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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Snowbirds Show Will Go On

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  
The military precision flying team has cancelled some spring shows, but not Hanover in June.

Despite a number of cancellations, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will still fly this June at the Saugeen Municipal Airport.

Recent incidents have forced the Canadian military precision flying team to cancel all shows for the rest of this month right into early June.

The reason, some of the pilots have edged out of their designated areas creating safety concerns when flying in such a tight formation.

Snowbird Lead Team Major Patrick Gobeil blames this on a reduced training period hampered by poor weather which continued into the show season resulting in numerous cancelled practices.

As such the Snowbirds are spending the coming weeks at their base in Moose Jaw to take on some additional training before returning to their scheduled air show line up including the June 21st show at the Saugeen Municipal Airport.

Local event organizer Phil Englishman says while he is disheartened to hear about the cancelled shows he is greatly relieved and pleased the show will go on locally.

Englishman invites all those that are missing out on a Snowbird performance due to a cancelled show in their area to attend the June 21st celebration at the Saugeen Municipal Airport.

He says it is a free event that is open to everyone.

The June 21st Snowbird event is part of the Bruce County and Canada 150th birthday celebrations.

Cancelled shows include Rochester New York, Fort Erie, Windsor, Whiteman Missouri and Duluth Minnesota.

The Snowbirds intend to return to the air show circuit once they have the consistency required for their dynamic nine-aircraft aerobatic performance.

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