Snowbird pilots to visit

Air demonstration squad to visit BC Aviation Museum Aug. 12

The Snowbirds are the formation flying team of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who have been thrilling crowds with their exciting flying displays for more than 40 years.  The BC Aviation Museum is very pleased to announce that the Snowbird pilots will be at the BC Aviation Museum on Tuesday August 11 at 2:30 p.m.

If you visit the museum on that day, you will be able to chat with current Snowbird pilots and also some of the veterans of the original Snowbird teams.

The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the summer months.  We are located at 1910 Norseman Road, on the east side of Victoria International Airport.

The Snowbirds are in Victoria for an airshow on Wednesday August 12 at 6 p.m. at Clover Point.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the Skill, Professionalism and Teamwork inherent in the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Canadian Armed Forces.

This year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain as well as the courageous airmen and hardworking ground crew who sacrificed so much during this difficult time in history. The Battle was waged over a period of just over three months from July 11 until October 31, 1940.

Approximately 103 Canadians flew in the Battle of Britain, mainly as members of No. 1 Fighter Squadron RCAF, later renamed 401 Fighter Squadron, and in the Royal Air Force’s 242 “All Canadian” Squadron. Much of their success is owed to the 300 Canadians who served as ground crew and worked around the clock to fix broken aircraft in order to have them in the air for the next attack.

The Battle of Britain is commemorated every year on the third Sunday of September.