Canada’s NORAD 60 CF-18


Looking resplendent in its bright blue, white, red, and grey paint scheme, Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18A Hornet 188776 was unveiled to the public at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta on April 3. The scheme has been applied to the aircraft to mark the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Originally established on May 12, 1958, NORAD is a bi-national organization between Canada and the United States tasked with aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America. The aircraft’s paint scheme was applied by a team at 1 Air Maintenance Squadron under the direction of designers Captain Jeff Chester and Jim Beliveau. CF-18A 188776 is this year’s Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Team’s jet which will be flown at displays in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States by Captain Stefan Porteous. Photo Royal Canadian Air Force