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Perfect-weather airshow wows thousands at 14 Wing Greenwood

GREENWOOD - Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, The Snowbirds, flew a flawless show for a huge crowd Saturday afternoon at the Atlantic Canada International Airshow hosted by 14 Wing Greenwood.

The nine-plane formation wowed a crowd of about 5,000 Aug. 26 and it capped a long day of aerial displays by military and civilian crews that included parachuting, wing walking, and flying demonstrations that included loops, rolls, and lots of edge-of-the-seat dives straight down. There was even a jet-powered truck.

About the fastest moves in the show came from the CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team while possibly the most dangerous act was wing walker Carol Pilon from Third Strike Wingwalking.

While the Snowbirds’ show was flawless in the air, when the planes touched down, Snowbird 5, piloted by Capt. Matthew Hart, had trouble with his front landing gear where a small fire broke out in the nose wheel.

Two fire trucks rushed to the scene and quickly extinguished the flames. Snowbirds spokesperson Michele Tremblay said Sunday’s show could go on as normal or fly in an eight-plane formation.

Moments after the fire trucks rolled in, she said she couldn’t speculate on what happened. Tremblay is a member of the Snowbirds as a passenger in Snowbird 11 and public relations officer for the squadron.

With Hart in Snowbird 5 was trainee Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier. Both were able to get out and were uninjured.

The Aug. 26 Atlantic Canada International Airshow went ahead in perfect weather and the same is expected for Aug. 27 when the show resumes. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the day ends at 5 pm.  The tentative flying schedule is from 12 to 4 p.m.

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