are the Canadian Forces
Parachute Demonstration Team based at CFB Trenton
. They are a sub-unit of the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre
The team consists of ten permanent members and nine temporary members from the Regular and Reserve Forces. They act as ambassadors for the Canadian Forces at special events, airshows and schools. They are easily recognizable because of their parachutes resembling the Canadian flag
The team was established in 1971 with Major John Hasek
as its first commander. The SkyHawks have appeared in more than 4,200 shows, performing for over 68 million spectators. Other than Canada
and the United States
, they've also made appearances around the world including Japan
. The SkyHawks have demonstrated parachuting
at a Rolling Stones
concert in 2003, at the Juno Beach Centre Opening Celebrations in Normandy, and at the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland
. The team conducts over 3,400 parachute descents at training camp each year in order to prepare for their show season, which runs from March until October.
Over the years augmentee demonstration parachutists have been drawn from all Commands of the Canadian Forces, representing a myriad of trades and officer classifications.
The SkyHawks team spends five weeks training in the clear, sunny skies of California. Members of the SkyHawks also provide instructor assistance for parachute training to members of the Canadian Forces... Read More