Canadian Forces Snowbirds launch cross-Canada tour

Operation Inspiration is to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will grace the sky from sea to sea across the country to salute Canadians doing their part in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mission is being dubbed Operation Inspiration.

The Snowbirds nine-jet formation will fly over cities across Canada starting in Nova Scotia this weekend and heading west throughout the week. Updates on routes, locations and times will be posted to the Snowbirds social media platforms.

“Each year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds travel the country putting smiles on the faces of Canadians,” said Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force. “While Canadians may not be able to gather at air shows for now, we’re honoured to bring the Snowbirds team to Canadians and to pay special tribute to them.”

Team members will be minimizing interactions with people outside of the team.

“We’ve been asked to do what we do best….inspire Canadians,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Snowbirds. “Through Operation Inspiration, we not only want to salute the front-line health-care workers, first responders, and essential workers, but also all Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want Canadians to know we’re in this with you.”

The Snowbirds ask that Canadians watch the flyovers from the safety of their home and refrain from travelling to see the flyovers and maintain physical distancing.