McDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornet (18-8734)
The fabulously-schemed CF-18 Hornet (188734) of the Royal Canadian Air Force, painted to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation and piloted by RCAF Capt Matthew Kutryk, screams low over my spotting position while making the final pass of the RCAF Demonstration Team's 2017 performance season. This gorgeous CF-188 (Unit Assignment >> 4 Wing Cold Lake, C(anadian) F(orces) B(ase) Cold Lake ... CYOD*) enthralled the crowd at last week's Aviation Roundup Airshow at KMEV. During this pass, Capt Kutryk blistered across the sky wonderfully low, which made it possible for me to get this capture that shows every detail and title of the Red Maple special livery on the fuselage and tail of his fantastic Hornet. And, he was so low during this last pass of the RCAF Demonstration Team's 2017 season that (if the viewer looks closely in the cockpit directly behind Capt Kutryk) it is even possible to see the white stars of the huge American flag he unfurled and waved as he taxied his warbird back to its parking spot on the KMEV ramp.
* The RCAF announcer advised the crowd that this aircraft also uses CFB Bagotville (CYBG) as a home duty base. *
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