Snowbirds May Soar Over Terrace Skies in 2020

John Crawford
02/14/2019

Two decades after they last roared through the skies over Terrace, the famed Snowbirds are set to return -- if things go as planned for local organizers.

Officially known as the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds have agreed to participate in the Northwest Regional Airshow, being planned for the Terrace/Kitimat Airport for the summer of 2020, subject to final approval of the show.

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Airport manager Carman Hendry says preparations have been underway for several months -- but the news became public when co-organizer Steve Pereira made a presentation to Terrace City Council this week, looking for a letter of support, which is a requirement for the Snowbirds' participation.

"We were trying to keep that a little bit quiet but we needed to get a letter of support from the city and with the help of Mr Pereira, we're going to try to have one going here in 2020," said Hendry.

Council voted unanimously  to write the letter of support.

Pereira says it'll be several months before a final decision on Terrace's application is made by the military -- but he's optimistic, saying the July 29th date would fit in well with the Snowbirds' 2020 itinerary, coming just before the Vanderhoof and Abbotsford airshows. 

The last airshow in Terrace was in 2004, but the Snowbirds did not take part.

Among the other performers planned for the air show are the Sky Hawks Parachute Demo team  and the CF-18 Hornet Jet.

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