Snowbirds to salute Canadians fighting COVID-19

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Snowbirds will fly over multiple cities to salute Canadians fighting COVID-19

Snowbirds will fly over multiple cities across the country in salute of Canadians among the coronavirus pandemic. This new initiative will see the team perform a signature nine-jet formation fly over across the country. Called Operation Inspiration, the mission is starting this weekend.

Firstly, the jets will take off in Nova Scotia and move west. The team will also release details information such as locations, routes and times on their official social media platform throughout the weekend.

Before this mission, the Snowbirds’ operation had been put on pause. Members of Snowbirds had been home in self-isolation and practicing social distancing measures like any other Canadians since the 20th of March.

Bringing the flight to Canadians

Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Royal Canadian Air Force commander, released a statement to clarify the scope and aim of the mission. “Every year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds travel the country putting smiles on the faces of Canadians”, he said. “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”.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, commanding officer of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, also said the most essential service was to inspire Canadians. “Through Operation Inspiration, we want to salute the front-line health-care workers, first responders, and essential workers. But also, we want to salute all Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want Canadians to know we’re in this with you.”

During Operation Inspiration, team members will keep practising hygiene measures such as hand-washing. They will also wear protective gear and avoid any interaction with anyone other than other team members. This is in order to minimise risk and provide the better example to the people.