Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Forces Parachute Team, The Sky Hawks, 1977-1979

The Canadian Forces Parachute Team, The Sky Hawks

Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the Sky Hawks, Chinook helicopter exit over Drop Zone (DZ) Buxton, Alberta, 1978.  The author looked up to catch John Glover on the left, Rick Guthrie in the middle, Pat Turpin on the right and Al McGee in the rear on a formation exit from the CH-147 Chinook.  There were no slow pokes on this exit, nice clean and tight formation!  (Author Photo)

Data current to 21 July 2017

   

Three of the early Sky Hawk team crests worn on our jumpsuits 1977-1980.

The Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the Sky Hawks, is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team.  It has been representing Canada and the Canadian Forces for more than 47 years, providing parachute demonstration jumps to over 73 million spectators worldwide under the team’s signature Canadian flag parachutes.  Bringing their parachutes in close proximity to build formations in the sky, the team puts on a spectacular show.  Performing these aerobatic parachute formations requires a high level of skill and courage; and is known as Canopy Relative Work.

Supported by the Canadian Army, the Sky Hawks are currently based out of Trenton, Ontario, at the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre.  There, they train alongside soldiers who help defend our territory and sovereignty through a wide variety of domestic and overseas missions.  Both Regular and Reserve, the team members are from various occupations of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and bring a wide range of experience to their performances.

It is with great pride that they continue to showcase the professionalism, dedication and team work it takes to be part of Canada’s military.[1]

Sky Hawk History

 (Photos courtesy of Gerry Vida)

Two of the early Sky Hawk team crests worn on their jumpsuits 1971-76.

In June of 1969 an unofficial team comprised of sport parachute qualified members of the Canadian Airborne Regiment was formed under the authority of the Commanding Officer.  The Team performed its first show on the 14th of June 1969, at the Mobile Force Fire Power Demonstration at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ontario.  At that time the team was known as the Canadian Airborne Regiment Parachute Team.

By October of 1970 the team was referred to as the Canadian Forces Parachute Team.  Under this new title, the team attended the World Parachuting Championships in Fontainebleau, France, where they brought home the silver medal in the Team Accuracy event.

In 1971, the team came under command of the Canadian Airborne Centre (CABC) and was officially formed by National Defence Headquarters in August of that same year.  The following month saw the title “Sky Hawks” bestowed upon the team by the Commanding Officer of CABC.

 

Captain (Retired) Gerry Vida recently gave this account of the origin of the team to present and past members of the team:

"My take on the roots of the Sky Hawks: The Sky Hawks morphed from military jumpers who were active sky divers in local civilian parachute clubs across Canada.  Eventually these enthusiasts flocked to the newly formed Canadian Airborne Regiment (Edmonton) circa 1968.  With permission from the Regiment's commander Col Don Rochester they formed the regimental parachute demonstration team.  Eventually the Team administration was consolidated within the parachute training wing of the Canadian Airborne Centre (CABC).  The team continued as an ad-hock "pick up" team drawn from the many sub-units of the Regiment and CABC.  In 1971 the team became a more or less permanent organization and acquired the now famous handle the Sky Hawks, which was introduced by the then Commanding Officer LCol Stu Northrup.  Ten years later after mountains of service papers, hat in hand presentations to the brass at NDHQ/FMCHQ and friends of anything airborne the Team was recognised and allocated a Canadian Forces Organisational Order (CFOO).  This assured permanence with eight (8) members and the much sought after annual budget.  The rest is history as the Sky Hawks are now in their 47th year of operation."

Between the inception of the name “Sky Hawks” and the team’s 42nd anniversary season in 2013, many changes have taken place.  The most notable change took place in 1977 when the team traded the Para-Commander round parachute for the more maneuverable Ram-Air square parachute.  This advance in team equipment allowed for more dynamic and crowd-pleasing performances.  One part of the team which has not changed, is the Signature of the Sky Hawks: the Canadian Flag parachute.

CFPT member landing at Ontario Place during the Toronto International Air Show, 1978.

On the 19th of September 1982, the Sky Hawks performed the world's most northerly demonstration jump at Canadian Forces Station Alert on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island.

In August of 1996 the CABC moved along with the Sky Hawks from Edmonton to their new home base in Trenton, Ontario.  At this time the Canadian Airborne Centre underwent restructuring and was renamed the Canadian Parachute Centre.

Ten years later the Canadian Parachute Centre was renamed The Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre (CFLAWC) which began the transformation into a Centre of Excellence for Land Advanced Warfare while remaining home unit to the Sky Hawks.

Each year they perform at events across North America and around the world thrilling audiences with their aerobatic parachute formations in the sky.  Having performed to over 73 million spectators worldwide the team is proud to once again fly their signature Canadian flag parachutes this season.[2]

Author’s story

For three of the Canadian Forces Parachute Team’s show seasons the author had the great privilege of earning a spot on the Sky Hawks, serving as a team member from 1977 to 1979, and as a backup member in 1980 and 1981.  In the photo, the author has a helmet equipped with a communications microphone and cable.  The microphone was plugged into the radio system on the Douglas CC-129 Dakota to guide the aircraft onto the drop point.  The jumper unhooked just before exiting.

Our primary jump ship, nick-named "Myrtle the Aluminum Turtle", was one of the Douglas CC-129 Dakota (DC-3) transport aircraft flown by the No. 402 Squadron Air Reserve crews to Edmonton from their home base in Winnipeg for our jump training and a great number of exhibition jumps.

Dakota group waiting for the “show” to start, left to right:  Cpl Rick Guthrie, 2Lt Hal Skaarup, Cpl Al McGee, Sgt Wayne Johnson, Cpl Daniel Plourde, Cpl John Glover, 1978.  (Ron Polling Photo)
 

In the photo on the left the author is actually wearing three parachutes on an exit photo from a  Dakota over Drop Zone (DZ) Buxton, north of Edmonton, Alberta in 1977.  The top mounted parachute on my back is a "cutaway" parachute used for demonstration jumps.  The jumper would fall in formation with another parachutist, open high while the other jumper opened slightly lower but still high, and then hang on to a built-in handle on one of the canopy risers.  He would cutaway/release the parachute to collapse it and hold on to it for ten seconds (it would look like a "streamer" from the ground), then let go of the handle, back-loop and open his canopy just under the other jumper, although both parachutists would still be at a safe altitude.  Both jumpers would be trailing smoke grenades attached to boot brackets on their feet to make it easier for the crowd on the ground to see. The early training jumps were conducted over clear  but cold and snowy Alberta countryside.  In the photo on the right the author is shown exiting from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules, with Captain Phil Campbell diving to meet me.  Phil was the CFPT Team Leader in 1977.  The CFB Edmonton Base Photographer took the photos.

The author took this photo of Major John Hasek under one of the Sky Hawk Para Commander canopies over Edmonton in 1977.

The author first met members of the Sky Hawks in 1973 while jumping as a sport parachutist in New Brunswick, and later in Nova Sotia and Manitoba.  The team leader at that time was Warrant Officer Simon Fairfax Wykham-Martin and he had an interesting way of landing, in that as he touched down under his round - and in those days "high-performance" Para-Commander canopy (shown above), he cutaway from the parachute and walked away from the canopy before it hit the ground.  I made my first jump in June 1972 with Joe Chow at Perth, Ontario.  As a young Militiaman with brand new jump wings earned in August 1975 at the Canadian Airborne Centre in Edmonton, I desperately wanted to be part of the team.  Warrant Officer Gerry Vida told me early on that if I attended the training camp I would make more jumps in a day with them than I did in a month as a sport parachutist - and he was right.  It took the persuasion of LCol J.R.J. Gil Bellevance in Edmonton and the support of a great number of people in Halifax including Captain Kent White and applications in 1975 and 1976 before I was given the opportunity to try out for the team in March 1977.  By that time I had a few hundred jumps and my own square canopy, a Strato Cloud.  The team was just converting to ram-air canopies, and so it was that I found myself on my first military demonstration jump at Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan within a few days of arriving at the CFPT, located at the Canadian Airborne Training Centre commanded by LCol Don S. Manuel.  There are no easy roads to winning a slot on the team, but I had excellent coaches and won the prize.

The author as a Lt in freefall wearing the black flight suit the team members wore throughout the 1977 team season.  Capt Jean Simard took the first photo.  In the second photo the author is wearing one of the first red flight suits the team acquired in 1978.  Cpl John Glover took the photo.

View of an MFP jump from inside a C-130 Hercules.  When the ramp opened it was like watching a barn door opening in front of you.  The view was even more interesting when we had two other Hercules in trail formation following us to the drop zone, and on static line jumps you could make out the other two aircraft pulling up alongside in V formation so we could all exit at the same time - very rare if ever done these days.  On a Canadian Airborne Regiment training exercise over CFB Borden, Ontario in 1987 we had twelve Hercules carrying more than 600 paratroopers dropped by static line in four three-plane waves with weapons and equipment. We did a combat extraction two hours later - aircraft came in to land, taxied to the end of the runway and turned slowly around.  You jumped onboard by group, and if you missed the plane as it turned around, it took off without you and there was a 25 km hike north to a vehicle pickup point.  Needless to say, everyone was on board after the tenth plane came in and the other two came back to Petawawa empty. You are unlikely to see that again in Canada in the near future.

A view from the outside after exit.  You can tell it is a winter jump by the jumper wearing mukluks.

 

Between show seasons team members acted as coaches, instructors and jumpmasters for the Military Freefall Parachutist (MFP) courses conducted at the Canadian Airborne Centre in November/December and in January/Febrruary.  Thephoto shows MFP jumpers leaving the ramp with full equipment. 

This MFP jumper in freefall is rigged out with full winter kit, including rucksack and snowshoes, over DZ Buxton, Edmonton, Alberta.  The photo was taken by the author using a hand-held 35-mm camera.  Note: the soldier's rucksack would normally be mounted in front of the jumper for static line exits but for freefall as shown here it is mounted behind the jumper.  They were very chilly jumps, usually from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules, a Chinook helicopter or a Twin Otter.  The Sky Hawks primary jump ship for these years was the Douglas CC-129 Dakota flown by the Air Reserve Squadron in Winnipeg.  Other jump ships included the Iroquois and Chinook helicopters as well as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules and de Havilland Twin Otters from the Squadrons in Edmonton, and Single Otters from the Air Reserve Squadron in Toronto.  Airshows were carried out by the team in the North West Territories and the Yukon as well as in Goose Bay, Labrador & Newfoundland and at Royal Roads Miliitary College in British Columbia, and as far south as Charleston, West Virginia. 

Some of the team members were still using Para Commanders before all were equipped with the rope and rings version of the Strato Cloud (the slider was just being invented).  The author had been jumping with an inventor named Bill Booth at Zephyr Hills in Florida, who came up with the idea of the throw-out pilot chute and three ring releases.  It took awhile, but Bill's ideas caught on and the Sky Hawks eventually changed their equipment to match his inventions.  Before the slider came along, those canopy openings particularly after pulling the ripcord in a 200 mph diamond track were particularly nasty.  We were really happy when the rope and rings system that ran around the canopy and up through the centre came along and made those openings fairly tolerable, but then regular openings tended to be verrrrrrrrrry slooooooooowwwwwww - and of course interesting.

A flag jump can be very tricky, particularly if you have an extremely large one with three jumpers hanging on to it as they exit the aircraft.  The author chased Murray McConnell, Pierre Deschenes and Pat Turpin off the ramp to get this shot.

 

Group exit from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules, with jumpers wearing a mixed bag of black flightsuits, red or orange jumpsuits, or just green combats, depending on the dress of the day.

Lockheed CC-130 Hercules in flight.  (Canadian Forces Photo)

 

Lockheed CC-130 Hercules, CFB Edmonton, Alberta, ca 1978.

Pte Brad Smith in fine form closing in on the author after a dive exit from a Hercules.  In order to give the aircrew practice in dropping us, we were hopping out just two at a time for this one.  A fast shutter speed gives the impression the propellers have stopped.  The author used a hand-held camera for this shot, but just as often used a helmet-mounted camera for these jumps.

In the group photo, the author is standing on the left with a helmet mounted camera and remote cable in hand alongside 1978 Sky Hawk team members Doug Kelly, Daniel Plourde, George Thibault, and Alain Dore kneeling.  Note, experimental kit was the order of the day.  The author is wearing an early model tandem rig, the others are equipped with front mounted reserves, all with ripcords.  We also had a mixture of canopy release systems.  Doug and George are equipped with cloth tab quick-releases which we nick-named "sport death wells", while the rest of us have standard military canopy cutaway releases (Bill Booth's three-ring circus was still in the future).

Getting rid of a perfectly open canopy can be a bit unsettling, but Corporal George Joseph Fleurimont Thibault got such a big kick out this activity that we were quite happy to let him be the super cutaway man and he probably made more cutaway demonstration jumps than most of the rest of Sky Hawks put together.

Bell CH-135 Iroquois helicopter jump.  The author stepped off the rails and looked up to get this shot of Wayne Johnson in the doorway, Ralph Goebel in a picture perfect step off (not easy to do), and Jean Simard to the right.

Capt Jean Simard on the left and Sgt Ralph Goebel on the right in a hookup over DZ Buxton in 1978.

We did a lot of Airshows jumping out of the single-engined de Havilland CC-123 Otter from No. 400 Squadron based in Toronto, shown here at Gananoque, Ontario in 1977.

Sky Hawks in the photo on the right building a star formation in brand new red jumpsuits, 1978.  The photo on the left is a Sky Hawk formation with George Thibault on the left, WO Gerry Vida wearing a helmet-mounted film camera on the right and possibly Alain Dore in the black suit, also in 1978.  The photos were taken over Mountainview, near CFB Trenton, Ontario.

Ottawa Airport, group photo with the DC-3, July 1978, getting ready to jump into the Ottawa Football Stadium.

Left to right: Harold Skaarup with Beaulieu film camera standing, George Thibault standing, photo tech in white shirt, Doug Kelly in the doorway, John Glover with a lady sitting in the doorway, Gerry Vida kneeling, Pat Turpin standing, Michel Cleroux standing, Keith Pillar standing.

A video promo film for the Sky Hawks was commissioned in 1978 (Mike Brun, are you still out there?). The film crew built a wooden board with straps and fasteners to bolt a large Beaulieu film camera onto the author. WO Gerry Vida made sure it was on the author as safely and securely as possible, and it was worn on a number of jumps over the Ottawa Football Stadium and over Edmonton.  The author is exiting from our CC-129 Dakota over the Ottawa football stadium in July 1978.  Interesting jumps, with the camera mounted upwards to film exits and other skydivers, and mounted down to film the landings on many different jumps.  The author was also given a film credit.

The Sky Hawks were flown by a number of pilots and aircrews flying Canadian Forces aircraft from the following Squadrons from 1977 to 1979:

400 Sqn, City of Toronto, de Havilland DHC-3 Otter, jump ship

401 Sqn, City of Montreal, de Havilland DHC-3 Otter, jump ship

402 Sqn, City of Winnipeg, Douglas CC-129 Dakota, jump ship

403 Sqn, CFB Gagetown, Bell CH-135 Iroquois Helicopter, jump ship

405 Sqn, CFB Greenwood, Canadair CP-107 Argus, ferry flight

408 Sqn, CFB Edmonton, Bell CH-135 Iroquois Helicopter, jump ship

412 Sqn, CFB Ottawa, CC-109 Cosmopolitan, passenger transport

413 Sqn, CFB Summerside, de Havilland CC-115 Buffalo, jump ship & passenger transport

418 Sqn, CFB Edmonton, de Havilland CC-138 Twin Otter, jump ship

424 Sqn, CFB Trenton, Lockheed CC-130 Hercules, jump ship

426 Sqn, CFB Trenton, Lockheed CC-130 Hercules, jump ship

427 Sqn, CFB Petawawa, Bell CH-135 Iroquois Helicopter, jump ship

427 Sqn, CFB Valcartier, Bell CH-135 Iroquois Helicopter, jump ship

435 Sqn, CFB Edmonton, Lockheed CC-130 Hercules, jump ship

436 Sqn, CFB Trenton, Lockheed CC-130 Hercules, jump ship

437 Sqn, CFB Trenton, Boeing CC-137 Husky (Boeing 707), passenger transport

438 Sqn, City of Montreal, de Havilland CC-123 Otter, jump ship

440 Sqn, CFB Edmonton, de Havilland CC-138 Twin Otter, jump ship

450 Sqn, CFB Edmonton, Boeing Vertol CH-147 Chinook Helicopter, jump ship

Boeing Vertol CH-147 Chinook, CFB Edmonton, ca 1978.

Boeing Vertol CH-147 Chinook helicopter (the best jump ship of them all in the author's opinion in 1978).  Note the shark mouth taped on the nose by 450 Sqn crew based in Edmonton.  These helicopters were sold to the Dutch, who took our guys up with them in Afghanistan years before the Canadian Forces bought another batch.

Boeing Vertol CH-147 Chinook exit.  Note red jumpsuits and smoke grenades on boots.

The author looked up to catch John Glover on the left, Rick Guthrie in the middle, Pat Turpin on the right and Al McGee in the rear on a formation exit from the CH-147 Chinook.  There were no slow pokes on this exit, nice clean and tight formation!

Another Chinook exit.

The CC-138 Twin Otters were painted white at first, then to improve visibility they switched to yellow.  The author shot this one at Namao, CFB Edmonton in 1978.  The second one has a brand new yellow paint job, same year.

Team photo as we get ready for the day's jumps from the de Havilland CC-138 Twin Otter.  Left to right, the author, Bill Greenshields, Ralph Goebel, Murray McConnell, Pierre Deschenes and Kevin Gammon, 1977.

Twin Otter exits.

Lots of Twin Otter training jumps.  Capt Jean Simard is in front of me here.

During a brief stint with the Airborne Trials and Evaluation Section (ATES) as an air to air freefall photographer, the author was tasked to chase jumpers using the CT2 round canopies being tested with double pilot chutes and extra long sleeves and to photograph them on opening.  On a number of occasions, the canopies blew up.  This happened to the author - picture looking up at your canopy and more than half of the suspension lines have broken away and are draped around your neck, so you risk being strangled if you cutaway.  Therefore you use the classic hand deployment of the reserve method - a bit disconcerting, so I had a particular interest in helping to solve the problem.  There were two causes: one, when the two pilotchutes did pop up, the snatch force on the long sleeve caused the round canopy to slump to the bottom, then a big lump had to break out of a small opening at 120 mph -the canopy tore apart on opening.  Second, sometimes only one of the pilotchutes popped up and the other hung down and dragged, causing an extremely slow opening and again a bunged up canopy in the sleeve.  The solutions were to go back to a single large pilot chute and use a shorter sleeve - the exploding canopies stopped happening.  The photos helped us to determine the cause and effect, and to find a solution.  Neat stuff to be part of.

These jumpers are equipped with CT2 round canopies and their openings are preset with a mechanical height-finder to fire at 3,500 feet.  The next two shots show Pierre Deschenes as he opens his "rope and rings" Strato Cloud main canopy on two different jumps.  I rarely had time to take more than one good photo on the opening before having to get my own chute out, although the person I was taking the photo of usually opened higher than normal so that I could be open at the normal altitude.

For these jumps during the winter of 1978-79 over DZ Buxton, Edmonton, the author used a hand-held 35-mm camera.  The jumpers were opening around 3,500 feet so I could get my own canopy open at a safe altitude after the shot.

 

In between military jumps, the author enjoyed (and still does) hanging out.  My future wife Faye (who made one jump herself) took the photo on the left from a C-182 over Waterville, Nova Scotia, fall 1976; and my brother Chris (who I chased out of a C-182 over Lahr, Germany on the first of his two jumps) took the photo on the right over Winchester, Ontario.

Still wearing the black flightsuit, the author is shown exiting a Single Otter over Mountainview, near CFB Trenton, Ontario just prior to the CNE in 1977.  The pilot chute is just leaving the main back pack and you can see it is attached to a double rope which went through the centre of the ram-air canopy and around a set of rings.  Note the smoke grenade on the boot bracket...and of course there is always parachute packing, and this is the author with the "rope and rings" version of the Strato Cloud main canopy in this shot from 1977.
 
Sgt Wayne Johnson and the author rigging smoke grenades on boot brackets for the day's jumps.

1977 CFPT.  Back row, left to right: Sgt Bill Greenshields, 402 Squadron aircrewman, Rick Hodge, Cpl John Hunt, 402 Squadron pilot, Sgt Brian Fulton, Lt Hal Skaarup.  Front row, left to right: Cpl Al McGee, 402 Squadron pilot, WO Gerry Vida, Cpl Murray McConnell, Cpl Lorne Ogden. 

The Sky Hawks attended many civilian and military functions during their tours of duty.  For informal occasions the team members were usually dressed with white turtlenecks and white or grey slacks with blue jackets.  This photo was taken at the RCR Trooping at CFB London, Ontario in 1977.  Standing left to right, Rick Guthrie, Hal Skaarup, Phil Campbell, Pat Turpin, Lorne Ogden, Gerry Vida and Kevin Gammon.  The gentleman seated 2nd from the left wearing a Sky Hawk sticker is Brigadier (Retired) Milton Gregg VC, one of New Brunswick's Victoria Cross winners from the Great War.  There are none left now. 
 
The author used both a hand held and a helmet mounted camera during jumps to observe and test new equipment.  He is looking up at other jumpers as they exit from the ramp of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules in this photo.
For most airshows, the team members carried flags.
 
CABC Edmonton, Alberta, Parachute Training Wing 1980: Front Row: Sgt Ralph Goebel, Capt Hal Skaarup, WO Tom Holland, Capt MacAulay, CWO W.D. Collier, Sgt Jim Ogden, Sgt Wayne Sabean.  Sgt John Hunt top left, MCpl McCardle, top, 3rd from left.
 
The coaching technique was important, simple things like waddling off the ramp with that huge rucksack behind you and all the equipment plus winter kit can lead to unexpected difficulties.  Two of the jumpers the author photographed here managed to get their rucksacks hooked together on exit.  They managed to get disentagled fairly quickly, but it did make the jump a bit more interesting for the participants.
 
The author had the privilege of serving two tours of duty in Germany, first as a Reservist with HQ CFE in Lahr (1981-1983), and again as the Regular Force G2 Ops for 4 CMBG (1989-1992).  During the first tour we jumped with German and French Parachute Battalions at Calv in Germany, using the Sikorsky Sea Stallion helicopter shown here.  You have to make six jumps to earn their wings and they only permitted two per day, so it took a few visits.  We also parachuted from their Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters.

In somewhat reverse order, the author went overseas in 1981 as a Reservist Captain in the Intelligence Branch and came back to Canada in 1983 as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Force Intelligence Branch.  He trained at CFB Borden and was posted to CFB Ottawa in 1984. While there he was able to participate in a a few military jumps at the annual Jump Bivouac, held by the Canadian Airborne Regiment at CFB Petawawa, Ontario.  This group photo was taken at the August 1984 Jump Bivouac at CFB Petawawa. (The author is standing under the propeller on the left side of the photo).

Jump Bivouac, August 1985, CFB Petawawa, Ontario. (The author is 3rd row down, 4th from the right).
Canadian Airborne Regiment logo.
CT1 chute, CFB Petawawa, Ontario.

 

Captain Harold A. Skaarup, Regimental Intelligence Officer, HQ & Signals Squadron, First Special Service Force, 1986-1989.

While on duty in Ottawa, the Intelligence Branch noted that since I already had my wings, it was deemed appropriate that I serve with the Canadian Airborne Regiment.  I was posted to CFB Petawawa from 1986 to 1989 as the Regimental Intelligence Officer - a great honour.  The Regiment was at that time part of the First Special Service Force.

Silver Wings.
Canadian Airborne Regiment coin.

In August 1986 the Regiment was deployed to Cyprus on Op Snow Goose  There were opportunites to jump with the British contingent, and the author is shown here carrying the Canadian flag while acting as a guest jumper with the British "Red Devils" Army Parachute team for a demonstration jump into a British UN medals parade at Nicosia, Cyprus in 1986.

HRH Prince Charles presided over the partnership formed between the Canadian Airborne Regiment and the British Parachute Regiment while we were on Cyprus.  He is shown here being escorted by our CO, Col J.M.R. Gaudreau.

Westland Wessex helicopter in Cyprus.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235973)

We used the British Contingent's Westland Wessex helicopter (shown here outside our HQ in Nicosia) for the medals parade jumps at the BRITCON Camp.  At one point there was smoke coming out of the instrument panel.  The pilot landed, a mechanic banged some things around and we took off again.  Interesting solution to the problem, but the show must go on and it was otherwise a great jumpship and the Red Devils had their act together.

The Canadian Airborne Regiment's flag hangs in the Infantry School lines in Building J7 at 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.
 
The Army sent me to some interesting places.  Officers of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, CANCONCYP, Nicosia, Cyprus, fall 1986, Col (later MGen) J.M.R. Gaudreau commanding.  It was a privilege to have served with them.  Ex Coelis!  During this deployment to Cyprus, the author taught sport jump courses to serving personnel using the British facilities at Lanarca, and learned to SCUBA dive with the RCR before the main contingent arrived.
 
Still taking part in exhibition jumps, this one is from a balloon over the Lahr airfield, Germany where I served as the Int Officer with 4 CMBG, on 1 July 1991.  The balloon pilot asked me to carefully climb outside the wicker basket and hook a foot in a small step, then to lean back and let go gently, which is when he took the photo.  It felt like I was stepping off a building - quite the memorable jump for Canada Day.  The airfield was a long way off, but the warm air kept myself and Jacques Levesque aloft enough for both of us to make it to the landing site.
 
Canadian National Intelligence Centre (CANIC) crew, author as the CO, standing 2nd from the left, in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1997.  I did bring my parachute gear, but the opportunity to use it escaped at that time.
 
Officers of the Kabul Multi-National Brigade (KMNB), International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Kabul, Afghanistan.  (The author is standing 7th from the right).  BGen Jocelyn LaCroix (5e GBMC) commanding, 2004.  I met with General Khatol, Commander of the Afghan Airborne forces to arrange jumps using their Mi-18 Hip helicopters, but the plan was vetoed.
 
Liaison duty with Afghan Police Generals in Kabul, spring 2004.
 
Sky Hawk reunion, October 2001 at CFB Trenton, Ontario, with the de Havilland CC-115 Buffalo we jumped out of during the gathering. (The author is standing 3rd from the right).
 
Along the way a skydiver gets to try a lot of new ideas, attend courses and to earn his ratings and certificates to keep up with changes in the sport.  1,757 jumps to date.  The author holds the following licences and ratings:
 
CSPA A Licence No. 337, CSPA B Licence No. 971, CSPA C Licence No. 705, CSPA D Licence No. 313, CSPA Rigger No. B0009A, USPA D Master Licence No. 022874.  CSPA Jumpmaster and Instructor ratings.
Eight Way Star Crest Rating No. 9898, Canadian Ten Way Star Crest No. 593, Four Stack Canopy Crest Recipient No. 2759, Eight Stack Canopy Crest Recipient No. 1262.
Canadian Army parachute wings, German Army parachute wings, British Army parachute wings.
 
 
CSPA Instructor and Jumpmaster ratings.
 
CSPA/Canadian 10-way star crest award.
 
8-way Star Crest rating, 8-stack and 4-stack canopy relative work ratings.
 
The author's oldest son Jonathan Skaarup getting ready for his first jump with his Dad at Calhan, Colorado.  The next generation's turn.  The author followed Jonathan out of a Cessna 206 over Colorado on his first two jumps.  Jonathan and his wife Jocelyn have also made me a grandfather (Cole and Ashely), so there are prospects for a third generation too. 
 

The author and his youngest son Sean preparing for his first skydive,  Ex-Sky Hawk Dominic Dumont with the Gatineau Parachute Club took him up for a tandem jump from a Cessna Navajo on 29 Sep 2012.  I followed them out of the aircraft at 12,500 feet and we shook hands (a three-way on his first jump!) and then we opened our chutes and flew back to the DZ side by side on a beautiful sunny Quebec morning.  Way back in the day when I made my first jump at Perth, Ontario in 1972, you had to have a C licence and at least 100 jumps before you were allowed to do a hook-up.  (Mind you, I have just realized that was 40 years ago.  Where did the time go?  I guess time flies when you are having fun, and when does a paratrooper ever stop doing that?)

Some Sky Hawk artwork by the author:

CFPT Sky Hawks, Twin Otter exit.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.

CFPT Sky Hawks DC-3 exit.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.

CFPT Sky Hawks exit from a Boeing CH-147 Chinnook helicopter.  Oil on canvas, 16 X 20.

CFPT Sky Hawks, C-130 Hercules exit.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20. 

Author, self-portrait, 1977.


[1] Internet:  http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/land-terre/skyhawks/at-pe-eng.asp.

[2] Internet:  http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/land-terre/skyhawks/history-histoire-eng.asp.

Members of the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, The Sky Hawks from the beginning to the present day

The Sky Hawks Team Members

Year

Rank, Surname, First Name, Position

1970

Cpl Bedel Mike, Demonstrator

Cpl Benoit Roland Demonstrator
Sgt Blanchette Pedro Demonstrator
Cpl Bowman Gavin W. Demonstrator

MCpl Noel Desrosiers Demonstrator

Cpl Gallant Bob Demonstrator
Maj Hasek John Demonstrator

Cpl Hubbs (Harasymko) Doug Demonstrator

Capt Lincoln Demonstrator

Capt Lukas Demonstrator

Capt Schutt Demonstrator

Cpl Skipper Don Demonstrator

Sgt Vida Gerry Demonstrator

Sgt Wykham-Martin Simon Fairfax Team Leader

1971 CFPT: Standing left to right: Cpl Doug Harasymko/Hubbs, Cpl Roland Benoit, Mike Bedel, Cpl Tom Cook, Cpl Charles McNamee, Cpl Chuck Shaw, Cpl Gavin W. Bowman, Cpl Vince Hendry, Cpl Bob Gallant, Cpl Len Freeman, Cpl Gordon C. Batt.  Kneeling left to right: Sgt Simon F. Wykeham-Martin, Cpl Don Skipper, Capt Frank ...unidentified, LCol Stu Northrup, Cpl R. Lucas, Sgt Gerry Vida, Sgt Paddy Gilmore.   The team is standing in front of a de Havilland CC-115 Buffalo at CFB Summerside, Prince Edward I, 1971.  (CF Photo)

1971 CFPT.  Left to right: Chuck Shaw, Vince Hendry, Doug Harasymko/Hubbs, Gavin W. Bowman, Gordon C. Batt, Mike Bedel, Bob Gallant, Tom Cook, Don Skipper and Paddy Gilmore, meeting with the Minister of National Defence, Donald S. Macdonald at the Abbotsford Airshow in British Columbia.  (CF Photo)

1971

Cpl Batt Gordon C. Demonstrator

Cpl Bedel Mike Demonstrator

Cpl Benoit Roland Demonstrator
Sgt Blanchette Pedro Demonstrator
Cpl Bowman Gavin W. Demonstrator

Cpl Tom Cook Demonstrator

MCpl Noel Desrosiers Demonstrator

Cpl Gallant Bob Demonstrator

Cpl Gilmore Paddy Demonstrator
Maj Hasek John Demonstrator

Cpl Vince Hendry Demonstrator

Cpl Harasymko/Hubbs Doug Demonstrator

Capt Lukas Demonstrator

Capt Schutt Demonstrator

Cpl Shaw Chuck Demonstrator

Cpl Skipper Don Demonstrator

Sgt Vida Gerry Demonstrator

Sgt Wykham-Martin Simon Team Leader

1971 CFPT.  Back row, left to right: Capt Wayne Denke, Sgt Simon Fairfax Wykham-Martin, Team Leader, LCol Stu Northrup, MCpl Len Freeman, Sgt Paddy Gilmore.  Front row, left to right: Cpl Mike Bedel, Sgt Tom Cook, Sgt Gerry Vida.

1972

Cpl Batt Gordon C. Demonstrator

Cpl Bedel Mike Demonstort

Cpl Benoit Roland Demonstrator
Sgt Blanchette Pedro Demonstrator
Cpl Bowman Gavin W. Demonstrator

Cpl Cook Tom Demonstrator

MCpl Noel Desrosiers Demonstrator

MCpl Freeman Len Demonstrator

Cpl Gallant Bob Demonstrator

Cpl Gilmore C.P. Demonstrator

Cpl Hendry Demonstrator

Cpl Hubbs (Harasymko) Doug Demonstrator

Capt Lukas Demonstrator

Cpl McNamee Charles P. Demonstrator
LCol Northrup Stu Demonstrator

Cpl Shaw Chuck Demonstrator

Capt Schutt Demonstrator

Cpl Skipper Don Demonstrator

Sgt Vida Gerry Demonstrator

Sgt Wykham-Martin Simon Fairfax Team Leader

1973

Cpl Bedel Mike Demonstrator
Cpl Cook Tom Demonstrator
MCpl Freeman Len Demonstrator
Sgt Gilmore Administration
LCol Northrup Stu Demonstrator
Sgt Vida Gerry Demonstrator
Sgt Wykeham-Martin Simon Fairfax Team Leader


1974

Cpl Bedel Mike Demonstrator
Sgt Cook Tom Demonstrator, deployed to Cyprus with the Canadian Airborne Regiment
Sgt Freeman Len Demonstrator
Sgt Gallant Bob Demonstrator
Sgt Holland Tom, Demonstrator
Sgt Vida Gerry Demonstrator, deployed to Cyprus with the Canadian Airborne Regiment
Sgt Wykeham-Martin Simon Fairfax Team Leader

1975

Cpl Archambault Serge Demonstrator
Cpl Buchan Don Demonstrator/Commentator
Cpl Callahan Pat Demonstrator
Sgt Cook Tom Demonstrator
Pte Deschenes Pierre Demonstrator
MCpl Goebel Ralph Demonstrator

MCpl Kochanski Howie Demonstrator
Cpl Ogden Jim Demonstrator
MCpl Topham Bruce Demonstrator

Sgt Vida Gerry Demonstrator
Sgt Wykeham-Martin Simon Fairfax Team Leader

1975 CFPT.  Back row, left to right: Simon Fairfax Wykham-Martin, Bruce Topham, Pat Callahan, Ralph Goebel, Pierre Deschenes; Front row, left to right: Serge Archambault, Jim Ogden, Don Buchan, Tom Cook. (Moose Jaw July 1975)

1976

Capt Campbell Phil Team Leader
WO Debolt John Demonstrator
Cpl Deschenes Pierre Demonstrator
Sgt Gallant Bob Demonstrator
MCpl Goebel Ralph Demonstrator
MCpl Greenshields Bill Demonstrator
MCpl Kochanski Howie Demonstrator
MCpl Topham Bruce Demonstrator
Cpl Turpin Pat Demonstrator
Sgt Vallee Peter Demonstrator
Sgt Vida Gerry Demonstrator

1977

Capt Campbell Phil Team Leader
Cpl Deschenes Pierre Demonstrator
Sgt Fulton Brian Demonstrator
CWO Gammon Kevin Demonstrator
Sgt Goebel Ralph Demonstrator
Sgt Greenshields Bill Demonstrator
MCpl Guthrie Rick Demonstrator
Cpl Hodge Rick Demonstrator
Cpl Hunt John Demonstrator Cpl

McConnell Murray Demonstrator
Cpl McGee Al Team Rigger
Cpl Ogden Lorne Demonstrator
Capt Simard Jean Demonstrator
Lt Skaarup Hal Demonstrator
MCpl Turpin Pat Demonstrator
WO Vida Gerry Team WO
Cpl Walker Gerry Demonstrator

1977 CFPT: Standing: Capt Phil Campbell, Cpl Pierre Deschenes, Cpl Rick Hodges, Cpl Pat Turpin, WO Kevin Gammon, Sgt Ralph Goebel, Cpl John Hunt, Cpl Bill Greenshields, Lt Hal Skaarup. 
Kneeling: Sgt Brian Burton, Cpl Lorne Ogden, MCpl Rick Guthrie, Cpl Gerry Walker, Cpl Al McGee, Capt Jean Simard, WO Gerry Vida.

1978

MCpl Cleroux Michel Demonstrator
Pte Doré Alain Demonstrator
Pte Glover John Demonstrator
MCpl Guthrie Rick Demonstrator
Sgt Johnson Wayne Demonstrator
Sgt Kavanagh Gabriel Demonstrator
Lt Kelly Doug Demonstrator
MCpl McCormick Harold Demonstrator
Cpl McGee Alan Team Rigger
Sgt Don O'Connor
Cpl Pillar Keith Demonstrator
MCpl Plourde Daniel Demonstrator
Capt Skaarup Hal Demonstrator
Sgt Sabean Wayne Demonstrator
MCpl Thibault George J.F. Demonstrator
MCpl Turpin Pat Demonstrator
WO Vida Gerry Team Leader

1978 CFPT: Standing: Cpl Harold McCormick, Sgt Wayne Johnson, Lt Doug Kelly, Cpl Keith Pillar, Maj Nesbit, Cpl Michel Cleroux, Cpl Pat Turpin, Sgt Wayne Sabean, Capt Hal Skaarup.  Kneeling: Cpl Rick Guthrie, Pte Alain Doré, Cpl Al McGee, WO Gerry Vida, Cpl George Thibault, Cpl John Glover, Cpl Daniel Plourde.

1979

LS Aikens Paul Demonstrator
Cpl Cleroux Michel Demonstrator

Cpl Deschenes Pierre Demonstrator
Pte Doré Alain Demonstrator
WO Holland Tom Team Leader
Sgt O'Connor Don Team Rigger
MCpl Plourde Daniel Demonstrator
Sgt Sabean Wayne Demonstrator
Cpl Simun Ondrej Demonstrator
Capt Skaarup Hal Demonstrator
Pte Smith Brad Demonstrator
MCpl Turpin Pat Demonstrator
MCpl Vance Rick Demonstrator

1979 CFPT: Standing: MCpl Rick Vance, WO Tom Holland, Pte Brad Smith, LS Paul Aikens, Sgt Wayne Sabean.  Kneeling: MCpl Pat Turpin, Cpl Ondrej Simun, MCpl Don O’Connor, Capt Hal Skaarup, Pte Alain Doré.

1980

Cpl Dore Alain Demonstrator
Capt Goebel Paul Demonstrator
Capt Green Norm Administration
WO Holland Tom Team Leader
LCol Montgomery Bruce Demonstrator
MCpl Ozols Karl Demonstrator
Sgt Perry Jad Demonstrator
Cpl Riccio Donna Demonstrator
MCpl Robinson Jay Team Rigger
MCpl Simoneau Denis Demonstrator
Sgt Tattersall Bill Demonstrator
MCpl Vance Rick Demonstrator

1980 CFPT Training Camp: Back row, left to right: Cpl Ondrej Simun, unidentified, Capt Hal Skaarup, MCpl Pat Turpin sitting on LS Paul Aikens shoulders, Pte Alain Dore, Sgt Bill Greenshields, Sgt Wayne Sabean.  Front row, left to right: MCpl Rick Vance, MCpl Don O’Connor, unidentified, WO Tom Holland, MCpl Jim Ogden, MCpl Bruno Caron.

1981

MCpl Beattie Colin Team Rigger
Capt Blanchette Mike Team Leader
WO Bolen William A. Senior Stores
Lt Burns Barry Commentator

Sgt Bruno Caron Demonstrator
WO Holland Tom Team Leader for Training camp and Northern Tour
Cpl Kerel Randy Demonstrator
Capt Mclean Grant Administration Officer
Sgt Ogden Jimmy Demonstrator
Sgt Perry Jad Demonstrator
MCpl Simun Ondrej Demonstrator
Sgt Sommer Bob Demonstrator
Pte Trottier Daniel Demonstrator
Sgt Turpin Pat Demonstrator Team WO after WO Holland's posting
Cpl Warner Rob Demonstrator

1982 CFPT.  Left to right:  Cpl Michael Fader, Sgt Pat Turpin, Sgt Billy Bolen, MCpl Colin Beattie, Capt Romas Blekaitis, .

1982

Cpl Acker Brian Demonstrator
Cpl Base Steven Demonstrator
MCpl Beattie Colin Team Rigger
WO Bolen William A. Senior Stores
Sgt Chambers John Demonstrator
MWO Cook Dan Demonstrator
WO Crawford Strath Demonstrator
Cpl Fader Michael Demonstrator
Cpl Hasay Gordon Demonstrator
Cpl Dale Lynn Demonstrator
Cpl MacDonalt Scott Demonstrator
Sgt Malcom Peter Demonstrator
MCpl Murray John Demonstrator
Sgt Perry Jad Demonstrator
Capt Pelletier Bernard Demonstrator
WO Rhyndress Bud Administation
Cpl Ryan Tim Demonstrator
Sgt Thibault George Demonstrator
Capt Gerry Vida Team Leader

1983

Capt Blekaitis Romas Administration Officer
Cpl Acker Brian Demonstrator
Cpl Base Steven Demonstrator
MCpl Beattie Colin Team Rigger
Sgt Chambers Bill Demonstrator
MWO Cook Don Demonstrator
MCpl Darbyson Darren Demonstrator
Cpl Denis Michel Demonstrator
Cpl Hasay Gordon Demonstrator
Cpl MacDonald Scott Demonstrator
Sgt Malcolm Pete Demonstrator
MCpl Murray John Demonstrator
Sgt Perry Jad Demonstrator
Lt Randall Paul Demonstrator
WO Rhyndress Bud Demonstrator
Cpl Roebuck Tony Demonstrator
Cpl Ryan Tim Demonstrator
Sgt Thibault George Demonstrator
Capt Vida Gerry Team Leader

1984

Cpl Acker Brian Demonstrator
Cpl Berube Mario Demonstrator
MWO Cook Don Demonstrator
Cpl Fournier Richard Demonstrator
Cpl Lavallee Allen Demonstrator
MCpl Little Mike Demonstrator
MCpl MacKay Dan Demonstrator
Sgt Major Mike Demonstrator
Pte Meurice Oliver Demonstrator
Pte Muselius Peter Demonstrator
Sgt Perry Jad Demonstrator
MCpl Phillips Ron Demonstrator
Sgt Plourde Daniel Demonstrator
Lt Randall Paul Demonstrator
WO Rhyndress Bud Demonstrator
MCpl Rose Brian Demonstrator
MCpl Simon Ondrej Demonstrator
Sgt Thibault George Demonstrator
Capt Vida Gerry Team Leader
Cpl Weir Brian Team Rigger

1985

Cpl Acker Brian Demonstrator
Cpl Agnew Dereck Demonstrator
Capt Bertrand Brian Demonstrator
Cpl Boon Howard Demonstrator

Sgt Boyling, Mike Demonstrator
MWO Cook Don Demonstrator
Pte Forbes Dana Demonstrator
Cpl Gauthier Gary Demonstrator
MCpl Harris John Demonstrator
Sgt Hartenberger Larry Demonstrator
Capt Hubbs Doug Team Leader
Cpl Kavanagh Gabriel Demonstrator
Capt Lewis Barry Demonstrator
Cpl Moody Maurice Demonstrator
MCpl Murray John Demonstrator
WO O'Connor Don Demonstrator
Sgt Plourde Daniel Demonstrator
Pte Quint John Demonstrator
Lt Randall Paul Demonstrator
WO Rhyndress Bud Demonstrator
Sgt Simun Ondrej Demonstrator
Sgt Thibault George Demonstrator
MCpl Tremblay Allen Demonstrator

Capt Vida Gerry OC until Change of Command with Doug Hubbs
Cpl Weir Brian Team Rigger

1986

MCpl Balch Jeff Demonstrator
MCpl Berube Maurice (Yogi) Demonstrator
Sgt Boyling Mike Demonstrator
Cpl Burke Paul Demonstrator
Cpl Corcoran Randy Demonstrator
MCpl Denis Micel (Mike) Demonstrator
Cpl Gagne Eric Demonstrator
Sgt Hartenburger Larry Demonstrator
Capt Hubbs Doug Team Leader
Cpl Keefe Brian Demonstrator
Cpl Kralik George Demonstrator
Cpl Moody Maurice Demonstrator
MCpl Murray John Demonstrator
WO O'Connor Don Demonstrator
Lt Otto Steve Demonstrator
MCpl Plamondon Guy Demonstrator
Lt Randall Paul Demonstrator
MCpl Summer Bob Demonstrator
Sgt Thibault George Demonstrator
2Lt Vaughoun Eileen Demonstrator
Cpl Weir Brian Team Rigger

1987

MCpl Berube Maurice (Yogi) Demonstrator

Sgt Boyling, Mike Demonstrator
MCpl Cormier Wayne Demonstrator
MCpl Collins Bill Demonstrator
Capt Dodson Rich Demonstrator
Sgt Denis Michel Demonstrator
Pte Gallant Sylvain Demonstrator
Cpl Graves Neil (Scotty) Demonstrator
Cpl Hoquard Jeff Team Clerk
WO Hartenberger Larry Demonstrator
Cpl Karambowich Kevin Demonstrator
WO Lakatos Mario Demonstrator
MCpl Launelle Dean Demonstrator
MCpl Lavalle Dean Demonstrator
Pte Quinn Demonstrator
Capt Metaxas Perry Team Leader
MCpl Miller Hank Demonstrator
MCpl ... Steve Demonstrator
Sgt Murray John Demonstrator
Sgt Ozols Karl Demonstrator
Pte Quinn Team Clerk
MCpl Summer Bob Demonstrator
Sgt Toupin Brian Demonstrator
Lt Vaughan Eileen Demonstrator
MCpl Villeneuve Michel Demonstrator

1988

MCpl Barager George Demonstrator
Cpl Cornect Brian Demonstrator
Capt Dodson Rick Administration 
Cpl Gagne Michel Demonstrator
Cpl Hacquard Jeff Demonstrator
Cpl Lazarowich Dave Demonstrator
Tpr Levesque Rock Demonstrator
WO Malcan Pierre Demonstrator
Capt Metaxas Perry Team Leader
Sgt Michel Denis Demonstrator
Sgt Ozals Karl Demonstrator
Cpl Pulfer Ralph Demonstrator
Sgt Rayling Mike Demonstrator

1989

MCpl Chafe Bob Demonstrator
MCpl Cornect Brian Demonstrator
Sgt Denis Michel Demonstrator
Capt Dodson Rick Team Leader
MCpl Gillis Ron Demonstrator
Cpl Hawes Mike Demonstrator
Cpl Jeff Hocquard Demonstrator
Capt Hussein Ali-kahn Administration Officer
WO Malcolm Pete Demonstrator
Cpl McCullough Mike Team Rigger
Capt Mitch Macleod Demonstrator
WO Ozols Karl Demonstrator
Capt Rainville Michel Administration Officer
MCpl Shea Wayne Demonstrator
MCpl Taylor Shaun Demonstrator
Pte Quinn Jon Team Clerk
Lt Vaughn Eileen Demonstrator
WO White Chris Team WO 2 i /c

Left to right Cpl Jeff  Hocquard, Cpl Mike McCullough, Capt Rick Dodson, Sgt Michel Denis, Cpl Mike Hawes, MCpl Wayne Shea, Capt Eileen Vaughan, Capt Mitch MacLeod, MCpl Bob Chafe, MCpl Ron Gillis, Sgt Karl Ozols, WO Pete Malcolm,  MCpl Shaun Taylor, WO Chris White.

1990

MCpl Brentnall Robin Team Clerk
Cpl Beaudoin Steve DemonstratorMCpl Chafe Bob Demonstrator
Capt Dodson Rick Team Leader
WO Hamann Fern Demonstrator
Cpl Juanotte Pierre Demonstrator
Cpl Lajoie Pat Demonstrator
WO Lakatos Mario Demonstrator
MCpl Louvelle Dean Demonstrator
Sgt Marchand Pierre Demonstrator
Cpl McCulloch Mike Team Rigger
Capt McCullough John Administration Officer
Cpl Pentney Bill Demonstrator
Cpl Quinn Jon Demonstrator
Capt Rainville Michel Administration Officer
Capt Scott John Demonstrator
MCpl Thomas Bill Demonstrator
Cpl Turner Timothy Demonstrator
WO White Chris Team WO 2i/c

1991

Capt Albers Mark Demonstrator
Cpl Brentnall Robin Team Clerk
Sgt Chafe Bob Demonstrator
Cpl Chartrand Len Demonstrator
Cpl Donahue Bill Demonstrator
WO Estey Al Demonstrator
Capt Fournier Stephan Demonstrator
MBdr Howe Tim Demonstrator
MCpl Kock Volker Demonstrator
Sgt Lacatos Mario Demonstrator
Sgt Marchand Pete Demonstrator
Capt McCullough John Administration
Cpl McGregor Robert Demonstrator
Capt Nichol Ray Team Leader
Sgt Parsons Paul Demonstrator
Cpl Pentney Bill Demonstrator
Gnr Rigby Chris Demonstrator
Sgt Turpin Pat Demonstrator
Cpl Waters Graham Demonstrator

1992

Capt Albers Mark Demonstrator
MCpl Brentnall Robin Team Clerk
Cpl Cambell P.M. Demonstrator
Sgt Chafe Bob Demonstrator
MCpl Chung Marion Demonstrator
Sgt Elliot Jeff Demonstrator
MCpl Hamann Fern Demonstrator
Cpl Labelle Daniel Demonstrator
Sgt Lacatos Mario Demonstrator
Sgt Lancaster Allan Demonstrator
MCpl Lebel A.G. Demonstrator
Lt Leblanc Sylvain Demonstrator
Capt McCulloch John Demonstrator
MCpl McFarlane R.H. Demonstrator
MCpl McIntyre Pierre Demonstrator
Cpl Paradis JP Demonstrator
Cpl Pentney Bill Demonstrator
Capt Perry Eric Demonstrator
Capt Stetzenko Nick Demonstrator
Sgt Toupin Brian Demonstrator
MCpl Tremblay Demonstrator

1993

Capt Albers Demonstrator
Cpl Bensusan Demonstrator
Sgt Bolke Demonstrator
Sgt Chafe Bob Demonstrator
Cpl Chartrand Len Demonstrator
Cpl Davies Demonstrator
Cpl Dumont Dave Team Clerk
Sgt Elliott Jeff Demonstrator
WO Lacharite Mike Demonstrator
MCpl Mercier Demonstrator
WO Murphy Ken Demonstrator
MCpl Panke Demonstrator
Capt Perey Eric Demonstrator
Capt Perrault M.F. Demonstrator
Sgt Ryan Gus Demonstrator
Capt Shaw Ron Demonstrator
Capt Stetzenko Nick Demonstrator
Sgt Toupin Brian Demonstrator
Sgt Turpin Pat Demonstrator
Sgt Veinotte J. Demonstrator
Sgt Williams Paul Demonstrator
2Lt Zimmerman Brian Demonstrator

1994

Cpl Chartrand Len Rigger
WO Cotnam Bob Team WO
MCpl Courd Randy Demonstrator
Cpl Gauthier Steve Demonstrator
MCpl Gaynor Bill Demonstrator
MCpl Gibson Bill Demonstrator
OCdt Girard Ben Demonstrator
WO Lacharite Mike Demonstrator
Cpl Leroux Mike Demonstrator
MCpl McGowan Todd Demonstrator
WO Murphy Ken Demonstrator
Cpl Palmer Howie Demonstrator
Cpl Paradis Steph Team Clerk
Capt Perey Eric Demonstrator
Sgt Ryan Gus Demonstrator
Capt Shaw Ron Demonstrator
Capt Sippola Wayne Demonstrator
Capt Siemens Blair Demonstrator
Sgt Williams Paul Demonstrator

1995

WO Cotnam Bob Team WO
Cpl Gagné Eric Demonstrator
Sgt Gagnon Luc PR NCO
CWO Hodgson Bob rsm/Demonstrator
Cpl Leroux Mike Demonstrator
Sgt Mailhot Dave Demonstrator
Sgt McGinnis Ted CQ
MCpl McGowan Todd Demonstrator
Cpl Miller Hank Rigger
Cpl Murphy Chris Demonstrator
Cpl Paradis Steph Team CLerk
Cpl Pentney Bill Rigger
Capt Perry Eric AO
Capt Reeves Cliff Demonstrator
MCpl Richard J.R. Demonstrator
Sgt Romanko Jim Demonstrator
Capt Shaw Ron Team Captain
Sgt Smith Jeff Transport NCO
MCpl Thompson Demonstrator
Sgt Towell Kevin Demonstrator

1996

MCpl Barrow Ronald Demonstrator
MCpl Carlson Donald Demonstrator
Cpl Feyko Michael Demonstrator
Cpl Frye Justin Demonstrator
Cpl Gagné Eric Demonstrator
Sgt Lamothe James Demonstrator
Sgt McGinnis Demonstrator
Sgt Mailhot Dave Transport NCO
Capt McMannus Donald Demonstrator
WO Murphy Ken Team WO
Cpl Murphy Chris Rigger
MCpl Nathan T. Demonstrator
Cpl Paradis Stephane Team Clerk
Capt Reeves Cliff Team Captain
Sgt Smith Jeff PR NCO
Sgt Towell Kevin CQ

1997

MCpl Bibby Lee Demonstrator
Capt Contre Stephane Team Captain
MCpl Downs vincent Demonstrator
Cpl Frye Justin Demonstrator
Cpl Gagne Eric Demonstrator
Cpl Gauthier Stephane Demonstrator
Cpl Keyes Rodney Rigger
Cpl Labelle Max Team CLerk
Sgt Lamothe James Demonstrator
Sgt Mailhot Dave CQ
WO Murphy Ken Team WO
Cpl Murphy Chris Senior Rigger
Cpl Pépin J.R.A. Demonstrator
Sgt Romanko Jim Transport NCO
MCpl Thomson Malcolm Demonstrator
Sgt Towell Kevin PR NCO
Cpl Venne Jean Louis Demonstrator

1998

Lt Beardmore William M. Administration Officer
MCpl Bisson André-Luc Demonstrator
Cpl Heppell Dany Rigger
Cpl Keyes Rodney Team Rigger
Cpl Labelle Maxime Team CLerk
Cpl Laframboise Michelle Demonstrator
Sgt Lajoie Pat NCO
Sgt Lamothe James Demonstrator
WO Lanteigne Roche Team WO
MCpl Manaigre Jöel Demonstrator
MCpl Mountain Michael Demonstrator
Sgt Nunn Kenneth Demonstrator
MCpl Rattray Winston Demonstrator
Cpl Robin Christopher Demonstrator
Sgt Romanko Jim NCO
Capt Scott John A.E. Team Captain
Sgt Towell Kevin PR NCO
Cpl Venne Jean-Louis Demonstrator

1999

Lt Beardmore William M. Administration Officer
WO Bolen William A. Team WO
Cpl Gourlay Chuck Demonstrator
Sgt Hamilton Mike Cadre Demonstrator
Sgt Hulan Andy Demonstrator
Cpl Keyes Rodney Rigger
Cpl Labelle Maxime Team CLerk
Sgt Lamothe James Demonstrator
Cpl Lewis Rikk Demonstrator
Cpl McDougall Brian Demonstrator
Sgt Merry Steven Demonstrator
MCpl Robin Christopher Demonstrator
Sgt Romanko Jim Cadre Demonstrator
Capt Scott John A.E. Team Captain
Cpl Thombs Chris Demonstrator
Cpl Venne Jean-Louis Demonstrator
MCpl Wagner Dave Rigger

2000

Sgt Bibby Lee Team NCO
WO Bolen William A. Team WO
Capt Brault J.M. AO
Capt Brazeau Julie Demonstrator
Cpl Downton Kenny Demonstrator
Sgt Gibson Billy Demonstrator
Cpl Gillis Trent Demonstrator
Cpl Gough Terry Rigger
Sgt Hamilton Mike CQ
Sgt Hulan Andy Cadre
Cpl Labelle Maxime Team CLerk
Cpl Lewis Rikk Demonstrator
Cpl McDougall Brian Demonstrator
2Lt McLean Stephen Narrator
Capt Scott John Team Captain
MCpl Thomson Malcolm Demonstrator
MCpl Wagner Dave Rigger

2001

MS Berry Jason Demonstrator
Cpl Bolduc Michel Demonstrator
Sgt Bibby Lee PR NCO
Capt Brault J.M. AO
Capt Brazeau Julie Team Information Officer
Cpl Downton Kenny Demonstrator
Sgt Duke Tom Demonstrator
Cpl Frasz Danette Team Clerk
Cpl Gough Terry Rigger
WO Hulan Andy PR NCO
Pte Karigiannis Chris Demonstrator
Sgt Levesque Roch Demonstrator
Sgt Lodder Martin Senior Rigger
WO Mclean Ed Team WO
Capt McReynolds Hugh Team Captain
Capt Sebe James Demonstrator
Sgt Sheppard Doug Transport NCO
Cpl Thistle David Demonstrator
Sgt Wagner Dave CQ

2002

Sgt Bibby Lee PR NCO
MCpl Cleary Randy Demonstrator
Cpl Dinn Eric Demonstrator
Cpl Dodds Murray Rigger
Cpl Frasz Danette Team CLerk
Cpl Grenier Eric Demonstrator
MCpl Howlett Richard Demonstrator
Sgt Karambowich Kevin CQ
Cpl Lanthier Vicki Demonstrator
MCpl Leroux Mike Senior Rigger
Sgt Levesque Roch Transport NCO
WO McLean Ed Team WO
Capt McReynolds Hugh Team Captain
Capt Sebe James Team Information Officer
Sgt Sheppard Doug CQ
Capt Wright Brian AO

2003

Cpl Adams Ryan Demonstrator
Capt Brault JM Team Captain
Cpl Dinn Eric Demonstrator
Cpl Dodds Murray Rigger
Cpl Frasz Danette Team Clerk
Lt(N) Herniman Dawn Team Information Officer
Cpl Hewton Sam Demonstrator
Sgt Karambowich Kevin PR NCO
MCpl Leroux Mike Senior Rigger
Sgt Levesque Roch CQ
Cpl McCready SCott Demonstrator
Sgt Mury Brian Transport NCO
Cpl Nolasco Brent Demonstrator
Capt Poirier Michel Narrator
WO Sheppard Doug Team WO
MCpl Springer Paul Demonstrator
Capt Wright Brian AO

2004

MCpl Bates Steve Rigger
Sgt Binet Christ PR NCO
Sgt Carlson Don Transport NCO
Cpl Collard Eric Demonstrator
WO Cotnam Bob Demonstrator
Capt Coupal Pat Demonstrator
MCpl Gaiger Brad Demonstrator
Sgt Karambowich Kevin CQ
WO Lanteigne Roch Team WO
Cpl McKenzie Brad Demonstrator
Capt Neufeld Troy Team Captain
Capt Sebe James Team Information Officer
Cpl Schell Dean Demonstrator
Capt Slack Pat DZ Controller
MCpl Sunderland Aaron Demonstrator
MCpl Thombs Chris Demonstrator/Cameraman

2005

MCpl Anctil Denise Team Clerk
MCpl Bates Steve Rigger
Capt Bronsard Sebastien Team Captain
Sgt Carlson Don Transport NCO
Capt Chow Curis AO
WO Cotnam Bob Demonstrator
Cpl D'Aragon Stephane Demonstrator
Cpl Deroy Eric Demonstrator
Lt Fremidou Nicholas PAO
Cpl Gagnon Sindy Team Clerk
Cpl Gosselin Steve Rigger
WO Hapgood John Team WO
Cpl Hewton Sam Demonstrator
Cpl Labbe Eric Demonstrator
Sgt Murphy Christopher CQ
MCpl O'Leary J.J. DZ Controller
Cpl Postings Christopher Demonstrator
Sgt Smith Dave PR NCO
Capt Thomas DM AO
MCpl Tremblay Maxime Demonstrator
Cpl Viel Donald Demonstrator

2006

MCpl Anctil Denise Team Clerk
Sgt Carlson Don CQ
WO Cotnam Robert Demonstrator
Cpl Coupal Patrick Demonstrator
Capt Fancy Jim AO
Sgt Ferguson John Transport NCO
Capt French Sean Team Captain
MCpl Gonthier Patrick Demonstrator
Cpl Gosselin Steve Rigger
WO Hulan Andrew Team WO
Cpl Langstaff Derek DZ Controller
Cpl Leroux Yannick Demonstrator
Cpl O'Donnell Kevin Rigger
Cpl Proulx Nierko Demonstrator
Sgt Smith Dave PR NCO

2007

MCpl Anctil Denise Team Clerk
MCpl Bishop Darrell CQ
Sgt Buchan Don Transport NCO
Cpl D'Aragon Stephane Senior Rigger
Cpl Durand Guillaume Demonstrator
Capt Fancy Jim AO
WO Ferguson John Team WO
Pte Fredette Marie-Lou Demonstrator
Capt French Sean Team Captain
Cpl Pinard Sebastien Rigger
Cpl Proulx Nierko Demonstrator
Sgt Whibbs Jeff PR NCO

2008

Sgt Beaudoin Steve Transport NCO
Cpl Blouin Serge Demonstrator
Sgt Caldwell Kyle Team WO
Sgt Carlson Don Demonstrator
Cpl Chase Brad Demonstrator
Sgt Croteau Martin PR NCO
MCpl D'Aragon Stephane CQ
Capt Fancy Jim AO
MCpl Gagnon Josee Team Clerk
Lt Larue Cynthia PAO
MCpl Martin James Demonstrator
Capt Manzara Angelo Team Captain
Sgt McKenzie Brad Demonstrator
Cpl Pinard Sebastien Rigger
WO Pinlac Rowell Demonstrator
Cpl St-Pierre Michel Demonstrator
Cpl Van-dyk William Rigger

2009

Sgt Baril Réal Demonstrator
Sgt Caldwell Kyle Team WO
Sgt Coles Billy Demonstrator
MCpl Collard Eric Demonstrator
MS Dumont Dominic Senior Rigger
Capt Fancy James AO
MCpl Gagnon Eric Demonstrator
MCpl Greening Tammy Team Clerk
Sgt Hegland Travis Transport NCO
Capt Laporte Ian J. Public Affairs Officer
Pte Massicotte Steven Demonstrator
Sgt McKenzie Bradley PR NCO
Cpl Nelson Richard Demonstrator
Cpl Pertus Andrew Demonstrator
Cpl Pinard Sébastien CQ
Lt(N) Sebe James Team Captain
Pte Thibodeau Annie Demonstrator
Sgt Tunn John Demonstrator
Cpl Van Dyk William Rigger
Cpl Villeneuve Christina Demonstrator
Cpl Widdowson Leigh Demonstrator

2010

Sgt Baril Real Demonstrator
OCdt Belcourt Josée Narrator
Sgt Cincinnato Paul Demonstrator
Cpl Douglas Corey Demonstrator
MS Dumont Dominic Senior Rigger
Capt Fancy Jim AO
MCpl Greening Tammy Team Clerk
Sgt Hegland Travis PR NCO
Sgt LavalLee Trevor Transport NCO
MCpl Leckie Scott CQ
Pte Levandier Demonstrator
Cpl Massicotte Steve Demonstrator
Sgt McKenzie Bradley Team WO
Capt Nobrega Christopher Team Captain
Cpl Pertus Andrew Demonstrator
Lt(N) Sebe James DZ Controller
Cpl Shaw Jonathan Rigger
Cpl Trudeau Sebastian Demonstrator

2011

Sgt Baril Real Demonstrator
Sgt Dickin Scott PR NCO
Sgt Dodds Murray Transport NCO
Cpl Douglas Corey Demonstrator
Cpl Galt Scott DZ Controller
Cpl Keith Dan Demonstrator
WO Lavallee Trevor Team WO
MCpl Leckie Scot CQ
Cpl Levandier Mike Demonstrator
Cpl Reimer Johann Demonstrator
MCpl Shaw Johnny Senior Rigger
Capt Sheppard Mark Team Captain
CPO2 Specht Tony Demonstrator
Capt Thackorie Indira PR Officer :
MCpl Winnicki Adam Demonstrator

2012

Cpl Brisebois-Bergeron Jason Demonstrator
MCpl Card Natacha Clerk
Sgt Dickin Scott Transport NCO/Team WO
Cpl Douglas Corey Demonstrator
Cpl Fortin Alex Demonstrator
Cpl Fralick Teri Demonstrator
Sgt Gosselin Frank CQ
WO Hebert Dan Team WO
Lt Huddleston Ben Ops O
Cpl Nagtegaal Andrew Demonstrator
Capt Pelletier Pierre Team Captain
MCpl Shaw Jonothan Senior Rigger
Cpl Sirois St.-Pierre Bobby Demonstrator
MCpl Smith Mark Rigger
Cpl St-Pierre Michel Demonstrator
Capt Thackorie Indira PAO
Pte Tigchelaar Allen Demonstrator
Sgt Tremblay Sebastien PR
Sgt Walker Kevin Demonstrator

2013

WO Bishop Darrell L. Team WO
MCpl Bushell Michael Demonstrator
Pte Butler William J. Clerk/Demonstrator
Cpl Collins Steve Demonstrator
Cpl Desjardins Alex F.A. Senior Rigger
Cpl Devoe Richard Demonstrator
Sgt Duchesne Francois CQ
Lt(N) Harris Julie PAO
LS Homorodean Ashlyn J. Rigger
Lt Huddleston Ben M.R. Ops O
Sgt Jenkins Daniel Demonstrator
Cpl Lebel Mathieu Demonstrator
CWO Martin Dave Demonstrator
Capt Mover Victor J. Team Captain
Sgt Richard-Roy Louis-Vincent Transport NCO/Team WO
WO Thombs Chris Demonstrator/Cameraman
Sgt Tremblay Sebastien Y. PR
MCpl Uhlik Scott Demonstrator
Sgt Viau Frederic Demonstrator

2014

MCpl Desjardins Alex Senior Rigger
Cpl Doduk Alex Demonstrator
Sgt Friolet Matthieu CQ
Cpl Hamel Frederick Demonstrator
LS Homorodean AJ Junior Rigger
Sgt Jenkins Daniel Transport NCO
MCpl Jones Gavan Demonstrator
WO Lakatos Mario Team WO
Capt McIntyre Ian PAO
Cpl Middleton Travis Demonstrator
Capt Mover Victor J. Team Captain
Sgt Richard-Roy Louis-Vincent PR NCO
Capt Spencer Andrew Administration Officer
Cpl Verville Charles-Albert Demonstrator

2015

Capt Blaine David Demonstrator
Cpl Canfield Jeremy Rigger
Sgt Cross Darren Demonstrator
Cpl Denis Jeff Demonstrator
PO2 Dumont Dominic Demonstrator
Cpl Gelinas Marylin Narrator
Sgt Hewton Sammie Demonstrator
LS Homorodean AJ Senior Rigger
Sgt Jenkins Daniel PR NCO
WO Lakatos Mario Team WO
Cpl Laliberté Yves Demonstrator
CWO Martin Dave DZ Controller
Capt Porter Jake Team Captain
Cpl Robillard Josh Demonstrator
Capt Spencer Andrew Administration Officer
MCpl St-Pierre Alexis CQ
Sgt Tremblay Jonathan Transport NCO

2016

Capt Boisjoli Daniel Demonstrator
MCpl Couture Lenny Demonstrator
MCpl Canfield Jeremy Senior Rigger
Cpl Dryburgh Robert Rigger
Cpl Fortin Alexandre Demonstrator
Cpl Fredette-Boilard Jean-Sebastian Demonstrator
Cpl James Joseph Demonstrator
Cpl Lubeck Axel Demonstrator
MCpl Morton Brendan Demonstrator
WO Ouimet Steve Team WO
Capt Porter Jake Team Captain
Cpl Potvin Simon Demonstrator
Cpl Robillard Josh Demonstrator
Capt Spencer Andrew Administration Officer
MCpl St-Pierre Alexis CQ
Sgt Tremblay Jonathan PR NCO

2017

Cpl Bent Jason Rigger

Sap Brassard Etienne Demonstrator

MCpl Canfield Jeremy CQ

Cpl Goshawk Tyler Demonstrator

MCpl Kim Grondin Demonstrator

Capt Hart John Team Captain

Sgt Jacob Zackary PR NCO

Cpl Leblanc Ryan Demonstrator

Cpl Lefrancois Vic Demonstrator

Sgt Laprade Simon Demonstrator

Cpl Morrison Alex Demonstrator

Sgt Oakie Josh Demonstrator

MCpl O'Quinn Adam Demonstrator

WO Ouimet Steve Team WO

MCpl St-Pierre Alexis Senior Rigger

Sgt Tremblay Jonathan Transport NCO

Capt Tyrone Grande PAO/Narrator

Avr Woodhead Penny Team Clerk