CF-18 Demo Team unveils its 2018 Hornet

Unveiling of the 2018 Demo Jet

The RCAF rolled out this year’s CF-18 demo jet last week.
Photo: Cpl Justin Roy, Wing Imaging

Jeff Gaye

It’s a thing of beauty.

The specially-painted CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team aircraft made its first appearance in AETE’s hangar last Tuesday. Its design celebrates the 60th anniversary of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Speaking at the unveiling, 1 Canadian Air Division Deputy Commander BGen Sean Boyle described NORAD, a joint command of Canada and the United States, as “a unique example of the depth and breadth of the Canadian and US partnership in the common defence of our continent. It is a relationship built on trust, mutual benefit, and a shared assurance for sovereignty.”

The paint scheme was designed by Capt Jeff Chester, a professional artist and RCAF reservist. Jim Belliveau, who has designed paint schemes for dozens of special aircraft, was a creative consultant on the project.

“It’s actually even better than I thought it was going to be,” Capt Chester said. “When I got the final drawings done I thought, ‘I think this looks really good and really splashy.’ But now to see it in 3-D with everything shining and glimmering, yeah I’m really proud.”

MCpl Dale Perry was a supporting Master Corporal on the crew that painted the jet. He said crew chief MCpl Phil Wells and the paint team can be proud of the result.

“These guys put in over 400 tech hours of overtime just to get this done,” he said. “In a way we’re glad to see it gone, because it took so much work. But then again, you know, you don’t want to see it go. It’s part of the family now.”

Capt Stefan Porteous of 433 Squadron will fly the demo jet on this summer’s air show circuit.