Military aircraft will fly over a handful of communities across Vancouver Island this coming Remembrance Day.
The Royal Canadian Air Force says it will conduct flybys for Remembrance Day commemorations taking place in Campbell River, Courtenay, Cumberland and Sidney.
They say a CC-115 Buffalo utility transport aircraft will flyover Campbell River while a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter will flyover Courtenay and Cumberland. A CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter is also scheduled to flyover Sidney.
“During the flybys, the aircraft will fly at minimum altitudes above the highest obstacle in their path. Flybys conducted by RCAF aircraft are carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety, and are dependent upon weather and flying conditions,” the Royal Canadian Air Force said in a press release.
Flybys are also scheduled for a variety of communities across British Columbia and the rest of Canada, including Port Moody and Vancouver, where a CP-140 Aurora will flyby. Four CF-18 Hornet fighter jets are scheduled to fly above Ottawa.
The RCAF says the flybys will take place at “various times” throughout Remembrance Day.
Additionally, the Royal Canadian Navy says HMCS Saskatoon and HMCS Brandon, two Kingston-class maritime coastal defence vessels, and Orca-class patrol craft training vessels – will be conducting a sail past of the Victoria coastline on Nov. 11.
The sail past will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Remembrance Day in Sidney and will end around 1:20 p.m. at the Esquimalt Lagoon. The event will be streamed live on Facebook and can be viewed here.
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