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Dozens of BC pilots participated in a mass flyover of Metro Vancouver on Monday evening, in a touching tribute to the CF Snowbirds.
The flyover was organized by the BC General Aviation Association and called “Operation Backup Inspiration.” A total of 35 airplanes began a flight at Abbotsford and flew across the Lower Mainland following Sunday’s Snowbirds crash in Kamloops, which resulted in the death of Captain Jenn Casey.
The Snowbirds were performing over Kamloops as part of a cross-country tour to lift the spirits of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aerial aerobic troupe has been grounded until further notice.
Once the first aircraft passed, a line of planes followed that lasted for approximately 14 minutes.
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Small clip from the takeoff. The whole thing took about 5-7 minutes, which obviously wouldn’t fit on here. We love you, @CFSnowbirds #RIPCaptCasey #OperationBackupInspiration pic.twitter.com/D6cDC4Ti90
— YXX Weather Office (@CwoYxx) May 19, 2020
What a special moment to remember and celebrate the life of Capt. Jenn Casey and pay tribute to the @CFSnowbirds.
— Farhan Mohamed (@farhanmohamed) May 19, 2020
— Miranda Lewis (@Miranda_P_Lewis) May 19, 2020
— Fernanda Fatio (@fernanda_fatio) May 19, 2020
#OperationBackupInspiration this evening saw 35 aircraft fly across the Lower Mainland to pay tribute to yesterday’s downed Snowbird. Made sure to wear red for this occasion passing over #Burnaby🇨🇦 #LestWeForget🌺@CwoYxx @CFSnowbirds #CFSnowbirds pic.twitter.com/D4g0pFxiz7
— Richard N. Liu | 劉念祖 | 리처드 리우 | リチャード・N・リュー🇨🇦 (@richardliu18) May 19, 2020
May 18, 2020 🇨🇦 7pm #HeroesCheer #OperationBackupInspiration flyover in tribute of #CaptainJenniferCasey of the #CFSnowbirds 💙Guildford Surrey area. #OperationInspiration #RIPCaptCasey 💔 pic.twitter.com/IrfJ2xjtqF
— Amanda Todd Legacy (@AToddLegacy) May 19, 2020
— … (@1111blessed1111) May 19, 2020
— My Vancouver Life (@myvancouverlife) May 19, 2020
— Liv (@Liv2bLeen) May 19, 2020
— Ramona Wildeman (@ramonawildeman) May 19, 2020
— Ridge Meadows RCMP (@RidgeRCMP) May 19, 2020
— jackie (@jacqpatton) May 19, 2020
— Ken Chan (@iamkennethchan) May 19, 2020