Snowbird pilots give presentation to QE students

Two pilots with the renowned Snowbirds flying team, Capt. Erik Temple and Capt. Rich MacDougall, visited Queen Elizabeth School on Wednesday to do a presentation on Remembrance Day, and about their work with the Snowbirds team.

MacDougall has been in the air force for 14 years, initially working on Hercules transport aircraft, while Temple was originally a helicopter pilot before coming over to 15 Wing at CFB Moose Jaw, where the Snowbirds are based out of.

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The flying team spends part of the year at CFB Comox in B.C. doing flight training, from October to April, and from May to October they fly in around 40 air shows around Canada and the United States.

They spoke about the four factors of flight, and the different formations their team flies in. They also had a helmet that a pilot would wear, and had a student volunteer to come up and try it on.

In regard to Remembrance Day, they told a story about a girl in the Netherlands who had befriended Canadian soldiers during the Second World War, and spoke about the importance of remembering the sacrifice made in wartime.

For the full story about their presentation, check out the Weyburn Review on Wednesday, Nov. 13.