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Training Hawks cause a stir in Upper Arrow Lake

Two Hawk aircraft from 419 Squadron Cold Lake, like this one pictured here, flew over the Upper Arrow Lake March 28, 2013 as part of a training exercise.  - Photo courtesy Corporal Jean-François Lauzé, RCAF
Two Hawk aircraft from 419 Squadron Cold Lake, like this one pictured here, flew over the Upper Arrow Lake March 28, 2013 as part of a training exercise.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Corporal Jean-François Lauzé, RCAF

What's that up in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well, it's a plane with a bird's name, a jet plane in fact.

Just after noon on Sunday, March 28, two fighter jets were seen flying north over the valley, an uncommon sight in the skies above Upper Arrow Lake.

Captain David Lavallee, Public Affairs Officer for the 2 Canadian Air Division out of Winnipeg said the jets were a pair of CT155 Hawks from the 419 Squadron. The Hawks were training craft on a cross-country training flight giving their pilots the experience of different terrain. The planes that caused a brief stir on Sunday returned back to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, the busiest fighter base in Canada.

"It's part of normal training," Lavallee told the Arrow Lakes News, explaining that pilots often fly over different parts of the country as part of their education.

What were they looking for?

"You can't see much," said Lavallee, commenting that the high speeds of the craft make it difficult to see much other than a blur during flight.

What about chem trails. Were the planes dropping chemicals?

After a quick description of  what chem trails were to Major Steve Neta, he said the planes were "absolutely not" dumping anything into the skies from the jets.

There it is.

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