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Our own Canadian "Snowbirds" are seen here demonstrating one of their amazing flying formations over the harbour in Nanaimo, British Columbia recently.

The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.The Snowbirds are a Canadian national icon, a symbol of pride and unity for all Canadians.

The Snowbirds have flown the CT-114 Tutor jet since 1971. The aircraft was designed and built in Canada and was used by the Canadian Forces as its basic pilot training aircraft until 2000.

The jets are painted in a distinctive red and white paint scheme symbolic of Canada's national flag. As members of the nation's military, the Snowbirds are proud to fly Canada's colours across North America.

The Snowbirds are very confident flying the Tutor. It is safe and performs extremely well as a demonstration aircraft.

Photographing these demonstrations was an interesting challenge. My Nikon D80 had difficulty focusing fast enough and holding focus long enough to be effective, so I chose to auto-focus to a distant point believed to be in the range of the action, then switched the camera to manual focus. This allowed me to capture most images in relative sharpness as seen in this image.

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Additional Photos by Gerald Neufeld (gneufeld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1356 W: 104 N: 3437] (15890)
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