Above images courtesy of the Canadian Armed Forces
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are conducting their annual spring training at 19 Wing Comox this month.
A service announcement noted the public could expect to see jet aircraft and hear noise as the aircraft takes to the sky from May 4-26, 2021. All of the flights are safe as they are controlled and planned to ensure the public and are contingent on weather and operational requirements.
Dated April 23, 2021, the announcement stated that while the team is happy to return to the community, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they are requesting that people follow the public health measures recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Health and not come out and watch the teams practice at 19 Wing Comox.
The restrictions also include any other traditional viewing areas around the base, including Air Force Beach and Heritage Air Park.
The Snowbirds will follow the current COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and limiting their movements in the community as much as possible while in the Comox Valley.
“Members of 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, like many Canadian Armed Forces members across Canada, have been receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine dose in recent days and weeks,” the press release stated.
Members of the community are also encouraged to show their support for the team by sharing photos and videos of themselves in Snowbird red and tagging the CF Snowbirds social media accounts in pictures and videos to @cfsnowbirds on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
It has also been suggested that they decorate their property with red so the pilots can see it from the sky. Due to the pandemic restrictions the team will not be hosting their annual autograph session at the Comox Air Force Museum, noted the press release.