Royal Canadian Air Force CF‑18 Hornet

Established in 1982, the RCAF CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team showcases the Canadian-built McDonnell Douglas CF-18 fighter aircraft’s exceptional capabilities. Operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force, the CF-18 is a versatile, twin-engine, multi-role combat aircraft critical to Canada’s and its allies’ defence. The Demonstration Team, composed of experienced pilots, demonstrates the Hornet’s impressive maneuverability, power, and speed through a series of awe-inspiring aerial stunts.

One of the most striking features of the CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team is their commitment to showcasing Canada’s rich aviation history and honouring those who have served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Get Up Close 

At the Abbotsford International Airshow, spectators can expect a dynamic and adrenaline-fueled performance from the CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team. The skilled pilots will execute gravity-defying stunts like the high alpha pass, inverted flight, and high-G turns, all the while showcasing the incredible speed and power of the CF-18. The roar of the engines will reverberate through the crowd, making this an experience that is as exhilarating as it is unforgettable.
In addition to the heart-pounding aerial display, the RCAF CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team is also known for their dedication to engaging with fans and the local community. Team members prioritize participating in autograph sessions, sharing their experiences with the public, and educating the younger generation about the significance of their roles in the Royal Canadian Air Force. This dedication to community outreach ensures a lasting impact beyond the duration of the airshow itself.

The Spectacular CF-18

The McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet, officially designated the CF-188 by the RCAF, is a fighter aircraft designed for various missions, such as air defence, ground attack, and tactical support. It was first introduced into the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1982 as part of a production order awarded to the F/A-18 Hornet after winning the New Fighter Aircraft Project competition. With its power, speed, and target-tracking capabilities, the CF-18 has been used in numerous military operations worldwide, including the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, and Operation Impact against ISIL. The Hornet has a length of 17.07 meters, a wingspan of 12.31 meters, and a maximum speed of Mach 1.8. Despite early issues with structural fatigue, the CF-18 has since proven to be a fast, light, and maneuverable aircraft that has fulfilled its intended roles in the NORAD interception and NATO missions.

Photo: Derek Heyes