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CF-18 Hornet (1980)

CF-18 Hornet in flightThe CF-18 Hornet is among the most modern fighter jets, providing Canada with air defense, air superiority, training and tactical support. It is used on missions with the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Between 1982 and 1988, Canada obtained 118 CF-18 Hornets. These aircraft are based at No. 3 Wing in Bagotville, Quebec, and at No. 4 Wing in Cold Lake, Alberta.

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has used CF-18s in all of their major missions. Twenty-four RCAF Hornets participated in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, flying 5,700 hours in about 2,700 patrol missions protecting Canadian naval forces. CF-18 Hornet in flight

From March to June 1999, Canadians provided 18 CF-18 Hornets to Task Force Aviano, working in the former Yugoslavia to force the government of Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw its armed forces from Kosovo. The Canadians flew 678 missions using air-to-ground and air-to-air precision guided munitions, as well as unguided "iron bombs." This was the first time a conflict was won with the use of air power alone.

The CF-18 is used regularly since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 defending Canadian air space from any similar assaults.


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