Snow­birds team per­forms fi­nal show of the season

Moose Jaw - - News -

The Snow­birds aerial demon­stra­tion team per­formed the fi­nal air show of the 2018 season at home base 15 Wing Moose Jaw be­fore an au­di­ence of fam­ily, friends, base per­son­nel and in­vited guests. Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette was a guest while on her visit to Saskatchewan.

Lt.-Col. Mike French, on his sec­ond Snow­birds post­ing, is the 431 Squadron com­man­der,

Fly­ing ap­prox­i­mately 30 dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions with pre­ci­sion al­most wing-to-wing, the team of spe­cially se­lected pi­lots and ground crew flew 32 shows across Canada with five in the United States and a spe­cial Bat­tle of Bri­tain com­mem­o­ra­tion show in Ot­tawa. In­ducted to the long list of hon­orary Snow­birds this year was for­mer bomber pi­lot 96-year-old Reg (Crash) Har­ri­son. The in­duc­tion at the show was a sur­prise.

Har­ri­son earned the nick­name Crash from hav­ing sur­vived four air­plane crashes dur­ing dan­ger­ous mis­sions in the Sec­ond World War. Nearly half the 120,000 air­men on th­ese mis­sions lost their lives. Of seven com­man­ders in his squadron, two were killed and one was taken pris­oner.

Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­[email protected]­

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