My friend Chris and I make a regular habit of going together to airshows. I’m not terribly knowledgeable about aircraft, but I greatly enjoy the chance to walk up close and see the planes. And watching the performances put on by the incredibly skilled pilots that headline the major shows is something I look forward to.
I’ve watched the Snowbirds perform in person probably half a dozen times now, and they can still consistently bring tears of joy to my eyes each time I see them fly. The precision and beauty of their shows is unmatched. The dedication and skill of every Snowbird pilot is astounding, and I feel proud to be a Canadian every time I see them.
Earlier today, Snowbird Capt. Shawn McCaughey died in a crash while practicing for an upcoming airshow in Montana. I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Captain McCaughey: my thoughts are with them and the rest of the Snowbirds today.