While it may be a month later than usual, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds have confirmed their spring training dates in the Comox Valley.
Capt. Jenn Casey, public affairs officer with Snowbirds said the team will arrive in the Valley May 6 and depart May 29. Flying times each day are still to be confirmed.
In late 2019, the team announced they delayed their annual training in the area by a month and their usual schedule has been reduced.
The Snowbirds were on an operation pause since Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier sustained minor injuries when he was forced to eject before a show at the Atlanta Speedway on Oct. 13.
He 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 which had been scheduled to take place in Houston, Texas, the weekend following the accident.
On Nov. 27, the Tutor jets flown by the Snowbirds were given the green light to return to 15 Wing Moose Jaw, as an investigation advanced enough to determine they could be safely flown to Canada.
The team will participate in airshows based on completion of training from June 6 (their first show is set for Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan) until Oct. 10-11, with their final show set for Houston, Tx.
The team has three stops set for B.C. this summer – Vancouver on July 29, Abbotsford from Aug. 7 to 9 and White Rock on Aug. 12.
This year, the team is celebrating its 50th display season.