Military aircraft stop in Sault Ste. Marie (photo gallery)

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The Snowbirds gassed up in Sault Ste. Marie on their way to Thunder Bay, then home to Moose Jaw, July 3, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

If you were tuned into Twitter yesterday and happen to follow the red and white tutor jets we call Snowbirds you would have learned they were on the way here.

The Snowbirds gassed up in Sault Ste. Marie on their way to Thunder Bay, then home to Moose Jaw, July 3, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

Armed with this knowledge and the ability to follow SNWBD1 on flight tracker, SaultOnline and about 20 other citizens made our way to the airport to catch them in action, and, we weren’t disappointed.

The Snowbirds were travelling from Ottawa, Ontario to Thunder Bay with one problem. Like many people crossing our country, they realize it can be a long way across Northern Ontario on a single tank of gas. So, just like the Chinook Helicopter which landed and took off before their arrival, they made CYAM home… for an hour.

Most of the team members made high speed passes of the runway, some with smoke on, before diverting and joining the traffic to land and refuel. Within a span of approximately 30 minutes, all the jets made safe landings in Sault Ste. Marie.

Much to the disappointment of city residents, they charted a course which took them over Michigan instead of flying directly over the city. SaultOnline has learned that weather and COVID-19 permitting, they will be back in August and may do a fly over then.

Stay with SaultOnline for details as the date come closer.

 

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