Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, And Snowbirds Combine For Incredible 21-Ship Mass Formation

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US Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation Flight

In an historic moment, the US Navy Blue Angels, US Air Force Thunderbirds, and Canadian Forces Snowbirds joined together in a massive formation yesterday near Lake Erie. The three teams have crossed paths and flown jointly before, but this is believed to be the first and only time that all 21(!) display aircraft have shared the skies together.

US Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation FlightUS Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation Flight

US Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation Flight

The flight was only possible because all three teams are performing relatively close to each other this Labor Day weekend. The Snowbirds and Thunderbirds are in Toronto, ON for the Canadian International Air Show while the Blue Angels are in Cleveland, OH for the Cleveland National Air Show.

US Navy Blue Angels, USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds Joint Formation Flight

Photographer Glenn Watson captured the joint flight from the rear of the formation and all three teams shared these same photos on their social media pages. Hopefully more photos come out from another angle!

Canadian Snowbirds Visit Blue Angels, Perform In Pensacola

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Snowbirds and Blue Angels at Pensacola

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds made a visit to NAS Pensacola, home of the US Navy Blue Angels, ahead of their show in Anderson, SC.

The team arrived Sunday night, and joined the Blues in ‘buzzing the beach’, their tradition when returning home from a show. Because the Snowbirds were low on fuel, the teams did not join up but flew along the white sandy beaches of Pensacola at the same time.

Fans in the area also got a special treat during the week from the Canadian team as they practiced over the base. Traditionally, the Blue Angels practice during the week at Pensacola, with performances open to the public. To have two jet teams perform several times in one week was quite the show!

The teams took the opportunity to ride with each other and discuss best practices. Last year, the US Air Force Thunderbirds stopped by Pensacola for a similar visit.

The teams also took some time to sign autographs following their practice performance.

Snowbirds and Blue Angels Sign AutographsSnowbirds and Blue Angels at Pensacola

Snowbirds and Blue Angels Sign Autographs

Snowbirds and Blue Angels at Pensacola

Canadian Forces Snowbirds To Visit Blue Angels, Perform For Pensacola

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will be making a rare and surprise appearance at NAS Pensacola next week! The team will be performing demonstrations over the base on May 15 and 16. The Blue Angels also have practice demonstrations those days, but their May 15th (and May 18th) performances are shown as not open to the public. The demonstrations can be viewed from the National Naval Aviation Museum on base.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, this is the plan for public viewing:
– The flight line will open at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, for the Snowbirds performance at 2 p.m.
– Access to the base will begin at 8 a.m., and the flight line will open at 8:30 a.m. before the Blue Angels fly at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 16. There will be an autograph session after the performance in the museum atrium. The flight line will reopen at 1 p.m. to allow for viewing of the Snowbirds demonstration that begins at 2 p.m.
– The flight line will open at 10:30 a.m. for the Blue Angels practice demonstration at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17.

The Snowbirds are Canada’s national demonstration team. They perform with nine CT-114 Tutor trainer aircraft flying in close formation. You can see their 2018 airshow schedule here on our blog!

2018 CF-18 Demonstration Jet Debuts With Beautiful “NORAD 60” Paint Scheme

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2018 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team - NORAD Paint Scheme

Take a look at this beautiful jet! The Royal Canadian Air Force took the wraps off of the special paint scheme developed for the 2018 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team this past week. Although illustrations of the design were shared in January, the finished aircraft was debuted publicly in a ceremony at CFB Cold Lake on Tuesday.

2018 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team - NORAD Paint Scheme2018 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team - NORAD Paint Scheme

Each year, the RCAF designates one CF-18 Hornet as the primary demonstration aircraft, and paints it up in a special scheme. The designs have ranged from vertical fin designs to brightly colored, full-aircraft designs. The 2018 scheme celebrates 60 years of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. You can read more about the design and some of the special elements it incorporates in our previous post.

2018 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team - NORAD Paint Scheme2018 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team - NORAD Paint Scheme
Photos courtesy of Canadian Forces CF-18 Demo Team on Facebook

Demonstration pilot Captain Stefan “Porcelain” Porteous will be performing in the jet all over Canada and the United States in 2018. Check out the 2018 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration schedule to see if he will be appearing near you!

Hats off to the paint crew for a superb job, and thank you to Steve Bigg of Locked On Photography for allowing us to share his photos!

Snowbirds Change 2018 Schedule To Add Airshow London Performances

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will once again soar over London, Ontario this September. Organizers of Airshow London announced today that the team has added the show to their 2018 schedule and will perform on September 7, 8, and 9.

London is one of Canada’s largest airshows and it was quite surprising that it did not appear on the original 2018 schedule for the Snowbirds. The team instead planned to perform in Mont-Joli, Quebec that weekend instead. We have very little information on that event and do not know if it will be held now or not.

We have updated our copy of the 2018 Canadian Forces Snowbirds schedule to reflect the change. Please make sure to follow our forums to stay up to date as it continues to change throughout the year!

Stunning Paint Scheme For 2018 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Jet Unveiled

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Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team - 2018 Demo Jet

The Royal Canadian Air Force has just released an illustration of the coming 2018 CF-18 Hornet demonstration team paint scheme! This amazing, full-aircraft design is intended to celebrate 60 years of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. The specially painted aircraft will be the team’s primary demonstration aircraft throughout the season. Make sure to check the 2018 CF-18 Hornet demonstration schedule and see if the jet will be appearing near you, and stay tuned for photos of the jet as it is rolled out!

The RCAF explained some of the elements of the paint scheme in their announcement:

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.

The #CF18Demo team is looking forward to showcasing 60 years of Canada and the United States sharing “the watch” through NORAD.

This year’s aircraft is just the latest in a long line of specially-painted demonstration team aircraft. The 2017 Hornet celebrated “Canada 150”, the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, with a beautiful red and white design.

RCAF Announces 2018 CF-18 Hornet Demo Team Pilot And Theme

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RCAF CF-18 Hornet Demo Pilot Captain Stefan "Porcelain" Porteous
Photo courtesy of the RCAF

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has announced the CF-18 Hornet demonstration pilot for the 2018 airshow season, as well as the theme for the 2018 team.

Captain Stefan “Porcelain” Porteous will be the demonstration pilot for the 2018 season. He is from Comox, British Columbia and earned his private pilot license in 2005 after first learning to fly gliders with the Royal Air Cadets. He joined the RCAF in 2008 and qualified to fly the CF-18 Hornet in 2014. Capt. Porteous is currently part of 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 3 Wing in Bagotville, Quebec.

The theme he will be flying for in 2018 is the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD is the military command charged with defending North American airspace. It was jointly established in 1958 by Canada and the United States and continues to maintain a 24/7 watch to protect both countries.

Assuming tradition holds, the aircraft assigned to the demonstration team will be given a special paint scheme (designed by Jim Belliveau) celebrating this theme. The 2017 demo jet, flown by Capt. Matthew “Glib” Kutryk, featured a stunning red and white paint scheme celebrating Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of the country’s confederation.

Previous demo paint schemes have ranged from special tails to designs covering the entire aircraft. During a live video interview, Capt. Porteous reported that the 2018 scheme will be a full aircraft design with midnight blue as the primary color. More details on the 2018 paint scheme will be released at a later date!

Take a look at the 2018 CF-18 Hornet demonstration schedule to see if the team will be performing near you!

Quotes from the press release:

“I am extremely honoured to have been selected as Canada’s 2018 National CF-18 Demonstration Team pilot. I am very much looking forward to commemorating 60 years of NORAD at air shows throughout the summer while having the opportunity to be part of a highly dedicated team that will work together to put on thrilling performances aimed at demonstrating the professionalism and skill of the men and women of the RCAF. I look forward to meeting as many people as possible over the course of the coming demonstration season.”

– Capt. Porteous, 2018 CF-18 demonstration pilot

“As the Commander of the Canadian NORAD Region, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the important NORAD mission and our important bi-national partnership through the 2018 National CF-18 Demonstration program. The men and women of NORAD work diligently to keep watch over our countries and to protect the air sovereignty of North America. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, no matter what – we have the watch.”

– Major-General Christian Drouin, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region

Canadian Forces Snowbirds 2018 Airshow Schedule Released

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Here is the 2018 airshow schedule for the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds! Will you see them in 2018? Let us know! Post in the AirshowStuff Forums or on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

Schedules often change during the year – for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums!

2018 Appearance Schedule – Canadian Forces Snowbirds

May 5-6: MCAS Cherry Point – MCAS Cherry Point, NC
May 12-13: Peterson AFB – Colorado Springs, CO
May 15-17: Blue Angels Visit – NAS Pensacola, FL
May 19-20: Anderson Regional Airshow – Anderson, SC
May 23: Ocean City, MD
May 26-27: Jones Beach Airshow – Wantagh, NY
May 30: Airshow Cape Breton – Port Hawkesbury, NS

June 2-3: Borden Armed Forces Day – CFB Borden, ON
June 9-10: Thunder Of Niagara Airshow – Niagara Falls, NY
June 13: Parry Sound, ON
June 16-17: Great Lakes International Airshow – St. Thomas, ON
June 19: Saint-Isidore, QC
June 23-24: Heroes Festival Canada – Wasaga Beach, ON
June 27: Sur L’ air de Chambly – Chambly, QC
June 28: Montreal, QC

July 1: Parliament Hill Canada Day Flyover – Ottawa, ON (Flyover Only)
July 7-8: Manitoba Airshow – Southport, MB
July 11: Flin Flon Rotary Airshow – Flin Flon, MB
July 14-15: Country Thunder Saskatchewan – Regina, SK
July 15: 15 Wing Fellowship Highway to Heroes – Moose Jaw, SK
July 18: Snowbirds Over Camrose – Camrose, AB
July 21-22: Cold Lake Airshow – CFB Cold Lake, AB
July 25: Rocky Mountain House Airshow – Rocky Mountain House, AB
July 28-29: Hometown Heroes Airshow – Whitecourt, AB

August 1: Vancouver, BC
August 4-5: Vanderhoof International Airshow – Vanderhoof, BC
August 8: Nanaimo, BC
August 10-12: Abbotsford International Airshow – Abbotsford, BC
August 22: Thunder Over The Boardwalk – Atlantic City, NJ
August 25-26: Atlantic Canada International Airshow – Summerside, PEI
August 29: Brantford Charity Airshow – Brantford, ON

September 1-3: Canadian International Airshow – Toronto, ON
September 4: Captain VandenBos School Tribute – Whitby, ON (Non-Aerobatic Performance)
September 7-9: Airshow London – London, ON
September 15: Aero Gatineau-Ottawa – Gatineau, QC
September 16: Battle of Britain Commemoration – Ottawa, ON (Non-Aerobatic Performance)
September 19: Snowbirds Over Fort Erie – Fort Erie, ON
September 22-23: NAS Oceana – Virginia Beach, VA
September 29-30: Oregon International Airshow – Hillsboro, OR

October 6-7: Santa Maria, CA
October 13-14: Fort Worth Alliance Airshow – Fort Worth, TX
October 19: Home Closer – CFB Moose Jaw, SK

Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team 2018 Schedule Released

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Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet

Here is the 2018 airshow schedule for the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team! Will you see them in 2018? Let us know! Post in the AirshowStuff Forums or on the AirshowStuff Facebook page and make sure you share pictures after the show!

Schedules often change during the year – for the latest updates please be sure to check our forums!

2018 Appearance Schedule – Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team

May 5-6: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Open House – Trenton, NJ
May 11-12: NORAD 60th Anniversary Airshow – Colorado Springs, CO
May 19-20: Hangar 24 Airfest – Redlands, CA
May 26-27: Cannon AFB Air Show – Cannon AFB, NM

June 2-3: Borden Armed Forces Day and Air Show – Borden, ON
June 9-10: Gimli Air Show – Gimli, MB (Airshow canceled)
June 13: North Bay Air Show – North Bay, ON
June 16-17: Great Lakes International Airshow – St Thomas, ON
June 23-24: Heroes Festival Canada – Wasaga Beach, ON

July 7: RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day – Somerset, UK
July 14-15: Royal International Air Tattoo – RAF Fairford, UK
July 21-22: Cold Lake Air Show – Cold Lake, AB
July 25: Rocky Mountain House Airshow – Rocky Mountain House, AB
July 28-29: Hometown Heroes Air Show – Whitecourt, AB

August 4-5: Vanderhoof International Airshow – Vanderhoof, BC
August 11-12: Abbotsford International Air Show – Abbotsford, BC
August 18-19: Victoriaville Air Show – Victoriaville, QB
August 25-26: Atlantic Canada International Air Show – Nova Scotia
August 29: Brantford Community Charity Air Show – Brantford, ON

September 1-2: Canadian International Air Show – Toronto, ON
September 8-9: Airshow London – London, ON
September 15: Aero Gatineau-Ottawa – Gatineau, QC
September 16: Battle of Britain – Ottawa, ON
September 22-23: California Capital Airshow – Sacramento, CA
September 29-30: Oregon International Air Show – Hillsboro, OR

October 6-7: Air Show Baltimore – Baltimore, MD
October 13-14: Spirit of St. Louis Air Show – Chesterfield, MO

Quinte International Airshow At CFB Trenton Cancelled For 2018

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Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet

Quinte International Airshow, a biennial event held at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton in Ontario, has been cancelled for 2018. The last show, which was hailed as a success, was held in 2016.

The Quinte International Airshow is hosted by 8 Wing Trenton and they are citing operational commitments as the reason for the cancellation of the 2018 airshow. 8 Wing operates several aircraft types from the CC-130 Hercules to the CC-144 Challenger, which is primarily used for VIP transport. The wing delivers humanitarian aid internationally and supports Canadian and Allied operations around the world.

It has been a busy time for the base this year, with operations assisting with the forest fires in British Columbia as well as assisting with the recent hurricanes in the Gulf and Caribbean. With those operational priorities in focus, the base made the difficult decision to call off the show for next year.

While the show is cancelled for 2018, 8 Wing Trenton is looking to work with community partners to potentially bring the Quinte International Air Show back again in the future.

Here is the full statement from 8 Wing Commander Colonel Mark Goulden on the airshow’s Facebook page:

Cancelling 2018

Operations at 8 Wing Trenton is our priority, whether it be helping Canadians during disasters such as the British Columbia wildfires, delivering humanitarian aid internationally, or supplying Canadian Armed Forces missions around the world. It is with these operational commitments in mind that 8 Wing Trenton has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2018 Quinte International Air Show.

Potential for the future

While it is impossible to predict our operational tempo at 8 Wing for the future, 8 Wing Trenton will be looking to work with community partners to explore the possibility of bringing the Quinte International Air Show back in the future.

Thankful

8 Wing Trenton is thankful for the tremendous support given to the Quinte International Air Show by sponsors and spectators. The support by our surrounding community is unparalled and that support allows us to execute the missions we are asked to do every day.

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