Major Craig Sharp

Biography / November 14, 2016

Major Craig Sharp was born in Mackenzie, British Columbia. and attended elementary and secondary school in Prince George, B.C. He began his military career in 1997 at the Royal Military College, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies in 2001. He completed flight training on the Harvard II aircraft in 2003 and received his wings upon graduating Phase III training on the Hawk aircraft.

In 2004, Major Sharp was posted to 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta and completed Fighter Lead-In Training at 419 Tactical Fighter (Training) Squadron. He then proceeded to 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron to complete the CF-188 Fighter Pilot Course. In 2005 he was posted to 416 “Lynx” Tactical Fighter Squadron, then to 409 “Nighthawk” Squadron a year later where he participated in several operations in support of NORAD and training missions across North America. In 2008, he was selected for advanced CF-188 Hornet training on the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC). Major Sharp deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009 where he served as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) in support of Operation Athena. Following his seven-month tour of duty, he was assigned to 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron and instructed on the CF-188 until 2012.

In June 2012, Major Sharp was selected for an exchange pilot position with the United States Air Force flying Aggressor F-16 “Vipers” in Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska. During this three year assignment, he deployed to various locations throughout the South Pacific and led Large Force Exercises in support of the United States Air Force and several other coalition squadrons from around the world.

Major Sharp joined the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in 2015 and brings over 2,300 hours of military jet flying experience to the team. He flies as Snowbird 9 in the Lead Solo position.

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