Kevin Pepper

CF-18 Demonstration Team at Waterloo Airshow

We were at the 2012 Waterloo Air show this past weekend. I haven’t been to an air show in a few years and thought I would go to this years edition at the Breslau Airport.

The CF-18 National Demonstration Team returns for the 2012 air show season with one mission: to deliver spectacular performances throughout the summer! This year, the 2012 schedule has our team participating in 15 Canadian air shows with two taking place in Canada’s North (Yellowknife and Inuvik), four shows in the United States, as well as a deployment to South America.

The CF-18 Demo Team personifies the excellence required to keep the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) among the best aviation organizations on the planet. The expertise and dedication required by the team, from the pilot to the maintenance crews to the coordinators, reflects the professionalism of all of Canada's airmen and airwomen.

This year, the Demo Team's theme is: The True North Strong and Free

As in our National Anthem, the True North Strong and Free speaks to the magnificence of Canada’s North and to the Canadian resolve to demonstrate a visible presence there and to have the capacity to defend our Arctic territory. The RCAF has an important role in the North; we operate in that region on a regular basis conducting aerial sovereignty, reconnaissance and surveillance patrols, carrying out search and rescue operations, defending the airspace of Canada and the United States through our commitments to NORAD, and enabling operations such as Op Nanook, Op Nunalivut and Op Nunakput.

To embody this theme, this year’s Demo Hornet will display tail and dorsal art featuring 13 distinctive snowflakes representing Canada’s provinces and territories, as well as the 13 Wings across the country. Created by veteran graphic design director Jim Belliveau of 410 Squadron at Cold Lake, Alberta, each snowflake also represents a unique northern theme.

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