|The CF-18 Demonstration Jet is unveiled during a ceremony at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, on 5 April, 2016. Image by: Cpl Bryan Carter, 4 Wing Imaging, CK04-2016-0278-002|
[Avionics Today 04-11-2016] The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has unveiled the CF-18 Demonstration Jet for its 2016 season. The ceremony took place at 4 Wing Cold, Alberta, where the jet was painted over the past few weeks, and was attended by the Wing Commander, officials from the City of Cold Lake and the Town of Bonnyville, and Capt. Ryan Kean who will be flying the jet
The specially painted CF-18 Hornet features a tribute paint job designed by veteran design director, Jim Belliveau. The paint job commemorates the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), which ran from 1939 to 1945, and the 75th anniversary of the establishment of RCAF's 400-series squadrons.
"It is always a privilege for 4 Wing to be entrusted with the responsibility to design and prepare the Demonstration CF-18 which allows the Royal Canadian Air Force to connect with thousands of Canadians and present them with proud moments of our heritage. This year again, Mr. Jim Belliveau has demonstrated incredible talent in capturing an idea as complex as the British Commonwealth Air Training Program,” said Colonel Eric Kenny, Commander at 4 Wing Cold Lake. “Mr. Belliveau and our technicians outdid themselves bringing to life Jim's idea. This jet will be for all to enjoy because of the hard work and commitment of our 4 Wing members."