Thursday , 18 August 2022

Fly-over Cold Lake begins at 11am, weather permitting

Systems are a go for today’s anniversary fly-over Cold Lake from 4 Wing fighter jets.

At 11:00am Thursday morning, a formation of twelve CF-18 Hornets, six CT-155 Hawks, and a CH-146 Griffon will be participating in this fly-past, as long as weather allows.

The flight path will begin over the lake, and it will be best viewed from the Cold Lake Marina as they head from north to south over Cold Lake proceeding over the base.

The jets will then regroup and proceed from the south over the base to the north, before breaking formation to land. This is a slightly different path than originally planned, but will still offer the public a great view, officials say.

CFB Cold Lake is doing this in recognition of the 97th birthday of the Royal Canadian Air Force, their readiness to support its NORAD mandate, and the contribution of all members of the community that have endured a very difficult year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aircraft will be at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest obstacle over ground level.

Residents are asked to follow social gatherings measures when viewing the visual display.

The viewing area at 4 Wing is also available, but again, residents are asked to adhere to all social distancing measures.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.