Beyond the experience of seeing multiple planes and having a few days of fun with friends, families, and like-minded strangers, there’s one reason lots of folks come to the Abbotsford International Airshow: the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Airshow. Because these planes and performers draw so many folks, we wanted to highlight where else you can find this squadron demonstrating their talents. Take a look at the Snowbirds schedule for 2022 so that you can see them any chance you can get!
Abbotsford International Airshow
Not only does the Abbotsford International Airshow attract lots of visitors each year, but 2022 happens to be the 60th anniversary year. This event takes place on August 5, 6, and 7 and features activities for all ages to enjoy. So come outside and soak in the weather as you experience the wonder that this airshow provides — including, of course, the Snowbirds airshow.
Snowbirds Schedule 2022
- 18-19 Canadian Forces Base Borden (Ontario)
- 25-26 Brantford (Ontario)
- 29 Dieppe-Moncton-Riverview (New Brunswick)
- 1 Ottawa (Ontario) (non-aerobatic)
- 16-17 Cold Lake (Alberta)
- 20 Terrace (British Columbia)
- 23-24 Calgary-Springbank (Alberta)
- 30-31 Fort St. John (British Columbia)
- 3 Penticton (British Columbia)
- 5-7 Abbotsford (British Columbia)
- 13-14 Edmonton-Villeneuve (Alberta)
- 27-28 Debert (Alberta)
- 3-5 Toronto (Ontario)
- 9-11 London (Ontario)
- 14 Tillsonburg (Ontario)
- 17-18 Gatineau (Quebec)
- 24-25 Mirabel (Quebec)
- 1-2 Huntington Beach (California, USA)
- 8-9 San Francisco (California, USA)
- 15-16 Santa Maria (California, USA)
FAQ About the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Airshow
431 Squadron has a rich history with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Before becoming the “Snowbirds”, the Squadron served as both a Bomber and Fighter squadron flying aircraft including the Handley-Page Halifax, Avro Lancaster, and Canadair F-86 Sabre. Now designated as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the pilots, maintainers and support personnel of the Snowbirds serve as ambassadors for the Canadian Armed Forces, demonstrating the skills, professionalism, teamwork, discipline and dedication inherent in the men and women of the CAF.
Here are the answers to some other common questions about the team.
How many Snowbirds are there?
The demonstration squad has around 80 members, 24 of which travel during the airshow season.
How does someone become a member of the Snowbirds team?
To become part of the Snowbirds, a person must have served in the Canadian Forces and have years of experience. Many apply to become part of this flight team, but the final ones are selected based on experience and skill after trying out.
How did the name Snowbirds come about?
In June of 1971, a contest was held to name the team. The winner was Doug Farmer, a student in Grade 6. As a result, Farmer was able to join the Snowbirds in 2000 at an airshow in our very location: Abbottsford.
How fast can the Snowbirds fly?
With smoke tanks in tow, the maximum aircraft speed is 412 knots. The Snowbirds will fly at speeds ranging from 100 knots to 320 knots during an average performance.
How do the planes release white smoke?
Each jet has two fuel tanks underneath filled with diesel fuel. The pilot can squeeze a trigger to release the diesel fuel into the exhaust. Once this happens, the diesel fuel vaporizes instantly and creates a trail of white smoke. Although some may be concerned, the smoke is considered harmless and goes away before it reaches the ground.
Hopefully, that gives you even more reason to come and see the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Airshow in Abbotsford and beyond. Save the date!