They have been a fixture in the Comox Valley every spring for years, and now the Comox Valley Airport hosts a permanent display of the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds.
Last week, thanks to a donation from the Old House Hotel & Spa Mayors’ Golf Charity Classic, a Snowbirds stained glass window was officially dedicated at the entrance to one of the main terminal doors.
“The Canadian Forces have a major presence in the Comox Valley and have been an important part of this community for more than 70 years,” said Old House Hotel & Spa Owner Roger McKinnon. “This is a wonderful way to recognize the contributions of the military to the Comox Valley and to acknowledge our appreciation for the spectacular display the Snowbirds put on for us each year.”
The window was created by local glass artist Jan Lindstrom and depicts the Canadair CT-114 Tutor.
“It was really fitting to have the Snowbirds recognized here,” noted Fred Bigalow, CEO of the Comox Valley Airport. “For as long as I’ve been flying out of Comox in the ’80s and before then, Snowbird pilots have come here to train in the spring. It’s really great to draw that story of this base, this wing and this airport together.”