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The Canadian Forces Snowbirds Will Fly Over Montreal Today To Say Thank You

After arriving in Quebec yesterday, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are scheduled to fly over Montreal on Thursday, landing at around 1:45 p.m. They will take off from yesterday's landing point in Saguenay, reaching Quebec City at 10:30 a.m. where they will make a landing. They'll head west at 12:45 p.m., passing Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, and Granby before reaching the metropolis.

They'll finish the day by circling Ottawa and Gatineau.

Their current nationwide tour is part of "Operation Inspiration," which aims "to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19," according to a statement.

"The team’s signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, will fly over cities across the country starting in Nova Scotia this weekend and working west throughout the week," a news release from April 29 reads.

"The team will release anticipated locations, routes, and times on their social media platforms each day. Flyovers will occur at an elevation no lower than 500 feet above all obstacles."

They further explain on social media that they only release daily flying schedules on the day of takeoff so that they can make adjustments to accommodate for weather patterns.

“We’ve been asked to do what we do best… inspire Canadians,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

“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,” he concluded.

“Every year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds travel the country putting smiles on the faces of Canadians,” said Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force.

“While Canadians may not be able to gather at air shows for now, we’re honoured to bring the Snowbirds team to Canadians and to pay special tribute to them.”

On Facebook, the squadron asks spectators to "please maintain [the] physical distancing practices that are keeping us all safe." 

Team members will also follow public health recommendations with regular hand-washing. They will wear personal protective equipment "while travelling" and "[minimize] any interactions with people outside of the team."

Be sure to look up in the minutes before 1:45 p.m. The rudimentary flight map published on Facebook appears to indicate that they will fly over the downtown and circle around Montreal and Laval. 

Stay tuned for more news.

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