Canadian Forces Skyhawks cancel 2021 airshow season

The Canadian Forces’ parachute display team, the Skyhawks, will not perform until at least 2022, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Posting on social media during the virtual ICAS Convention – during which most North American military airshow teams announce their schedules for the upcoming year – the Skyhawks said they had cancelled their 2021 season “as a result of public health and other considerations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

They added: “If safe to do so, the SkyHawks will look to resume parachute performances in 2022. It will be a landmark year as we celebrate 50 years of performances.”

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Demo Team have already announced their 2021 schedule, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are expected to follow suit shortly. However, unlike these two teams, the Snowbirds typically travel to the United States for pre-season training.

The CF-18 Demo Team plan to support at least one US airshow in 2021, but this will be done remotely, with the aircraft not touching down on US soil. This suggests the Canadian military is taking a cautious approach to cross-border travel next summer, which is currently severely restricted.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.