Canadian Forces Snowbirds

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, officially known as the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, have been a fixture of Canadian aviation since their formation in 1971. This elite group of pilots, accompanied by an expert team of technicians and support personnel, have dedicated themselves to representing the skill, professionalism, and teamwork inherent in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Their mission, in addition to their breathtaking performances, is to serve as ambassadors of the CAF. The CF Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of skill, professionalism, teamwork, discipline and dedication inherent in the men and women of the CAF. They inspire the pursuit of excellence wherever they go in North America.

The Snowbirds’ signature red and white CT-114 Tutor aircraft are easily recognizable and have garnered a loyal fan base throughout their history. The team comprises 11 pilots, nine participating in the actual airshows. Their performances typically feature a mix of close-formation flying and synchronized maneuvers executed at speeds of up to 590 km/h. These maneuvers often involve mere meters separating the aircraft, a testament to the pilots’ exceptional skill and discipline.

What to Expect

The Snowbirds’ aerial ballet showcases a variety of intricate formations and high-speed passes, including the iconic nine-plane Big Diamond formation, the breathtaking Double-Take crossover, and the heart-stopping Split S maneuver. Their performance is choreographed to perfection, with each maneuver flowing seamlessly into the next, captivating the audience from start to finish.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are considered one of the world’s most respected air demonstration teams. They have been invited to perform at countless airshows across North America and have even represented Canada overseas, strengthening international relationships through their extraordinary talent.

Team Work Makes The Dream Work

While the pilots often receive much of the spotlight, it’s important to recognize the hard work and commitment of the entire Snowbirds team. The technicians and support staff play a crucial role in maintaining the aircraft and ensuring the safety and success of each performance. Their behind-the-scenes efforts allow the pilots to focus on the precision and artistry required to captivate their audience.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds’ appearance at the Abbotsford International Airshow is an opportunity to witness a mesmerizing display of skill and finesse and celebrate Canada’s rich aviation history.