Canadian Snowbirds and SkyHawks fly to Penticton for Peach Fest – Okanagan

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The Penticton Peach Fest is expected to kick off in a few days. Prior to activities, the Canadian Snowbirds and Skyhawks prepare for the Penticton Air Display.

The SkyHawks, Canada’s only military parachute team, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform Wednesday night.

“We’re going to fly just over the water, near the waterfront and the pier. What you can expect is our full overhead show, weather permitting,” said Snowbird 3 pilot Captain Ari Mahajan. He promises a full 30-minute show.

“We’re going to loop, roll and we’re going to do crossovers, our full show.”

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The Snowbirds had a foggy touchdown Monday morning due to a fire in the South Okanagan. The smoke greatly affects the type of show they can put on and the number of tricks they can do.

“Smoke from wildfires can be very difficult. Obviously this reduces visibility, not only on the ground but also in the air, so smoke at altitude can be a bit of a concern,” Captain Erik Temple said.

“We’re going to be monitoring what’s going on very closely, talking with NAV Canada and the other agencies to make sure the show is safe first and foremost.”

The Penticton Peach Fest performance is about halfway through their summer season.

Mahajan said he was grateful to be able to fly with the Snowbirds team.

“To be able to take the show all over North America and show the public what we do, hoping to represent the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, yes, it’s amazing.

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Skyhawk and Snowbird performances mark the first day of the festival and pilots are excited to experience the South Okanagan and what it has to offer. They are asking Penticton boaters to avoid the area where they will be performing.

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“We would like all watercraft, boats, paddle boards and kayaks to be able to just stay out of the water towards the south side of the lake. That’s what we need to perform aerobatics, so we need that area to be clear or we have to change the show,” Temple said.

The SkyHawks show starts at 5 p.m. and the Snowbirds show starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday nights.

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