It’s the deep of winter and Canada’s Snowbirds are practicing at Mossbank airfield. The 9 Plane is running on for a Big Diamond Loop from the east. In each cockpit, the pilots are focused on their references and parameters. Outside, by the quonset hut, the camera operator has fought his way through the snow-covered access road and is now in position filming the team’s practice. At their home base, in Moose Jaw, the technicians are huddled inside the hangar after ensuring each jet has been checked and re-checked before the flight. They await the familiar roar of the formation’s Snowbird pitch on runway 29 Right announcing their arrival and the need for more fuel, oil and diesel to prepare for the afternoon’s sortie.
Years of dreams, months of preparation and hours of briefings have led the new members to this point. The new show is coming together. Five times a week, two, sometimes three missions a day. Looping, rolling, rejoining. Never symmetrical enough, too wide or not enough G.
Standing tall as aerial ambassadors to Canada, the Snowbirds thrill and inspire millions throughout North America. Representing Canada’s men and women in uniform, each squadron member proudly and humbly strives for excellence daily.
The hangar doors close. The mission has been debriefed. The airplanes have been towed in. The paperwork in complete. Tomorrow we’ll do better. The Pursuit of Perfection.
– Capt. M. Rusconi
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