Apr 13/2001                

A little Canadian news for you.

The following article is from The Vancouver Sun newspaper in Vancouver BC, one of Canada's most respected dailies.  Its website is at http://www.vancouversun.com.

Snowbirds grounded after landing mishap Jeremy Sandler Vancouver Sun with Canadian Press Susan Quinn, Special to the Vancouver Sun / Going nowhere very fast, a crippled Snowbird is removed from a CFB Comox runway. The pilot, Captain Warren Wright, escaped injury when the landing gear of the  jet collapsed during a nine-plane formation landing Tuesday. The Snowbirds had just finished a routine practice. The military has grounded the  team until an investigation of the accident is completed.  One of Canada's famous aerobatic pilots escaped serious injury on  Tuesday after the landing gear of his Snowbird jet collapsed  during a formation landing at CFB Comox.  Captain Warren Wright of Delta, an eight-year veteran of the Canadian Air Force who is in his second year with the flying team, was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure but released soon afterward.  Wright's jet was flying near the rear of the nine-plane group during a routine formation landing. The pilots are preparing for upcoming summer air-show season.  Comox's base commander, Colonel Bill Neumann, said the team comes west from its base in Moose Jaw, Sask. every year to practice aerobatics over the varied terrain and weather offered by B.C.  He added that there was a full emergency response to the accident and that no cause had yet been determined.  "We have to investigate the entire accident and find out what caused it," he said. "At this early stage, anything we have would be purely speculative."  The entire team has been grounded pending an investigation.  The Snowbirds are scheduled to perform 67 shows at 43 different sites across North America this year.


Below is a limited edition print I found on the net that demonstrates the Snowbirds well...this print is currently available for sale. 


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