Miles is sadly missed by the Team not only for his professionalism and skill as a pilot, but for his fine character. ), Avionics Technician: Corporal Geremey Quiambao (Surrey, B.C. Since the inception of the “Siskins” in the 1930’s there have been many teams, all of whom have exemplified the skill and proficiency common to our Air Force pilots and ground crew. It was in 1993 that the team saw its first performances outside of Canada and the United States with three aerial demonstrations in Guadalajara, Mexico. 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 | 1989 | 1988 | 1987 | 1986 | 1985 | 1984 | 1983 | 1982 | 1981 | 1980 | 1979 | 1978 | 1977 | 1976 | 1975 | 1974 | 1973 | 1972 | 1971, British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), Historical Orders, Medals and Decorations, Book the Snowbirds, CF-18 Demo team and display aircraft, Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French (Langley, BC), Squadron Honorary Colonel: Honorary Colonel Fred Sutherland (Moose Jaw, SK), Deputy Commanding Officer: Major Denis Bandet (Regina, SK), Squadron Chief Warrant Officer: Chief Warrant Officer Greg Fleet (North Bay, ON), Flight Safety Officer: Captain Blake McNaughton (St. Catharines, ON), Snowbird 1 Team Lead: Major Jean-François Dupont, Snowbird 2 Inner Right Wing: Captain Arpit Mahajan (Delta, BC), Snowbird 3 Inner Left Wing: To be confirmed, Snowbird 4 First Line Astern: Major Marc-André Lefebvre, Snowbird 5 Second Line Astern: Captain Scott Boyd (Burnaby, BC), Snowbird 6 Outer Right Wing: Captain Steven Sparks, Snowbird 7 Outer Left Wing: To be confirmed, Snowbird 8 Opposing Solo: Captain Logan Reid (Victoria, BC), Snowbird 10 Coordinator: Major Regan Wickett, Snowbird 11 Coordinator: Captain Richard MacDougall, Public Affairs Officer: Captain Jennifer Casey (Halifax, NS), Crew Chief Avionics Technician: Sergeant Vincent Squires (Thompson, MB), Deputy Crew Chief Aviation Technician: Master-Corporal Shawn Falzarano (Winnipeg, MB), Technical Coordinator Aviation Technician: Corporal Triston Popescu (Ajax, ON), Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer: Major Megan Latta (Prince Albert, SK), Deputy Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer: Captain Kyle Pilatzke (Nipawin, Sask. Major Will will lead the Snowbirds through their 2002 to 2004 seasons. ), Aviation Technician: Sergeant Vincent Squires (Thompson, Man. Accordingly, he established an unofficial non-aerobatic formation team in Moose Jaw in 1971. It was also a result of the support given to the team by members of the Canadian Forces and the public sector throughout Canada – support which is readily apparent while the Snowbirds travel across the country during the airshow season. 05/25/2020 The Snowbirds team members involved in Capt Jenn Casey’s homecoming in Halifax yesterday will be returning to 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Sask. The tradition was continued in 1983-84 as Major George Hawey led the team through a total of 133 shows in the two year period. Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French (Langley, BC) Squadron Honorary Colonel: Honorary Colonel Fred Sutherland (Moose Jaw, SK) Deputy Commanding Officer: Major Denis Bandet (Regina, SK) Squadron Chief Warrant Officer: Chief Warrant Officer Greg Fleet (North Bay, ON) The year 1984 was special in that the team helped celebrate the 75th Anniversary of powered flight in Canada and the 60th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. ), Aviation Technician: Corporal Chris Hurshman (Halifax, N.S. The new team was named the “Snowbirds” as a result of a contest held at the Base Elementary School and first flew under this name at the 1971 Saskatchewan Homecoming Airshow on the 11th of July. Snowbirds – HistoryHe oversaw the presentation of the Squadron Colours at the end of the 1999 season and led the Snowbirds in 2000 through their busiest show season ever – more than 90 shows in over 70 locations across North America. Public response indicated that the re-forming of a Canadian formation team was a popular move. However, at the end of the 1967 season, the Centennaires were disbanded, and the aircraft were returned to the training role. A statement from Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, Commanding Officer of 431 (Air Demonstration) Squadron on the Canadian Forces Snowbirds CT-114 Tutor Crash in Kamloops, British Columbia, May | June | July | August | September | October, Canadian Forces Snowbirds launch cross-Canada tour - Postponed until further notice. ), Avionics Technician: Corporal Sebastian Boucher (Whitby, Ont. June 1, 2020 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces. (Yogi) Huyghebaert led the 1985-86 Snowbird teams through a total of 121 shows throughout North America. Jennifer Casey, the public affairs officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds has been identified as the crew member who died in the crash of one of the air demonstration team’s CT-114 Tutor jets. According to the Snowbirds website, Casey is originally from Halifax, N.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Canadian Snowbirds Act, S. 2507 in the U.S. Senate. Unfortunately, the founding father of the team, Colonel O.B. Effective May 17, 2020, Operation INSPIRATION is postponed until further notice and the Snowbird fleet is on an operational pause due to an aircraft crash. Ten RCAF basic jet training aircraft, CT-114 Tutors, received the gold and blue paint scheme which distinguished them as the aircraft from the RCAF formation aerobatic team. The 1995 season represented the 25th Anniversary of 431 (AD) Squadron. These teams received world-wide recognition, and their members were proud ambassadors of the men and women of the Canadian military. The year 1978 was a milestone in the history of Canada’s formation teams. One problem has been common to Canada’s aerobatic teams – the continuing struggle for existence. In their 34th season, the Snowbirds performed in more than 65 shows in over 41 locations across North America in 2004. Philp passed away early in 1995 and as a tribute to him the 1995 season was dedicated to his memory. Snowbirds 2020. Philp, the Commanding Officer of the Centennaires, became the Base Commander of CFB Moose Jaw, but he never forgot the team of 1967. The Snowbirds, who first performed in July of 1971, operated on a year to year basis for seven years, before being finally established as a permanent squadron on 1 April, 1978. This bill would allow eligible Canadian retirees to spend up to eight months vacationing in the United States annually – … This performance was followed by appearances at other major airshows such as Abbotsford, BC and the CNE in Toronto, and also at military bases across Canada. The 1981-82 Snowbirds were under the leadership of a new Commanding Officer/Team Lead Major Mike Murphy. ), Aviation Technician: Corporal Rick Yuke (Hanover, Ont. NWT and were honoured to be official ambassadors for the Canada 125 celebrations commemorating Canada’s 125th Birthday. Having flown as an outer wingman in 1988/89, Major Darryl Shyiak of Portage-la-Prairie (Manitoba), led the team through 130 performances before an estimated 4 million spectators during 1997/98. On September 19, 2019, U.S. Capt. ), Aircraft Structures Technician: Corporal Victoria Carpenter (Regina, Sask. ), Aircraft Structures Technician: Aviator Karl Hetherington (London, Ont. ), Aviation Technician: Sergeant Andrew Latta (Lake Echo, N.S. ), Aircraft Structures Technician: Aviator Aaron Boudreau (Sydney, N.S. The Snowbirds fleet of CT-114 Tutors will be retired by December 2020, according to the Royal Canadian Air Force. — Royal Canadian Air Force (@RCAF_ARC) May 17, 2020 The most recent crash in Kamloops, B.C., killed one member of the Snowbirds team and left another injured. The team utilized Seven ex-Centennaire Tutor aircraft. ), Aircraft Structures Technician: Corporal Marc De-Serres (Darthmouth, N.S. 2012-All content on this site is purely for historical value and is used under the concept of Fair-use. ), Aviation Technician: Corporal Mark Brown (Smith Falls, Ont. ), Aircraft Structures Technician: Master Corporal Justin Hill (Beaver Bank, N.S. Snowbirds – HistoryColonel O.B. ), Aviation Technician: Aviator Jadnn Greer (Trenton, Ont. In 1992 the Snowbirds performed for the Inuit Circumpolar Conference at Inuvik.