Canada’s famous Snowbirds aerobatic team have hit pause on their airshow season after determining they need more practice. In a rare move, the team has abruptly cancelled scheduled appearances in six cities in Canada and the United States over the coming weeks. The military said Tuesday that no one was available to speak about the decision. But in a Facebook posting, the team said that despite several “well-executed” shows so far, more training was needed. Here’s the text of a statement that appeared on the Snowbirds Facebook page yesterday:
We have decided to undertake additional practice and training from our home base at 15 Wing Moose Jaw before returning to our 2017 scheduled air performance season.
While we have had several well-executed shows and practices early in the season, our Team Lead has determined that additional training is required.
“A reduced training period hampered by poor weather which continued into the show season, resulted in numerous cancelled practices. As a result, more training is required before the Snowbirds resume the 2017 schedule.”, said Major Patrick Gobeil, Snowbirds Team Lead.
We have cancelled our participation in the following air shows:
• Rochester, New York (May 17)
• Quonset Air National Guard Base, Rhode Island (May 20 and 21)
• Fort Erie, Ont. (May 24)
• Windsor, Ont. (May 27 and 28)
• Whiteman, Missouri (May 31)
• Duluth, Minnesota (June 3 and 4)
We intend to return to the air show circuit once we have the consistency required for our dynamic nine-aircraft aerobatic performance.
The Snowbirds thank the air show organizers for their understanding and all our fans for their continued encouraging messages.
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