The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are departing Moose Jaw today (May 14) to continue their cross-country Operation Inspiration tour.
They're doing flyovers of major Canadian centres to salute Canadians doing their part in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Today they're scheduled to fly from Moose Jaw to Saskatoon, then Saskatoon to Cold Lake.
The team’s signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, started in Nova Scotia at the beginning of May before taking a break at their home base in Moose Jaw.
“Every year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds travel the country putting smiles on the faces of Canadians,” says Lt. Gen. Al Meinzinger, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force. “While Canadians may not be able to gather at air shows, for now, we’re honoured to bring the Snowbirds team to Canadians and to pay special tribute to them.”
Daily, the team is releasing anticipated locations, routes, and times on their social media platforms.
“We’ve been asked to do what we do best… inspire Canadians,” said Lt. Col. Mike French, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Snowbirds. “Through Operation Inspiration, we not only want to salute the front-line health-care workers, first responders, and essential workers, but also all Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want Canadians to know we’re in this with you.”
The Snowbirds are encouraging Canadians to observe the flyovers from the safety of their homes to maintain social distancing efforts and refrain from travelling to see them.