Canadian Forces Snowbirds jets to return home to 15 Wing Moose Jaw
November 27, 2019 – Moose Jaw, SK – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Ten CT-114 Tutor jets flown by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will return home to Moose Jaw from Georgia beginning this week.
The Snowbirds have been on an operational pause since Snowbird 5 was forced to eject prior to a show at the Atlanta Speedway on October 13, 2019.
The investigation has advanced enough that the Royal Canadian Air Force is confident the CT-114 Tutors parked at Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Georgia can be safely flown home to 15 Wing Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan. Another operational risk assessment will be conducted prior to resuming regular aerobatic training flights.
“When flying air demonstrations, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds operate in tight formation, conducting loops and rolls in our signature formation. At this point we have received enough information from investigators to resume wings-level flight in order to return our jets to our home base. However we need to let the investigators continue to work before we resume full operations.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Once the fleet returns to full flying operations, there will be a better assessment of the impact to the schedule. At this point annual spring training in Comox, British Columbia will be delayed at least a month.
The full impact to the Snowbirds 2020 schedule is not clear at this time. The 2020 schedule for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds has not been released yet.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds spend the winter months training for the upcoming season. Approximately 80 training missions occur prior to spring training in Comox, British Columbia in order to prepare for the upcoming season.
Captain Kevin Domon-Grenier sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution following the ejection.
The jet crashed into a farmer’s field and there were no injuries on the ground.
The Snowbirds cancelled their final show of the season in Houston, Texas which was scheduled to take place the weekend following the accident.
Department of National Defence
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