The Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Demo Team has announced its 2021 airshow schedule at the virtual ICAS Convention today.
Flying a CF-118A Hornet, the CF-18 Demo Team has encountered a turbulent few years. An ageing fleet, budget cuts and insufficient manpower has seen their show season cut back significantly in recent seasons, and the team’s traditional special paint scheme was scaled back in 2019.
The schedule is, once again, lighter than in the early 2010s, and there is no news yet on the team’s theme or paint scheme for the 2021 display season. A single US show features on the schedule, which will be supported remotely from Canada – perhaps indicating that the team is not confident they will be allowed to travel freely next season due to coronavirus restrictions.
Captain Dan Deluce, originally slated to be the CF-18 Demo Team pilot in 2020, will be flying the jet at airshows in 2021.
North American military airshow teams traditionally announce their schedules at the the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention, which is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.
CF-18 DEMO TEAM 2021 SCHEDULE
|Jun 5-6||Open date|
|Jun 12-13||North Bay Armed Forces Day||North Bay||Canada (ON)|
|Jun 19-20||Thunder of Niagara Open House||Niagara Falls||USA (NY)|
|Jun 26-27||Spectacle Aerien International de Bagotville||Bagotville||Canada (QC)|
|Jul 1||Canada Day flyover||Ottawa||Canada (QC)|
|Jul 17||Boundary Bay Airshow||Delta||Canada (BC)|
|Jul 24-25||Wings Over Springbank||Springbank||Canada (AB)|
|Jul 31-Aug 1||Lethbridge International Airshow||Lethbridge||Canada (AB)|
|Aug 6-8||Abbotsford International Airshow||Abbotsford||Canada (BC)|
|Aug 14-15||Vanderhoof International Airshow||Vanderhoof||Canada (BC)|
|Aug 21-22||Gander Airshow||Gander||Canada (NL)|
|Aug 28-29||Airshow London||London||Canada (ON)|
|Sep 2||Brantford Community Charity Airshow||Brantford||Canada (ON)|
|Sep 4-6||Canadian International Air Show||Toronto||Canada (ON)|
|Sep 8||Kingston Airshow||Kingston||Canada (ON)|
|Sep 11-12||Aero Gatineau-Ottawa||Gatineau||Canada (QC)|
|Sep 18-19||Volaria Aeronautics Festival||Mirabel||Canada (QC)|