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Air Force anniversary to be recognized by 4 Wing Cold Lake flyby

A fly-by is being organized by 4 Wing Cold Lake to recognize the 97th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force, among other events
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Residents of the City of Cold Lake have the chance to look to the skies for an air show on April 1. File photo.

COLD LAKE – The City of Cold Lake will be getting an air show, and it's not an April Fools' Day joke.

On April 1, 4 Wing Cold Lake will be conducting a fly-past in recognition of the 97th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force, their readiness to support their NORAD mandate, and the contribution of all members of the community that have endured a difficult year during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement from 4 Wing.

There will be 12 CF-18 Hornets, six CT-155 Hawks, and a CH-146 Griffon participating in the flyby.  

The flyby will begin at 11 a.m. when a formation of CF-18 Hornets and CT-155 Hawks will fly over Kinosoo Beach from north to south. The aircraft will then regroup and fly over the city from east to west.   

With COVID-19 restrictions in place across the country, residents of the city are encouraged to follow provincial public health measures on outdoor gatherings and watch the fly-past from the comfort of their homes, if possible.  

“Royal Canadian Air Force flybys are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure public safety at all times. The RCAF is proud to share in special events, which allows us to demonstrate the capabilities of our personnel and aircraft to Canadians," reads the announcement.

Aircraft participation is subject to weather and operational requirements.

Robynne Henry, Bonnyville Nouvelle