The United States is back on the Canadian Forces Snowbirds' schedule and they're happy to see it.
© Lyndsay McCready
The 431 Squadron Canadian Forces Snowbirds will return to the United States in 2014, in spite of funding cuts that had jeopardized their American tour dates earlier this month.
"The U.S. shows are back on. There's still one show to reconfirm, but we're pleased to be going back," said Capt. Thomas Edelson, a spokesman for the squadron.
"It is obviously a big highlight of the year, and it has always been part of our annual schedule … It's always good to head south and chase the good weather before we come back to the frozen province."
The 431 Squadron Snowbirds had to cancel their American dates earlier this month, after flying hours were slashed in response to budget cuts for the squadron.
Edelson said the "how and why" to the decision that the Snowbirds would get their American dates back happened "at much higher levels" than himself, but the team "is excited to have the United States back."
"They're always a good indicator of sorts," he said. "There's a wide spectrum and some of the U.S. shows are actually quite small … (but) I think that variety is always well-received in the United States and I've always had great responses from American fans.
"We are looking forward to having more of a standard season, that's for sure," said Edelson.