Ocean City Today

Canadian Snowbirds make first shore visit

By Greg Ellison | May 17, 2018
Courtesy of: Frank Miller The Snowbirds, Canadian Air Force’s Jet Demonstration Squadron, will perform aerobatic maneuvers above the downtown skies on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., with prime views between First and Fifth streets along the Boardwalk.

(May 18, 2018) The Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Jet Demonstration Squadron will make its inaugural performance in Ocean City on Wednesday in the skies above the Boardwalk between the inlet and 13th Street from 2-4 p.m.

The City Council approved the request from Special Events Director Frank Miller in late February, who said the “Air Show Featurette,” would be free to attend and last approximately 40 minutes.

The Snowbirds will have an aerobatics box centered on Third Street, with Miller noting optimal views would be between First and Fifth streets.

Now in its 48th season, the Snowbirds squadron is based in Moose Jaw, a city in southern Saskatchewan, Canada, and consists of 26 staff members, 11 pilots and nine Canadair CT-114 Tutor jets.

Before the high-flying acrobatics on Wednesday, a public reception for the Snowbirds is scheduled on Tuesday from 7-9 pm at Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille at Fourth Street and the Boardwalk.

Before heading skyward Wednesday afternoon, the Snowbirds will visit a group of 30 Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Stephen Decatur High School at 10 a.m. at the Ocean City Municipal Airport

“They will provide an overview of the jets and talk about piloting,” he said. “They always try to do one public outreach effort.”

Miller credited Bryan Lilley, Ocean City Air Show executive producer, for approaching the Snowbirds about performing at the beach.

As compared to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Miller said the Canadair Tutor jets are quieter, but the aerial team does go through similar maneuvers, with up to nine aircraft flying in tight formations.

The event, which is weather contingent, is likely to be cost neutral, Miller said.

“We’re always hopeful they are going to return,” he said.

For more information about the Canadian Snowbirds featurette, contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 410-250-0125 or visit OCocean.com.

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