Backstage with the Canadian Snowbirds on Canada Day đź‡¨đź‡¦

From the Legion Magazine.


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The Snowbirds backstage
The Snowbirds backstage
The Snowbirds backstage

The Snowbirds backstage

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

 

It’s July 1. Nine pilots are seated around the table in a small boardroom at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, 18 kilometres from Parliament Hill as the snowbird flies. The room is a sea of Canadian red, for these are the iconic Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, and this is Canada Day 2018.

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July/August 2018 issue is now available!

July/August 2018 issue is now available!

The July/August 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. Features include:

FOUR SOLDIERS, FOUR BATTLES
In the final 100 days of the First World War, Canada was called again and again to lead the offensive

DAM WARFARE
How a terror group used the apocalyptic properties of water in its global war

ATTACK ON ASSORO
On one of the toughest missions in the Allied invasion of Sicily, Canadians seized the pinnacle of Monte Assoro

And so much more…

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This week in history
This Week in History

July 6, 1942

Anne Frank (pictured here in 1940) and her family hide in a secret annex in a workplace in Amsterdam. Discovered two years later by the Gestapo, they are sent to Auschwitz.

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