Saturday, May 16, 2020 was a day of anticipation for many as
the Canadian Snowbirds were giving us a flyover. Their original plans were cancelled this year
due to the CoVid virus and this was later planned as “Operation Inspiration” to
honor Canadians who are victims of the virus as well as those fighting on the
front lines. Due to weather conditions
there was not an official schedule given and no celebrations planned.
We’d heard the Snowbirds would appear today. They flew right overhead so I was able to run
outside when I heard them to take a few quick photos. With cloud covered skies, their colors aren’t
showing but their expertise and placement to each other is amazing to watch and
always a thrill.
We are near the airport so a trip out to see the planes
after their landing was a necessity for me and my camera. The traffic was heavy but no crowds were
there as nothing had been planned with the Snowbirds at this time, they’d
encouraged everyone to not gather and to remain distant. Their mission was being accomplished only
with their flyovers.
|Big and small|
The size of this plane that accompanied the Snowbirds is an
amazing size compared to them. This
photo shows the comparison. There are
two extra Snowbirds that accompany the show should they need a replacement so
this covered one may be one of those two.
This year celebrates their 50th
year. They have evolved over the years to be what
they are today with the name Snowbirds being given them in 1971. In 1975 they were officially authorized to be
designated the “Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Team”.
|The day is done|
We drove in closer to the landing strip and I took some
photos thru the fencing that surrounds the airfield. I was not very close to the planes but with a
good lens and peeking between the chain links, I was able to get a better photo
of the planes.
The pilots were starting to come into the nearby building
and I noticed they were all wearing face masks for protection against the
Covid, this was impressive to me.
Although I wasn’t able to get a good photo of her, I was very excited to
also see a woman standing by the plane as part of the team, learning later it was Capt. Jenn Casey.
|Captain Jennifer Casey|
Little did anyone know their Kamloops visit would end as it
did on May 17, 2020. It is with heavy
heart that I write this. Captain
Jennifer Casey was the PR for the Snowbirds and aspired to become a pilot herself one
day. The morning following these
photos being taken, there was a crash near our home that has shaken the whole
May Captain Jennifer Casey RIP as her family, friends,
coworkers and all of Canada mourn her death.