The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are proud to uphold the legacy of military aviation excellence as Canada’s elite air demonstration team for 50 seasons.
The Snowbirds signature 9-jet precision formation flying is made possible thanks to a highly skilled and dedicated team of pilots, technicians, mobile support operators, resource management support clerks, engineers, logistics officer and public affairs officer. Together, while serving as ambassadors, all members of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds showcase the skill, professionalism and teamwork inherent in the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are based out of 15 Wing Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan and are comprised of approximately 80 Canadian Armed Forces members, 24 who will travel to 30 locations across Canada and the United States for the 2021 season.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly the CT-114 Tutor aircraft that was designed and built in Canada by Canadair as the Canadian Armed Forces primary jet trainer until it was replaced by the CT-155 Hawk and CT-156 Harvard II in 2000.
The single General Electric J85 engine produces 2,700 pounds of thrust which propels the relatively light aircraft to speeds of more than 400 knots. The straight wing design creates a lot of lift and the controls are finely tuned making it a classic sports car of the air. Despite its age, with the exceptional maintenance it receives, the Tutor is a perfect platform as a formation aerobatic demonstration jet.
The Snowbirds were formed in 1971 and have flown the Tutor for all 50 seasons, a testament to the Canadian-built design and our team of professional maintenance technicians.
The Snowbirds invite you to meet our dedicated team consisting of aerobatic show pilots and highly skilled maintainers showcasing their aviation expertise at an air show site near you.