Snowbirds coming back to Edmonton this summer to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

The Snowbirds will continue to thrill audiences with their close-formation flying at air shows across Canada in 2015.
File: The Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Canadian Forces photo / Supplied

As a way to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the Snowbirds will fly over Edmonton in full formation for the first time in 15 years.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will be part of the Edmonton Airshow at Villeneuve Airport on Aug. 19 and 20, 2017.

“With more than 300 requests for their time it is an honour and a pleasure to have them return to Edmonton, especially on Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Dan Heuman, the executive director of the Edmonton Airshow.

“This is something we have been working toward since our first event in 2015 and we could not be more excited to have them for our show.”

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The Snowbirds flew their 1000th show at CFB Edmonton in 1990. The Snowbirds fly at speeds of 600 km/h with only about 1.2 metres between aircraft.

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Before 2015, the last aerobatic show in the Capital Region was held at the Edmonton International Airport in 2002.

Tickets to the 2017 Edmonton Airshow will go on sale in the spring.