This year’s Royal Canadian Air Force Demonstration CF-18 Hornet is painted in a colour scheme celebrating the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada, and honours the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Armed Forces. Painted red and white, Canada’s traditional colours, the aircraft has the official logo for Canada 150, comprising a series of diamonds arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf placed throughout the design.
Four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Additional diamonds extend out from the base to create nine more points and symbolise Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. The timespan of confederation is shown on the left wing with 1867, the year of confederation, and 2017, the 150th anniversary year. The right wing bears Canada 150.