The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will conduct their annual spring training at 19 Wing Comox from May 4-26, 2021.
During this period, the public can expect to see jet aircraft in the vicinity and are advised that there may be associated jet noise. These training flights are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure public safety at all times and are subject to weather and operational requirements.
While the team is thrilled to return to a community that welcomes them so warmly, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic they request that members of the public follow the public health measures recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Health and do not come to 19 Wing Comox to watch the team practice. This also includes any other traditional viewing areas around the base including Air Force Beach and Heritage Air Park.
While in the Comox valley, the Snowbirds will be following provincial and federal health measures including wearing masks, frequent hand washing, social distancing and will limit their movements in the community as much as possible. Members of 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, like many Canadian Armed Forces members across Canada, have been receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine dose in recent days and weeks.
If members of the community would like to show their support for the team they are encouraged to share photos and videos of themselves in Snowbird red and tag the CF Snowbirds social media accounts in pictures and videos (@cfsnowbirds) on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. They can also decorate their property with red for the pilots to see from the air.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the team will not be hosting their annual autograph session at the Comox Air Force Museum. The public is encouraged to watch the Snowbirds social media accounts for virtual opportunities to connect with the team.
19 Wing Comox Quick Facts
19 Wing Comox has been the Royal Canadian Air Force’s primary installation on Canada’s Pacific Coast since May 1, 1943.
- 19 Wing Comox employs approximately 1,100 military personnel, and 300 civilian staff.
- The 19 Wing Commander oversees three operational squadrons (407 Long Range Patrol, 435 Transport and Rescue, and 442 Transport and Rescue) as well as 418 Search and Rescue Operational Training Squadron, the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue, three support squadrons (19 Air Maintenance Squadron,19 Operations Support Squadron, and 19 Mission Support Squadron), Deputy Wing Commander branch, and 10 lodger units.
- 19 Wing supports aeronautical and marine search and rescue over a region spanning from 600 nautical miles off the west coast of Canada to approximately the Manitoba-Ontario border, and includes the provinces of Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia; northwestern Ontario; and the territories of Yukon, Nunavut and the North West Territories.