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The CF-18 at the London International Air Fest Canada

by Pablo Calcaterra © 2005 Modeler Site

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Every June, the London International Air Fest takes place at the international airport in London, Ontario, Canada. It lasts for 3 days and last year we could find the F14 Tomcats doing their last presentation, along with American’s B1, a Harrier, an F15, F16, F5, C5 Galaxy & CF-18s, Challenger (VIP transport) of the RCAF among others.

This year, due to the lack of funds and sponsors, the CAD 150.000 for the insurance could not be paid and as a consequence the WarBirds were not present like they always do: Spitfire, Mustang, hurricane, Lancaster.

Besides approximately 20 civilian airplanes, including an hydroplane, we were able to admire two SuperHornets of the US Navy (replacing the Tomcats), two CF-18s and a Bell 212 RCAF, a CF-80 and of course, like always, the Snowbirds with their Tutors.

All the Show was commented and explained by Charlie Fox, DFC and bar, 412 Spitfire Sqn, RCAF, who shot down 4 German planes in WWII. For more details about the charismatic Charlie, you can visit  > Here

Pistures taken during the 2004 event

The CF-18 National hornet Demonstration Team 2005

This year this team had two planes, one of which was sporting schemes to celebrate the 100 years of Alberta and Saskatchewan and also the 40 years of the Canadian flag as we know it now. These schemes were painted by the ground team in 7 days. The 4th Wing is based in Cold Lake.

The demonstration pilot is Capt. James “Buca” Kettles, veteran of Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is currently an instructor and member of the Fighter operational Test and Evaluation Flight (FOTEF) with more than 2700 hours in jets and more than1300 hours in CF 18 Hornets.

The support team has 17 members, including 3 women.

Kettle’s show included flypasts with the use of afterburners, tight turns and a very low and slow pass with “everything down”.


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