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Sun May 17, 2020, 06:54 PM

4. Oh, no...the Snowbirds are amazing.

I've seen them perform a few times, and they do a very graceful and technically perfect show. The US Navy Blue Angels are all about speed and power, the USAF Thunderbirds are precision. The Snowbirds put on a much more 'relaxed' show. I've also seen the British Red Arrows and Italian Frecce Tricolori demonstration teams.

From CBC coverage it looks like it was most likely something mechanical. The planes are Canadair CT-114 Tutor models, produced from the 1960's until 2000. The Snowbirds regularly swap out their planes with Canadian Forces trainer aircraft so they are flying low flight-time airframes. They are maintained to the highest standards.

Here's a CBC link to the latest news:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/plane-crash-kamloops-1.5573930

A great loss.

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