Snowbirds change leadership, wing assignment

February 14th, 2010

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have altered their leadership structure for the 2010 air show season.

Former Snowbird #2, Major Maryse Carmichael, will be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assume command of the squadron. Major Carmichael was the first female jet team pilot for the Snowbirds. She now becomes the first military jet team commanding officer. She will remain at the team’s home base of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan during the show season.

Major Chris Hope, formerly Snowbird #5 during the 2003, 2004 and 2005 air show seasons, will assume the role of Team Lead and Snowbird #1.

The Snowbirds will now also report to the commander of 4 Wing, a CF-18 fighter base in Cold Lake, Alberta. Since its inception, the team was under 15 Wing Moose Jaw, a training wing.

In this their 40th anniversary year, the Snowbirds will fly at 34 shows in 2010.