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RCAF Snowbirds

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The RCAF Snowbirds Canadian jet demonstration team currently fly eleven Canadair CT-114 jet training aircraft. The first performance of the team was in July of 1971.

The name of the team was chosen as the winning entry of a contest. The team first flew under the name "Canadian Snowbirds" on July 11, 1978.

The RCAF Snowbirds team has flown the CT-114 jet trainer aircraft since they were first formed. Modifications to the aircraft for performing on the team include a smoke generating system and tuning of the engines to better perform low level aerobatics. For more Canadair CT-114 pictures, wav sound, and radio control airplanes, click here.

On May 18, 2007, during a rehearsal at Malmstrong AFB, Great Falls, Montana, a RCAF Snowbirds aircraft was lost, killing the pilot, Capt. Shawn McCaughey. The plane was flying in formation while it suddenly veered off course.

A total of six team aircraft and their pilots have been lost since the team started performing.


RCAF Snowbirds
RCAF Snowbirds jet


We have seen a number RCAF Snowbirds CT-114 jets modeled. Most are scratch built.

NitroPlanes occasionally has a RCAF Snowbirds aircraft for sale.

Pictured above is the RCAF Snowbirds jet built by RC Groups member Sparhawk. It is powered by a pusher propeller.

Pictured first below is the RCAF Snowbirds jet by Dave Thomson. Power is by an O.S. 91 engine driving a fan.

The second picture is of a RCAF Snowbirds jet made from white styrofoam and balsa wood. Corey of RC Groups built the 20" wingspan jet. A GWS motor in back spinning a 3 x 2 prop is the motivation force.

Pictured last on this page is a 1/6 scale RCAF Snowbirds jet for sale by Jet Legend. Length is 65.5". Wingspan comes to an even six feet.



RCAF Snowbirds
RCAF Snowbirds jet by Dave Thomson


RCAF Snowbirds
RCAF Snowbirds jet


RCAF Snowbirds
RCAF Snowbirds plane by Jet Legend


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