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 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
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.

2017 Jet Team Seasons Coming To A Close

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Blue Angels 2017 Season About to End

As the temperatures cool, the 2017 airshow season is coming to a close. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds wrapped up their season on October 22nd, in Moose Jaw, SK with their traditional home show for families.

The Blue Angels have a couple shows left before their traditional home closer at NAS Pensacola. The team will perform in Jacksonville, FL on November 4-5th before returning to Pensacola for the November 11-12th end of season show. The 2017 season has been one of ups and downs for the team, with Fat Albert being grounded for an extended amount of time due to a maintenance overhaul and a fleet grounding which ordered after a Marine C-130 crashed in Mississippi in July. On a positive note, the six blue and gold jets performed full displays at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in late July for the first time ever.

The Thunderbirds will also wrap up their 2017 show season at Nellis AFB on November 11-12th. The team performed in 36 cities, along with many additional flyovers, during the show season. The team performed flyovers of both the Super Bowl and the Daytona 500, and traveled across the Atlantic to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and appeared in the French Bastille Day military parade.

All three North American jet teams had the rare opportunity to fly with their Patrouille de France counterparts during their tour of US and Canada in the spring. The PAF visited the Blue Angels in Pensacola, the Thunderbirds at Nellis, and the Snowbirds in Ontario, making for some spectacular and rare photo opportunities.

Didn’t get a chance to see one of the jet teams in 2017? Check out the preliminary 2018 schedules for the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels to see if they’ll be near you next year. Keep in mind that the 2018 schedules for all three teams will be released/updated at the annual ICAS convention during the second week of December. Stay tuned to AirshowStuff for the details as soon as they are available!

The 2017 Lethbridge International Air Show Was One To Remember

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Canadian Forces Snowbirds - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

The biennial Lethbridge International Air Show returned in 2017 as a highlight worth catching in Southern Alberta and Western Canada. With a full list of performers of all types and a static display that was impressive to say the least, the July 15-16 weekend was well spent in Lethbridge.

Friday – Night Show

Friday’s schedule started late to allow for a twilight show, something which is thankfully becoming more common. The show began with the United States Army Golden Knights jumping in at the start of golden hour. Shortly after they landed, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds took to the skies for yet another excellent performance, even with one ship missing. With light fading, the Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster III powered down the runway and bolted into the sky. Geoff Latter in his Nanchang CJ-6 “Nancy” followed, then the United States Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” mini-demo with some up-close and impressive pyro. Canada’s own Pete McLeod of Red Bull Air Racing fame tumbled through the sky just before Mark Peterson in his Dornier AlphaJet demonstrated how high-performance a non-afterburning jet can be. Greg “Wired” Colyer in his T-33 Shooting Star “Ace Maker II” kept it low and fast ahead of Jerry Conley in his beautiful de Havilland DH-115 Vampire “Vampy ‘Too’.” Just before the sun began to set, the Golden Knights fit in their full routine.

US Army Golden Knights - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017de Havilland DH-115 Vampire "Vampy Too" - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

The highlight of the show was certainly the last demo, and one the crowds were waiting for: the CF-18 Hornet. The Hornet, with afterburners lighting up the runway, burnt a trail across the then night sky. Before finishing his routine, Bill Braack in the Smoke-N-Thunder Jetcar took to the runway and challenged the Hornet to a race, of which the outcome was undetermined by most spectators due to the enormous and impressive wall of fire that lit the grounds and sky as they crossed the finished line.

While the flying had finished and most were filing out of the show, a smaller, less-appreciated setting had been set on the static display. Folks on their way off of the airport were treated to the numerous aircraft on the static line lit up by large, portable lights, providing a unique and often unseen view as the last bit of light faded from the day into the dark.

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Saturday – Full Show

This was the first and only day to show the full line-up of performers in the light of day. Attendance was noticeably high, despite the winds and approaching weather that persisted throughout the day. Nearly all performers were able to fit in their routines without issue. The Golden Knights were able to complete their first jump (which we were graciously allowed to observe from the aircraft), but unable to finish their second due to the winds. This prompted Transport Canada to monitor the approaching storm, and once it closed within 1 km, the show was postponed for a mandatory evacuation of the grounds. Shortly after, lightning struck the end of the runway. By then, the NOTAM set to secure the airspace for the performers was too near its end to continue the show, and the decision was made to cancel the remainder of the acts (CF-18 and Snowbirds).

Pete McLeod (Red Bull Air Racer) - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017Mustang High Flight - Dornier AlphaJet - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

Sunday – Mini-Show

With the same hours as the full show, but with select performances, the mini-show was intended to give first-time attendees a taste of what an air show is like. The winds were still high throughout the day, resulting in the Golden Knights cancelling their demo that afternoon. The acts that did still take the sky included the CC-177, T-33, AlphaJet, Vampire, A-10, CAF Snowbirds, CJ-6, and CF-18.

RCAF CC-177 Globemaster III - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

Statics

Certainly the aerial performers were worth the admission, but just as equally the static displays that attended proved worthwhile. All of the aircraft on the website’s listing of confirmed attendees showed up except the Transport Canada National Aerial Surveillance Dash 8. In a surprise filling of the Dash 8’s vacancy, a US Navy E-6B Mercury airborne command post and communications relay aircraft from Tinker AFB, Oklahoma came to the show. Additionally, a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 from 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron, nicknamed the “Cougars,” with a special 75th anniversary painted tail joined the many heavies on the line. The show had a total of three C-17s on display, with one from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Altus AFB, Oklahoma, and a CC-177 from CFB Trenton, Ontario.

USMC MV-22 Osprey on static - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017USN E-6B Mercury on static - Lethbridge International Air Show 2017

With a few hiccups throughout the weekend due to weather and other elements out of the show’s control, the 2017 Lethbridge International Air Show was able to impress with a stellar line-up of performers and a static display most shows would envy. We at AirshowStuff would like the thank the Lethbridge International Air Show Association and its volunteers for putting on this year’s show. We’d also like to thank Kim and Trina Tymko of Prime Rentals Ltd. for their sponsorship of the air show and help in coordinating our visit. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019!

Look for much more coverage of this great event on our Facebook page and Youtube channel as we work through a mountain of content!

New Military Performers Promise Action-Packed Weekend At Lethbridge Next Week

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A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)

We’ve teased you with information about the upcoming Lethbridge International Airshow, happening July 14-16 2017, and kept up with their exciting static announcements. Today, we’re here to tell you about two military acts that you won’t likely find together anywhere else this year that will be tearing up the skies over Alberta. The show has added a United States Air Force (USAF) A-10 Thunderbolt II demonstration to their roster, as well as a flight demo by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CC-177 Globemaster III from 429 Transport Squadron of CFB Trenton, Ontario.

A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)C-17 Globemaster III

The USAF A-10s will be flying throughout the show weekend. Lethbridge will be one of the few places anyone will get a chance to see the A-10 perform anywhere in North America, and the only confirmed demo in Canada this year thus far. The Thunderbolts will be from the 303rd Fighter Squadron/442nd Fighter Wing of Whiteman AFB, Missouri. The CC-177 will be flying a demonstration showing off the capabilities of the airframe and its mission at 429 Squadron. The aircraft performing will be the same painted-tail Globemaster that will be featured on static display. These new performer additions add to an already stellar, jet-filled lineup featuring the RCAF CF-18 Hornet, a de Havilland Vampire, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Hurry to get your tickets before the show here!

For more information on the Lethbridge International Airshow, please visit their website.

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