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Unread post18 Feb 2019, 02:03

First two Australian F-18s for the RCAF arrive in Cold Lake – here are the photos
17 Feb 2019 David Pugliese

"...The first two aircraft are the F/A-18A model, which means they are single seat aircraft. The aircraft were flown to Cold Lake, Alberta, from Nellis, Nevada, where they were participating in Exercise RED FLAG. The aircraft will be employed at 3 Wing Bagotville and 4 Wing Cold Lake. The jets arrived on Saturday and an official welcome ceremony was held Sunday.

Deliveries of the Australian jets will continue at regular intervals for the next three years, and aircraft will be integrated into the CF-18 fleet as modifications are completed, according to the RCAF. The final aircraft are expected to arrive by the end of 2021...."

Source: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national ... the-photos
RAN FAA A4G Skyhawk 1970s: https://www.faaaa.asn.au/spazsinbad-a4g/ AND https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqC_s6gcCVvG7NOge3qfAQ/
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Unread post18 Feb 2019, 02:10

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RAN FAA A4G Skyhawk 1970s: https://www.faaaa.asn.au/spazsinbad-a4g/ AND https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqC_s6gcCVvG7NOge3qfAQ/
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Unread post18 Feb 2019, 09:16

Sweet,,,They will be able to do vintage displays at airshows now. It's great to see planes of yesteryear flying around.
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Unread post19 Feb 2019, 03:57

optimist wrote:Sweet,,,They will be able to do vintage displays at airshows now. It's great to see planes of yesteryear flying around.


We got another fifty years of flying a obsolete aircraft in front of us.
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Unread post19 Feb 2019, 12:54

Here I am thinking of transfering to RCAF and fly cool jets...I guess Ill stay infantry :bang:
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Unread post19 Feb 2019, 15:11

So Canada is sending all 6 of its jets?

Maybe they can mount a few as gate guards, just for Red Flag?
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Unread post19 Feb 2019, 19:29

Well, let's look at the "bright side":
- The RCAF will be a the perfect Agressor force to model a 3rd world country of the present or near future
May have some use for its allies afterall... :roll:
A 4th/4.5th gen fighter aircraft stands about as much chance against a F-35 as a guns-only Sabre has against a Viper.
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Unread post20 Feb 2019, 13:12

Brilliant move by Trudeau, he just keeps upping the stupid factor.

It will get his countrymen killed, but he saved face. Way to go, boy wonder!
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Unread post20 Feb 2019, 23:11

Well you know, the enemy can't kill your people if you don't call them your enemy. *head tap*
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Unread post21 Feb 2019, 02:48

Wait these Bugs are 'A' models???????????? Couldnt even spring for some used C's?????????? What in the actual...?
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Unread post21 Feb 2019, 02:51

firebase99 wrote:Wait these Bugs are 'A' models???????????? Couldnt even spring for some used C's?????????? What in the actual...?

Well, at least they don't stand out next to the Canadian clunkers. They can buy two decades younger Finnish C/D's with only 3-4.5k hours on the meter if they are still making a choice around 2023 (delivery 2025-). Imagine how long they could fly for Canada with a center barrel & wing replacement. At least 10 of RAAF Hornets have undergone such procedure, RCAF Hornets surely have similar work done on them as well.
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Unread post21 Feb 2019, 03:04

magitsu wrote:
firebase99 wrote:Wait these Bugs are 'A' models???????????? Couldnt even spring for some used C's?????????? What in the actual...?

Well, at least they don't stand out next to the Canadian clunkers. They can buy two decades younger Finnish C/D's with only 3-4.5k hours on the meter if they are still making a choice around 2023 (delivery 2025-). Imagine how long they could fly for Canada with a center barrel & wing replacement. At least 10 of RAAF Hornets have undergone such procedure.


LOL, maybe Germany has some Phantoms left they can unload in a fire sale?
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Unread post21 Feb 2019, 03:52

What would induce apoplexy? F-15X
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Unread post21 Feb 2019, 12:59

firebase99 wrote:Wait these Bugs are 'A' models???????????? Couldnt even spring for some used C's?????????? What in the actual...?


If Canada goes to war with A's and they fare well, what are the repercussions? It might mean legislators in the US start demanding we raid the boneyard, and go "retro". If McCain were still around, I swear he'd run with the idea...
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Unread post22 Feb 2019, 01:39

IIRC existing Canadian F/A-18's are A's upgraded to C standard ("A++") so I imagine this isn't as scandalous as it sounds? It might actually be more convenient for them as they would already have the conversion parts.
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