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First overseas participation: the Canadian Hornet is heading to Mošnov

26.02.2021, 13:06

After last year's absence, Canada and its Royal Air Force are returning to NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days. Even with its third participation, it will offer visitors the opportunity to see the CF-188 Hornet fighter.

Canada has presented itself at NATO Days twice, in 2017 and 2019, when it presented its version to visitors of the well-known F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. Canada has now promised the aircraft for this year's event as well.


F/A-18 Hornet

"Although it will be presented for the third time, we still perceive Canada's participation as unique, not only due to logistical obstacles stemming from the distance between our states, Canadian aircraft very rarely participate in European public events," comments Zbyněk Pavlačík, chairman of Jagello 2000. "We are all very pleased that it is symbolically at NATO Days that the strong transatlantic link between Canada and European allies is demonstrated in this way."

The CF-188 is a special Canadian version of the American F/A-18 Hornet. These were created at the end of the 1970s, primarily as multi-purpose aircraft for aircraft carriers of the US Navy, thanks to their qualities it is also used by the air forces of other states.

The Canadian version of the Hornet is characterized, among other things, by the so-called "fake cockpit", which is painted from below the fuselage, which is supposed to confuse the enemy in air combat. The Canadian Air Force deployed these aircraft during interventions in Libya or the fight against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, CF-188 also participated in non-combat missions in Europe to protect the airspace of the Baltics and Romania.

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