SkyHawks parachute team has the best view in the province
SkyHawks parachute team landed in Conception Bay South for a show on Saturday
The Newfoundland and Labrador flag was flying high over Conception Bay South this weekend — really high.
The Canadian Armed Forces' SkyHawks parachute team was in the community this weekend for a performance in the sky.
And for second-in-command Warrant Officer Mike Dwyer, who is from C.B.S., it was a special opportunity.
"I've been out in Conception Bay a hundred times cod fishing, but getting a bird's-eye view like that is unbelievable. Million-dollar view," he said, once he was back on the ground.
The 18-member SkyHawks team is performing in various cities across the country. It's a great chance not only to visit home, Dwyer said, but to show people who aren't in the military what the SkyHawks do.
"The Canadian military is full of Newfoundlanders. They're everywhere, it's fantastic," he said. "To get to show people not in the military what we do, is above and beyond."
CBC's Adam Walsh was hoping to tumble through the sky with a SkyHawks member in a tandem jump, but the weather didn't co-operate.
Even still, he got a pretty sweet ride.
So this was pretty darn neat. Thanks <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyHawksCanada?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SkyHawksCanada</a> for a great morning. <a href="https://t.co/9we018xXAK">pic.twitter.com/9we018xXAK</a>—@adamfwalsh
'Time to start jumping out of planes'
Master Seaman Bree Bent began her career in the navy, but soon realized her passion was in the sky.
She wound up working on a military air bus, serving coffee and meals.
"And then I decided that it was time to start jumping out of planes," she said.
Abi Lovelady, 11, watched the show with great enthusiasm.
"It was wild!" she said.
She definitely wants to go skydiving some day, she said, and was excited to meet Bent.
Bent said it always feels good to see young girls like Abi inspired by the SkyHawks shows.
"I feel pretty honoured to be a role model of any young girl who realizes that they can do anything boys can do," she said.