City of Ottawa reveals fighter jets will fly over capital on Canada Day

By CityNews Ottawa

The City of Ottawa revealed on June 28 two flyovers by Royal Canadian Air Force jets on Canada Day. 

In a tweet, the City said residents and visitors of Canada Day celebrations in the capital can expect two CF-18 aircrafts to fly over the National War Memorial at roughly 8:10 a.m. on July 1 while two F-18 aircrafts will fly over Parliament Hill between noon and 1 p.m.

The Department of National Defence said last week the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will be unable to fly in planned air shows and flypasts until a technical issue is resolved.

That means performances on June 29 in the Moncton, N.B., area will be cancelled while technicians work to get the team back in the air for Canada Day in Ottawa.

The department says in a news release the issue relates to a device that sets the timing for the deployment of the parachute during the ejection sequence.

It says during routine maintenance, technicians discovered the tool may not be calibrated accurately and the parachutes will now be retested and repacked to ensure proper timing for their activation in the event of an emergency.

This year, the celebrations will be held at LeBreton Flats Park and Place des festivals Zibi on July 1, rather than the usual location on Parliament Hill. LeBreton Flats will host the daytime ceremony and evening show, while other programming will be held at the Place des festivals Zibi.

With files from The Canadian Press.


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