Corporal Axel Lubeck, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, flies a flag over Perris, California, during training on April 13, 2016.
April 28, 2017 – Trenton, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, will officially launch their 2017 performance season at the Wings over Gatineau Airshow in Gatineau, Québec, Sunday, April 30th.
The SkyHawks are proud to join the rest of Canada in celebrating our country’s 150th anniversary while, at the same time, marking the team’s 46th year of performing at air shows, sporting events, and festivals across Canada and the United States.
At every performance, members of the SkyHawks showcase the high standard of professionalism, teamwork, and physical fitness it takes to be part of the Canadian Armed Forces.
“This 46th season promises to be a memorable one for the SkyHawks team, as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary with numerous events across the country. I, for one, look forward to seeing what they have in store this year to entertain Canadian and American spectators. I invite everyone to come out and cheer for our talented SkyHawks team; you will certainly not be disappointed.”
Lieutenant-Colonel François Caron, Commander Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre
- The SkyHawks is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team and is comprised of Regular and Reserve Force members from across the Canadian Armed Forces.
- The SkyHawks team was established in 1971. During the last 46 years, members have performed at more than 5000 venues in Canada and around the world, while interacting with millions of spectators.
- Parachuting skills allow the Canadian Armed Forces to quickly deploy military elements to respond to local or national emergencies, such as search and rescue operations, sending humanitarian aid to remote areas, or allowing for rapid insertion of personnel across the spectrum of operations.
- The SkyHawks team has been based out of 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, for nearly twenty years and is part of the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre.