Snowbirds return to Vancouver Island for final preparation ahead of summer tour season | NanaimoNewsNOW

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Due to bad weather, the team had to cancel their first United States tour.

The Snowbirds will leave the area on May 10 before their first shows of the year.

While Snowbirds are regular sights in the Comox Valley, trips to the island are rarer but not unheard of.

In July 2021, the Snowbirds and the Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 Demonstration Team conducted overflights of Oceanside and Nanaimo en route to Victoria.

It was part of ‘Operation Inspiration’ which saw the group fly over hospitals across the country to show support for frontline workers.

Ferris said they will use their time on Vancouver Island to prepare for what promises to be a busy schedule of air shows and other events, mostly in the United States.

“The reason we’re going to Comox is to train, ramp up our season and get ready for the air shows. Comox is a second home for us and it’s always good to come out of the prairie winter and come to Comox, it’s like a jump into spring for us.

A tragic accident immediately interrupted the team’s 2020 tour when Captain Jennifer Casey, then Public Affairs Officer, was killed in an accident departing Kamloops, bound for Comox.

The crash happened days before scheduled overflights of Parksville and Nanaimo.

— with files from Jon de Roo, 97.3 The Eagle

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