The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are set to return to the Comox Valley this April for practice. PHOTO BY ERIN HALUSCHAK

Snowbirds returning to the Valley for spring training

While there may not be an airshow in Comox for 2019, residents can look forward to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds returning to the skies over the Valley.

Tuesday, the Royal Canadian Air Force officially announced the 2019 Snowbirds schedule. The only B.C. stops for the aerial acrobatic team are Fort St. John (July 24), Quesnel (Aug. 3 to 4), Penticton (Aug.7) and Abbotsford (Aug. 9 to 11).

They are however, returning to the Comox Valley for their annual practice prior to airshow season in April 2019, confirmed 19 Wing Comox.

Additionally, Capt. Brian ‘Humza’ Kilroy was announced as the pilot for the 2019 CF-18 demo team.

Kilroy, who was born in Grande Prairie, AB, but grew up in Stony Plain, joined the Canadian Forces in 2006, and was posted to 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 4 Wing Cold Lake as an operational fighter pilot in 2013.

He has deployed numerous times on international NATO and Canadian Armed Forces missions.

Currently, he is a four-ship lead and qualified Electronic Warfare Instructor with 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron.

The 2019 Theme for the demo is is to celebrate the history of the RCAF, based on its motto Sic Itur Ad Astra (Latin for ‘such is the pathway to the stars’), as well to highlight the CF’s operational role within North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as it celebrates its 70th anniversary.



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Capt. Brian ‘Humza’ Kilroy was announced as the pilot for the 2019 CF-18 demo team. RCAF photo

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