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A mile high experience for a local musician

'I’ve been waiting since I was an eight-year-old boy to do that flight and experience that'
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Cory Marquardt in the cockpit of a CT-114 Tutor in preparation for his flight with the Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron. Photo courtesy Instagram/Facebook.

North Bay’s Cory Marquardt is preparing to perform at the high profile Peachfest event in Penticton today, but Thursday he put away his guitar and traded it in for a pilots helmet as he was able to scratch something off his bucket list.  

You see before his musical career began, Marquardt was actually attending Royal Military College where he was training to become a fighter pilot.   

“I’ve been waiting since I was an eight-year-old boy to do that flight and experience that,” stated Marquardt in a Facebook video Thursday.  

Marquardt arrived in Abbotsford, B.C. earlier this week where he went through a flight medical in preparation for taking a seat in the cockpit next to a CF Snowbirds lead solo pilot nicknamed “Nacho.”  

“I'll never forget it,” said Marquardt on social media.  

“What an amazing day and experience with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in Abbotsford, BC. Thanks to my pilot @the9jet for the unforgettable experience, the ride of a lifetime and the entire team for making this happen.” 

After his event in Penticton, the North Bay music star will pack his bags and head to north where he will perform with label mate Aaron Pritchett at the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops on Saturday.  

Marquardt released his first album “This Man” in the spring of 2015.