Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. The display aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet Solo Display Team rolled out today after it gets its new paint job at its home base. The demo team flying displays with special painted CF-188 Hornet almost every year.
This year’s design commemorates the 60 years of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.The design: Elements from NORAD’s logo – lightning bolts, a north-pointing sword, the globe, and silver stylized wings that evoke both the northern lights and radar sweeps. Taken together, the motif is undeniably symbolic of NORAD’s ongoing commitment to the protection and defence of North American airspace, and the RCAF’s role in guaranteeing Canadian sovereignty.
Timelapse – source: RCAF Facebook
The Royal Canadian Air Force jets were frequent guests across Europe during the last few years, with CF-188 Hornet static displays or flypasts, but some other types like the CC-177 Globemaster III or CC-130 Hercules also showed on some events. However the Canadian display teams are very rare phenomenons in Europe. Last time, 10 years ago, the Royal Canadian CF-188 Display Team sent to Fairford, to RIAT 2018 when the show had to be cancelled on Saturday 12th July and Sunday 13th July due to the unusual level of rainfall in the week preceding the event which resulted in the car parks and airfield being waterlogged.
But this year will be a returning year for the team, and at the moment the Canadian Hornet display confirmed to two events, the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Yeovilton Air Day in the United Kingdom during this July. Some Polish news portals also rumored, that the team will return to Europe to participate the other 100 years anniversary event in Europe, the Radom International Airshow, but at the moment, there is no any official confirmation in this context.
Video and photos: Royal Canadian Air Force Official Facebook Page