Snowbirds, Skyhawks launch first performance with French flair
from SKIES Magazine
Despite an overcast sky and temperatures that hovered just above freezing, the Canadian Armed Forces parachute team leaped into its first performance of the 2017 airshow season with a jump from a CH-147F Chinook over the airfield at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport on April 30. As they descended to strains of The Ride of the Valkyries and the French and Canadian national anthems, the SkyHawks, in their distinctive maple leaf chutes, unfurled a French flag and streamed blue, white and red smoke in honour of La Patrouille de France, the renowned jet aerobatic team of France's Armée de l'Air.
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