Air force will be showcased on Remembrance Day
Nov. 10, 2011, Ottawa - The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will conduct
a series of flybys in the National Capital Region (NCR) Friday, flown
by a seven-ship formation of CH-146 Griffon helicopters and a two-ship
formation of CF-188 Hornet fighters.
By Carey Fredericks
The varied flybys will take place over several venues including the
National War Memorial and the Beechwood National Cemetery in Ottawa, as
well as over the municipalities of Orleans, Russell and Alexandria.
A rehearsal for the Griffon flights will take place between the hours of
11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on November 10, with the official flybys happening
between 10:30 a.m. and noon on November 11. The aircraft will conduct
all flybys at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest point
in their flight path before resuming a higher flying altitude for the
return to their home bases. Flybys by CF aircraft are carefully planned
and closely controlled to ensure public safety at all times.
The RCAF is honoured to participate in the NCR's Remembrance Day
ceremonies. These flybys hold a special significance for the men and
women serving today, as they pay tribute to the ongoing efforts of the
Canadian Forces to contribute to international peace and security, and
to defend Canada and North America.
The seven-Griffon helicopter formation pays specific tribute to the
Canadian Forces mission in Afghanistan and the two Hornet fighters serve
to represent Canada's recent contribution in helping protect civilians
in Libya, as well as our continued North American Aerospace Defence
Command (NORAD) operations.