Blog Posts RSS

There is nothing more exciting than hearing the roar of a jet engine and seeing multiple jets fly by in formation. If you’ve seen our recent flyovers or caught us at an air show, this will be a familiar sight. What may be less apparent is all the work that goes into planning and successfully executing the formations our pilots make look so effortless! Join us as we walk through each step of planning and executing a formation flight, from before the planes take off to after their wheels touch down.

l Clark is our Crew Chief and oversees everything we do on the ground. A key member of Waterloo Warbirds since day one, Al has led numerous achievements with the team and has developed a great crew. He has flown in jet aircraft, attended shows across Canada and the US, and forged a bond with other like-minded individuals that he could only dream about as a young aviation enthusiast. Al sat down with us to give a glimpse into life on the ramp and share some of his favourite aviation moments.

When you look up in anticipation of hearing a roar go across the sky, or catch a glimpse of the aircraft as it zooms overhead, have you ever wondered what is involved in making that flyover happen? Let us look at the process involved in making those few seconds so very memorable. With our upcoming flyover on May 12th, 2020, here is what went into the planning...

Waterloo Warbirds will take to the skies in a salute to Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Front-Line Essential Personnel doing their part to support our communities during the fight against COVID-19. Waterloo Warbirds’ Canadair T-33 Mako Shark will take flight with its signature toothy paint scheme and a trail of white smoke, in a tribute flyover of hospitals, police stations and long-term care facilities across the Region of Waterloo. The team's iconic Harvard IIB will head towards Guelph with the signature sound of her Pratt & Whitney radial engine filling the sky and laying a trail of white smoke over hospitals, police stations and long-term care facilities in tribute to those on the front lines of this pandemic. Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, one of six Canadian Armed Forces members lost in the helicopter crash during Operation REASURRANCE, will be honoured as part of the flyover of Guelph, his birthplace. Waterloo...

Ray Thwaites is our Chief Pilot and shares unforgettable rides in our T-33 Mako Shark. With over 31 years in commercial aviation for both major Canadian mainline and charter airlines, Ray has had the opportunity to fly a wide variety of aircraft ranging from the DC-3 to the Boeing 757-767 and more! When he’s not tearing up the skies in a blue jet, he works as a Contract Flight Instructor and Transport Canada Validator on the Boeing 767. Ray sat down with us to share some information on his aviation journey, his favourite aviation memories, and advice for aspiring aviators.