Snowbirds cancel appearance at RI Airshow

By: News Staff


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QUONSET, R.I. (WLNE) — Days before the annual Rhode Island Air Show, the Royal Canadian Snowbirds have decided not to fly.

The team was scheduled to headline the weekend event at the Quonset Air Base, but pulled out citing an internal safety stand down.

However, the National Guard says the show will go on.

This is not the first time a headliner has pulled out of the Quonset show. In fact, last year, the Thunderbirds cancelled their appearance following a jet crash in Colorado.

The Snowbirds explained their reasoning for cancelling on their Facebook page:

We have decided to undertake additional practice and training from our home base at 15 Wing Moose Jaw before returning to our 2017 scheduled air performance season. While we have had several well-executed shows and practices early in the season, our Team Lead has determined that additional training is required.

‘A reduced training period hampered by poor weather which continued into the show season, resulted in numerous cancelled practices. As a result, more training is required before the Snowbirds resume the 2017 schedule’, said Major Patrick Gobeil, Snowbirds Team Lead.

We have cancelled our participation in some upcoming air shows, and intend to return to the air show circuit once we have the consistency required for our dynamic nine-aircraft aerobatic performance. The Snowbirds thank the air show organizers for their understanding and all our fans for their continued encouraging messages.

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