Aircraft Structures Technician, Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Master Corporal Jonathan Forsyth grew up in Simcoe, Ontario, which has been the adoptive home of 431 Squadron since WWII, when it was still the 431 Iroquois Bomber Squadron. MCpl Forsyth was surrounded by grassroots aviation growing up; beginning his ultralight pilot permit at 14, learning about homebuilt aircraft, and attending local airshows where he first saw the Snowbirds perform.
MCpl Forsyth originally joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2007 as a Medical Technician. He completed his medical trade training at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden and was next posted to 2 Field Ambulance at CFB Patawawa. He deployed to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in 2010, and also traveled across Canada and to Europe for a variety of other training, operations, and deployments opportunities.
In 2015, his interest in aviation came back to the forefront and MCpl Forsyth chose to undertake a trade transfer to Aircraft Structures Technician. Upon completing his professional education, he was posted to 403 Squadron in Gagetown, New Brunswick, where he worked on the Griffon helicopters. In December 2021, he was deployed to Newfoundland to assist with the impact from flooding. In the spring of 2022, he jumped at the unexpected opportunity to come work at 431 Air Demonstration Squadron and fulfil his lifelong dream of joining the Snowbirds team. MCpl Forsyth will join the show team for the first time this season.