114 Tutor aircraft that was designed and built by Canadair, the Tutor served as the Canadian Armed Forces primary jet trainer until it was replaced by the CT-155 Hawk and CT-156 Harvard II in 2000. There are only a few 9-plane demonstration teams in the world.  Flying nine aircraft in tight formation, only 4-feet apart at times, takes a high level of skill making the performance exciting and fun to watch.

The Snowbirds received the ICAS Pinnacle Award in 2014 for the “TankCam”, a modified smoke tank mounted on the belly of the team lead’s aircraft. The tank holds three high-resolution cameras capable of capturing stunning video and imagery of the entire formation in flight.

The effects of the TankCam go beyond capturing rarely seen imagery of the formation; air show spectators and fans of the Snowbirds enjoy seeing imagery of their hometowns, as seen from the formation, posted to social media.  Spectators are encouraged to visit the team’s Facebook page, check out TankCam photos & videos at .

Snowbirds History

With its roots beginning with the Golden Centennaires, an air demonstration team that performed in honour of Canada's Centennial in 1967, the Snowbirds have a proud and inspiring history of professional service to Canada. The Snowbirds received their name as a result of a contest held at the Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw Elementary School in 1971. They then flew for the first time on 11 July of that year at the Saskatchewan Homecoming Air Show.

As a tribute to their home province of Saskatchewan, the Snowbirds’ crest displays four "Speed Birds" in formation resembling a sheaf of wheat. The Speed Bird is also shown on the bottom of each Snowbird aircraft. The Snowbirds are the only jet team in North America to perform with nine jets flying in close formation. This requires the highest degree of piloting skill. Show pilots have on average 15 years of military experience and thousands of hours flying various aircraft in the Canadian Forces. Similarly, Snowbird technicians are not only highly skilled and well trained, but they also demonstrate remarkable dedication and teamwork.