CF-188 Hornet

Overview

The CF-188 Hornet, commonly called the CF-18, is a multi-role fighter aircraft. It is used for air defence, air superiority, ground attack, tactical support, training, aerobatic demonstration, and aerospace testing and evaluation.

The Hornet is a fast, light and manoeuvrable aircraft. Because of its power, speed and target-tracking capabilities, it has had great success in many military operations in Canada and around the world.

Length 17.07 m
Wingspan 12.31 m
Height 4.66 m
Empty weight 10,455 kg
Maximum standard thrust per engine 4,850 kg
Maximum afterburner thrust per engine 7,290 kg
Maximum speed Mach 1.8
Range 3,700 km
Locations
  • Bagotville, Que.
  • Cold Lake, Alta.
This aircraft is used for
  • Fighter
  • Air demonstration

It was a poignant moment as CF-18 Hornets from 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron flew over the United Kingdom in late August 2021, eighty years after the Squadron was formed in Digby, England.
December 6, 2021

When you want to paint a Canadian Armed Forces fighter aircraft, however, you need something that can survive speeds in excess of two-thousand, two hundred kilometres per-hour (or Mach 1.8).
August 13, 2021

Cpl Kirandeep Braich, an Aviation Technician with 1 Air Maintenance Squadron, based at 4 Wing Cold Lake, says that being part of the CAF comes with many challenges and opportunities that are not only rewarding, but also make you grow as a person.
March 12, 2021

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Captain Chris ‘LIME’ Swartz graduated from the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School - Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, more commonly known as TOPGUN.
December 21, 2020

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