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CF Snowbirds fly over Toronto as part of ‘Operation Inspiration’


TORONTO, ON., May 9, 2020 —The Snowbirds have resumed their cross-country salute to Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19 after inclement weather forced them to stay on the ground yesterday after their Montreal flyby.

Today, Twitter lit up with sightings from all over eastern Ontario and Toronto as the Snowbirds made their way from CFB Trenton to Toronto Pearson and then on to London, Ontario. They posted their flight routes and times on twitter and they have been feverishly retweeting posts from Ontario onlookers today.

The Snowbirds squadron’s Ontario flyby is the latest leg of ‘Operation Inspiration.’ Their cross Canada route began in Nova Scotia and today their Ontario leg began at CFB Trenton and proceeded west to Toronto and Mississauga, landing at Pearson then heading off to London at 12:45 pm.

As part of their Operation Inspiration in support of frontline healthcare workers the CF Snowbirds have been flying across Canada to put smiles on the faces of Canadians. Here they are over a house in Mississauga. Video by Denise Lord
The CF Snowbirds began the Ontario leg of their Operation Inspiration at CFB Trenton at 9:30 am this morning before travelling east along Lake Ontario to Toronto.

Snow and hail unfortunately threw the Snowbirds off schedule grounding the fleet at Canadian Forces Base Trenton yesterday.

Operation Inspiration started in Nova Scotia last weekend and features the team’s signature nine-jet formation.

After a stop at Pearson Airport the CF Snowbirds will head southeast to Niagara Falls before cutting back west and landing in London at 1:45 pm.

The Snowbirds asserted that fellow Canadians should watch their flyovers from the safety of their homes and avoid venturing out to see the incredible aeronautical display.

The Snowbirds initially paused their training in March because of COVID-19 and delayed the start of their flying season, which was to begin in June.

If you want to see if the Snowbirds flew over your home you can check out their flight videos on their YouTube site.

story by Terry Lankstead

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