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The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has released the design concept for the 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team.
This year’s demonstration aircraft will feature a paint scheme that commemorates 60 years of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Designed by Capt Jeff Chester, with Jim Belliveau as creative consultant, the paint scheme incorporates elements of the NORAD logo.
They include lightning bolts, a north-pointing sword, the globe, and stylized wings that evoke both the Northern Lights and radar sweeps.
“Taken together, the motif is undeniably symbolic of NORAD’s ongoing commitment to the protection and defence of North American airspace, and the RCAF’s role in guaranteeing Canadian sovereignty,” said the RCAF in a statement.
The CF-18 Demonstration Team will captivate audiences across Canada and the United States this spring and summer, with Capt Stefan Porteousas as its pilot.
A list of scheduled performances is available here.