Tributes

The Snowbirds’ pilots are highly trained professionals who have many years of flying experience with the Air Force. They are well-known for their skill, professionalism and teamwork.

However, there is risk associated with formation flying. Flying by its very nature has an inherent element of risk. Eight Snowbird pilots have lost their lives in the performance of their duty. We remember them.

Every Snowbird performance is a tribute to these pilots and to all the men and women of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds who have dedicated themselves to excellence.

Captain Bryan Mitchell

Captain Bryan Mitchell
Snowbird #3, Designate

Killed Oct 9th 2008, at 47 years of age during a dissimilar formation photo flight at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. Sgt Charles Senecal, 15 Wing imagery technician, was also killed in this flight.

Captain Shawn McCaughey

Captain Shawn McCaughey
Snowbird #2, Inner Right Wing

Killed during a practice flight at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, U.S.A. May 18, 2007 at the age of 31.

Captain Miles Selby

Captain Miles Selby
Snowbird #8, Opposing Solo

Killed during a training mission in December 2004, in Mossbank, Saskatchewan, at the age of 31.

Captain Michael VandenBos

Captain Michael VandenBos
Snowbird #2, Inner Right Wing

Killed during a training mission in December 1998, just south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, at the age of 29.

Captain Shane Antaya

Captain Shane Antaya
Snowbird #2, Inner Right Wing

Killed during an airshow in 1989, at the CNE in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 26.

Captain Wes Mackay

Captain Wes Mackay
Snowbird #8, Lead Solo

Killed in a motor accident in 1988, after a performance in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, at the age of 28.

Captain Gordon de Jong

Captain Gordon de Jong
Snowbird #8, Lead Solo

Killed during an airshow in 1978, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, at the age of 32.

Captain Lloyd Waterer

Captain Lloyd Waterer
Snowbird #8, Lead Solo

Killed during an airshow in 1972, in Trenton, Ontario, at the age of 24.

Hush - The silence lingers still White clouds brush the distant hill The Snowbirds flown on silent wings Far from earth bound, tugging strings.

Hush - There lies but one man sleeping A date with his Maker he is keeping Though once he raced across the sky, in flight Radiant, as a star at night.

Hush - He was an airman bold Who saw the sunset turning gold Who soared with grace across this land A brave man, in a brave man's band.

No more in danger shall he tread No more the sunsets turning red Though high above our prairie fleece We know his soul will find its peace.

Hush - The Snowbird's taken flight Into the great beyond of night To join his comrades, in the wing Which flies just for our Heavenly King.

- Peter Walt