Canadian Forces Snowbirds

The Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron are a Canadian icon comprised of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and National Defence Public Service employees.

Pilots, technicians (aviation, avionics, aircraft structure, supply), mobile support operators, resource management support clerks, an engineering officer, a logistics officer and a public affairs officer representing all three elements (Army, Navy and Air Force), work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the Canadian public. Serving as ambassadors of the CAF, the CF Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of skill, professionalism, teamwork, discipline and dedication inherent in the men and women of the CAF and they inspire the pursuit of excellence wherever they go in North America.

A brief squadron history, motto and battle honours can be found on the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History and Heritage webpage. 431 Squadron has flown the following aircraft:

  • Vickers Wellington
  • Handley-Page Halifax
  • Avro Lancaster
  • Canadair (North American) F-86 Sabre
431 Squadron Badge

Motto: The Hatiten Ronteriios (Warriors of the air)

Services and information

Schedule

View the schedule for the current season.

Squadron members

Find biographies of the current team members.

Past members

View Snowbird teams dating back to 1971.

Honorary Snowbirds

Learn about the Society of Honorary Snowbirds and view a list of honoraries.

Formations

View the formations performed by the snowbirds.

Frequently asked questions

Answers to common questions about the Snowbirds.

Tributes

Tributes to team members that have lost their lives in the performance of their duty.

Promotional and publication media

Find demonstration team resources for event organisers and media.

Image gallery

View images of the Snowbirds from the RCAF image gallery.

News

A member of the RCAF and a Snowbirds aircraft

50 years of tradition

Led by Major Glen Younghusband, the Snowbird's performance 50 years ago was the first major airshow performance of approximately 2,700 official airshows the team has now flown over the last 50 years across North America.
August 6, 2021

The CF-18 Demonstration team aircraft.

RCAF Air Demonstration teams launch 2021 season under Operation INSPIRATION

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) air demonstration teams officially began their 2021 season today after formal certification by the Commanders of 1 Canadian Air Division and 2 Canadian Air Division following an acceptance show at 15 Wing Moose Jaw.
May 28, 2021

Nine jet aircraft fly in tight formation in a blue sky.

Canadian Forces Snowbirds Release 2021 Show Schedule

On December 8, 2020, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds released their tentative schedule for the 2021 Show Season, which will celebrate their 50th Anniversary.
December 8, 2020

A Snowbird CT-114 Tutor, August 2020.

Operational pause of CT-114 Tutor fleet lifted

On August 24, 2020, the Commander of 2 Canadian Air Division, Brigadier-General Denis O’Reilly, has lifted the operational pause on the CT-114 Tutor fleet.
August 24, 2020

Seven red and white jet aircraft fly in formation.

Canadian Forces Snowbirds launch cross-Canada tour

During Operation Inspiration, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will cross the country to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19.
April 29, 2020

Contact information

For more information on booking a Canadian Armed Forces aircraft to participate in your community's air show or special event, please visit Event booking, or contact SpecialEvents.EvenementsSpeciaux@forces.gc.ca  

431 (AD) Squadron 
15 Wing
PO Box 5000
Moose Jaw SK  S6H 7Z8

Email: Snowbird.Team@sasktel.net
Telephone: 306-694-2222 extension 2437
Fax: 306-694-2809

Please allow up to ten business days for a reply.

Ambassadorships

The Snowbirds are proud ambassadors of the CH.I.L.DFoundation (english only)

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