In support of the Calgary Stampede, the Royal Canadian Air Force will conduct a series of flybys of Calgary Stampede Park.
Flybys will take place at the beginning of the Rodeo, at approximately 1:30 p.m. local time, on their scheduled date;
- July 9, 2021 – Flyby of two CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from 4 Wing, Cold Lake, AB during opening ceremonies;
- July 17, 2021 – Flyby of two CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from 4 Wing, Cold Lake, AB; and
- July 18, 2021 – Flyby of two CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from 4 Wing, Cold Lake, AB.
In addition, each evening between July 9 and 18, 2021, a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon helicopter will fly a slung Canadian flag over Calgary Stampede Park.
The public can expect to see and hear the helicopter from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron transiting between Calgary International Airport and Stampede Park between approximately 8 and 9:30 p.m. daily.
Flybys by RCAF aircraft are carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety, and are dependent upon weather and flying conditions. The route has been designed to avoid other air traffic and overflight of densely populated areas. The aircraft will fly at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest obstacle in their path.
Captain Ken Jacobson
Public Affairs Officer, 1 Canadian Air Division
firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone: 204-833-2500 ext. 4467 / Cell: 431-276-1390