Major Yanick Gregoire

Biography / November 17, 2016

Major Yanick “Crank” Gregoire was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and was a proud member of 188 ‘Cobra’ Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Toronto.

Major Gregoire enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Direct Entry Officer in 1997, after graduating from Toronto’s Seneca College Aviation and Flight Technology program with a Commercial multi-engine license.

He received his military wings in 2000 and was selected for CF-18 Hornet fighter pilot training.  Following his fighter lead-in training at 419 Squadron, and operational training at 410 Squadron, Major Gregoire was posted to 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta in 2004.

While at 416 Squadron participated in numerous NORAD and NATO exercises in both North America and Europe.  He also flew many hours of air sovereignty and defence of Canada missions following the events of September 11, 2001.

Following the disbandment of 416 Squadron in June 2006, Major Gregoire was posted to 410 Squadron, as a CF-18 Instructor Pilot in Cold Lake, Alberta where he was also selected to be the CF-18 Demonstration Pilot for the 2007 airshow season.

After his time at 410 Squadron, Major Gregoire was selected as Snowbird 4 with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds for the 2010 and 2011 seasons and was posted to 431 Air Demonstration Squadron in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

In 2011, Major Gregoire returned to Cold Lake, first as Deputy Operations Officer with 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron then to 4 Wing Operations Headquarters as the Wing Daily Operations Officer, where he coordinated and facilitated various Wing activities.

In December 2013, Major Gregoire was promoted to his current rank and in August 2014, returned to 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron as the Deputy Commanding Officer.  In early 2015, Major Gregoire deployed to the Middle East on Operation Impact as part of the Middle East Stabilization Force.

In August 2015, Major Grégoire returned to 431 Air Demonstration Squadron to lead the Team as Snowbird 1 for the 2016 air show season. In 2017, he became the Snowbird’s Deputy Commanding Officer. Over the course of his career he has accumulated over 4,000 flying hours in various civilian and military aircraft, of which over 3,000 hours have been flown in high performance military jet aircraft and over 100 hours in combat.

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