Hockey fans will be looking way up on Tuesday as the Canadian Armed Forces conduct a flyby above the Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party.
Two Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta will fly over Bell MTS Place at 7 p.m. just as the Jets take on the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“The aircraft will fly over the arena at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest obstacle on their route. Flybys by RCAF aircraft are carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety, and are dependent upon weather and flying conditions,” an RCAF release said.
The actual jet is a significant show of aviation muscle compared to what Nashville fans “smashed” in their city last weekend. As part of its reputation of being “Smashville,” the team painted a tiny Beech 77 Skipper before raffling off opportunities for fans to smash the plane with a hammer.
The Winnipeg Jets tweeted about the “cute lil skipper plane,” saying that a real aircraft wasn’t likely in Nashville’s budget.
Awwwww… what a cute lil skipper plane. ?
Guessing one of these weren’t in the budget…? pic.twitter.com/VaXlM5zr3a
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) April 25, 2018