Local residents may still get a chance to see the Canadian Forces Snowbirds this year.

The famed aerobatic team is heading out on a cross-country tour aimed at boosting morale as Canadians deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the ‘Operation Inspiration’ tour yesterday.

“Starting this weekend in Nova Scotia the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will head across Canada to salute Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19,” he says.

The team will release anticipated locations, routes, and times on their social media platforms each day.

The Snowbirds were slated to be in North Bay for Armed Forces Day in June, but the local event was cancelled because of COVID-19.

“Every year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds travel the country putting smiles on the faces of Canadians,” said Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force. “While Canadians may not be able to gather at air shows for now, we’re honoured to bring the Snowbirds team to Canadians and to pay special tribute to them.”

“We’ve been asked to do what we do best… inspire Canadians,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Snowbirds. “Through Operation INSPIRATION, we not only want to salute the front-line health-care workers, first responders, and essential workers, but also all Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want Canadians to know we’re in this with you.”

Canadians are encouraged to observe the flyovers from the safety of their home and refrain from travelling to see the flyovers.

(With files from The Canadian Press)
(File photo by station staff)

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