2021 CF-18 Demo Team theme

“Strong at Home”, represents the commitment to domestic operations that the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are involved with throughout Canada. The RCAF is committed to 24/7 operations in the defence of Canada and North America. Each day, aviators work hard to protect the lives of Canadians through NORAD operations, aeronautical Search and Rescue across Canada, rapid response to natural disasters, and operations to combat COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic. This season the CF-18 Demonstration Team will also recognize the strength of Canadians who have sacrificed so much and shown tremendous resiliency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 paint scheme design was developed by RCAF Reservist Captain Jeff Chester and brought to life by a talented team of Aircraft Structures Technicians from the Aerospace Telecommunications and Engineering Support Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton, ON. The paint scheme for 2021 utilizes a classic hornet-grey palette representing the importance of operational excellence in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The Eagle featured on the tail of the CF-18 Demo Jet represents vigilance, agility, readiness, and speed. This speaks to NORAD operations in particular, but also the immediate response in protecting and defending Canadians through SAR or Operation LENTUS as 24/7 operations. The feathers of the eagle are represented with Maple leaves, an iconic symbol of Canada that is proudly displayed in the Canadian flag and on the Royal Canadian Air Force roundel.

In tribute to 50 years of inspiration, including their mission to uplift us all this past year, there are eight maple leaves representing eight of the nine iconic CF Snowbirds Tutor aircraft that perform during an air show. Like in the missing man formation, the ninth is missing, in solemn remembrance of all the Canadians who were lost this year, including members of CAF, the Snowbirds own Captain Jenn Casey, and our airshow family.

On the underside of the Demo jet, the single missing Snowbird can be found – represented by the signature Snowbird SPEEDBIRD in the exact dimensions that are found on the CT-114 Tutor.

The CF-18 false canopy paint remains alongside the SPEEDBIRD highlighting the operational nature of the jet and the Snowbirds pilots, technicians and support staff who spent their careers contributing to operational missions on the CF-18 and other RCAF aircraft.

The large maple leaf on the inner tail pays homage to our home and native land that the Royal Canadian Air Force has proudly served for 97 years.

Listed on the upper and lower portions of the inner tail are the 12 domestic operations that the Canadian Armed Forces currently participates in including, Search and Rescue and NORAD, then in alphabetical order, Operation BOXTOP, Operation GLOBE, Operation INSPIRATION, Operation LASER, Operation LENTUS, Operation LIMPID, Operation NANOOK, Operation NEVUS, Operation PALACI, and Operation VECTOR.

The leading edge extension (LEX) fences feature the 2021 theme hashtags in both languages: #StrongAtHome and #ProtectionduCanada.

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