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#5314 Royal Canadian Air Force - McDonnell-Douglas CF-188A (188776)

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McDonnell-Douglas CF-188A Hornet (188776 / 776) from the Royal Canadian Air Force at the RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)

The McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet (official military designation CF-188) is a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter aircraft, based on the American McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet fighter. In 1980, the F/A-18 was selected as the winner of the New Fighter Aircraft Project competition, and a production order was awarded. Canada eventually received its full initial order of 138 CF-188 Hornets, as they are officially designated in Royal Canadian Air Force parlance, consisting of 98 single-seat CF-188A and 40 two-seater CF-188B units, completed in part at McDonnell Douglas facilities in Canada (which were built/retooled as part of the fighter procurement deal). By the end of production, however, 138 models were built. Interestingly enough, the Canadian government only ordered two changes to the new fighters that would set them apart from their United States Navy/Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet counterparts. They decided to keep all of the features the Hornet possessed that allowed them to execute naval operations, including the tailhook, folding wings and reinforced landing gear. These two changes included a spotlight, mounted on the left side of the nose, and a "false canopy" painted underneath the fuselage of the aircraft.

The 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is reflected in the livery of this year's demo jet, CF-188 serial 188776. The aircraft was presented in its new scheme on 3 April 2018. It includes elements of the NORAD logo, with the sword, maple leaf and star worn on the tail. The Hornet's flaps received the NORAD motto: "We Have the Watch / Nous Montons La Garde". The scheme was designed by Capt Jeff Chester, with creative consultant Jim Belliveau, and painting was carried out by airframe structures technicians from 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta.

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.
The 2018 Air Tattoo will reflect the 100th anniversary of the RAF with a commemoration
and celebration of a century of service to the United Kingdom and its allies.

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