A decision to retire the venerable CT-114A Tutor at Canadian
Forces 15 Wing, combined with a remarkably severe budget crunch in
the Canadian Defense Ministry has raised urgent questions about the
future of the Snowbirds aerial display team.
A Fighter Pilot's Perspective On That Terrible Day
Air National Guard Major Rob Swertfager's life was also turned
upside down on that terrible day in September, 2001. Three weeks
earlier, Swertfager had just returned from the skies over Iraq,
where he flew patrols as part of Operation Southern Watch. Now he
was about to patrol the skies over his own country from the Fresno
ANG Base (CA).