Major Bassam Mnaymneh

Biography / November 14, 2016

Major Bassam Mnaymneh from Windsor, Ontario joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997, as an Army officer under the Regular Officer Training Plan.  In 2001 he graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and later switched into the Pilot Occupation.

After receiving his wings in 2004, he was posted to 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Victoria, British Columbia to fly the CH-124 Sea King.  While posted to 443 Squadron, he was deployed on numerous operations, including Operation Altair, and exercises off Hawaii and South America.

In 2009, he was posted to 406 Maritime Occupation Training Squadron in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to instruct pilots on the Sea King helicopter.

Shortly after, he was posted to 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (2 CFFTS) in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  During his time at 2 CFFTS, Major Mnaymneh accumulated over 1,100 hrs flying time on the CT-156 Harvard II and over 1,200 hrs flying time on the CT-155 Hawk.  He was promoted to the rank of Major in Dec 2013.  He commanded the Flight Instructor School and held an A Category dual qualification on the Hawk and Harvard.  

Major Bassam Mnaymneh joined the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in 2016 and brings over 4,700 hours of military flying experience to the team.  He flies the number 6 jet in the Outer Right Wing position.

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