Snowbirds fly over South Glengarry, Cornwall and the Nation Valley later today

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) perform over 19 Wing Comox. 431 (AD) Squadron and CF-188 Demo Team deployed to 19 Wing Comox to complete training prior to the start of the 2017 Air Show season. Approximately 42 personnel and 14 CT-114 aircraft deployed to 19 Wing Comox for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Pilots will acquaint themselves with mountainous terrain and over-water show sites. Images by MS Roxanne Wood

CHESTERVILLE —  Look up late this afternoon as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly over Cornwall and SDG on their way to Ottawa.

Starting in Halifax Nova Scotia last week, the nine-jet team is on its way across the country in formation on a national morale-boosting mission. ‘Operation Inspiration’ salutes Canadians “doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19.”


The Snowbirds’ famous formation is due to over-fly South Glengarry and Cornwall at 4:30, proceeding northwest on a path to Ottawa that should ensure that many people on the ground in Stormont, Dundas and Russell counties also catch a glimpse of the planes before they arrive in the Nation’s Capital at 5:15 p.m.

“Every year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds travel the country putting smiles on the faces of Canadians,” said Lieutenant-General 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.”

“We’ve been asked to do what we do best… inspire Canadians,” said Lieutenant-Colonel 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.”


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