The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are set to fly over St. Albert Friday afternoon around 2 p.m. to help raise the spirits of Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19.
Dubbed Operation Inspiration, the team's signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, has spent the past two weeks flying over cities across the country, working its way west from Nova Scotia.
“We’ve been asked to do what we do best ... inspire Canadians,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, Canadian Forces Snowbirds commanding officer, in a press release.
“Through Operation INSPIRATION, we not only want to salute the front-line health-care workers, first responders, and essential workers, but also all Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want Canadians to know we’re in this with you.”
The Snowbirds flew through and landed in Cold Lake on Thursday night before heading to Fort McMurray and Edmonton Friday.
The team took off at 9:30 a.m. this morning from Cold Lake, flying up to Fort McMurray to land at 10:30 a.m.
Takeoff from Fort McMurray is set for 1:30 p.m., where the Snowbirds will head south through Morinville and St. Albert around 2:05 p.m.
From there, the team will continue over Edmonton before landing at the Edmonton International Airport around 2:30 p.m.
Flyovers will be done no lower than 500 feet, keeping at a higher altitude for fuel conservation, according to the Snowbirds Facebook page.
Routes and times may change and sight seekers are encouraged to check in to the Snowbirds' social media pages for updates.