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Old 04-12-2015, 09:13 AM   #51
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This may be a stupid question but shouldn't the designation be identical on both sides of the [CF-18] airframe? I reads H-YO on the starboard side and YO-H on the port or is it a NATO/OTAN type thing?

I have emailed those who know. No answer yet.

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This may be a stupid question but shouldn't the designation be identical on both sides of the [CF-18] airframe? I reads H-YO on the starboard side and YO-H on the port or is it a NATO/OTAN type thing?
I believe this is likely a nod to the fact that the CF-18 belongs to 425 "Alouette" Squadron which during the War was a No.6 Group RCAF Bomber Squadron equipped with Wellingtons, Halifaxes, and later Lancaster Xs. You'll notice that on the CF-18's leading edge extensions that they have painted 425 Squadron's Motto "Je Te Plumerai" or "I will pluck you".

While I believe that No.1 RCAF Squadron's Hurricanes had their Squadron and Individual aircraft codes applied to read from left to right - in the case of the Wellington the Squadron Code was always aft.

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Below 425 Squadron RCAF Wellington showing the Squadron Code "KW" and the Aircraft Code "E"


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Just got this via email. Seems like a couple of the dates overlap with the CF-18 being in town. How about a CF-18, Lanc, Spit, Hurricane formation shot?

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At Abbotsford this year, the BoB CF-18, a Hawker Hurricane, and a Supermarine Spitfire will all be flying. I expect to see a BoB formation heritage flight.
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In my eyes this will be a definitive buy, realy amazing CF-18 paint scheme
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Would be a nice pairing with this one.
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Flight Lieutant James Nicolson was a pilot with No.249 Squadron when on August 16, 1940 he was flying "GNA" on an operational sortie near Southampton when he was fired on by a Messerschmitt Bf.110. Enemy fire injured him in one eye and badly wounded his left foot. At the same time his engine was hit and the petrol tank set alight. As he struggled to bail out from the burning aircraft another Bf.110 flew in front of him. Fighting to get back control of his blazing Hurricane he pressed the gun button and saw his bullets strike the German plane. After seeing the enemy aircraft crash into the ground, Nicolson successfully bailed out. On his descent, painfully injured, he had the bad luck to be fired on by members of the Home Guard; fortunately their accuracy was not as good as the young Flight Lieutenant's! On November 15, 1940, it was announced that Flt.Lt. Nicolson had been awarded the Victoria Cross for "Conspicuous gallantry and disregard for his own life." He was later promoted and sent out to fly in both India and Burma. By May 1945 he was now a Wing Commander but alas lost his life in a flying accident in the Bay of Bengal. His Victoria Cross can be seen at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, England.

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Battle of Britain 75 – Pt.2 – Commemorative special scheme Eurofighter Typhoon breaks cover | GAR
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While I do overall like the livery, I don't see too much point to it... seems kinda, I dunno, cheese?

Is the roundel correct for what the RCAF used in WWII?
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While I do overall like the livery, I don't see too much point to it... seems kinda, I dunno, cheese?

Is the roundel correct for what the RCAF used in WWII?
The purpose of the Special colour scheme is to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Canada's contribution to the Battle of Britain.

This contribution comprised of the Hurricane equipped No.1 RCAF Squadron and Douglas Bader's No. 242 RAF (all Canadian) Squadron.

The CF-18 paint scheme is to represent the colours worn by Hurricanes at the time (including eight painted gun ports on the wing leading edges). The Roundel on top of the wings with the maple leaf is not accurate but is artistically pleasing in my opinion.

Twenty three Canadians were killed in the Battle - Lest we forget their sacrifice.

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The purpose of the Special colour scheme is to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Canada's contribution to the Battle of Britain.

This contribution comprised of the Hurricane equipped No.1 RCAF Squadron and Douglas Bader's No. 242 RAF (all Canadian) Squadron.

The CF-18 paint scheme is to represent the colours worn by Hurricanes at the time (including eight painted gun ports on the wing leading edges). The Roundel on top of the wings with the maple leaf is not accurate but is artistically pleasing in my opinion.

Twenty three Canadians were killed in the Battle - Lest we forget their sacrifice.

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Sorry, I should have better phrased what I meant. I fully understand the significance, but I would rather have actual commemorative fully restored squad of Hurricanes rather than a "re-branded" modern fighter jet. Yes, I know the Brits already did it with a Typhoon.
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Sorry, I should have better phrased what I meant. I fully understand the significance, but I would rather have actual commemorative fully restored squad of Hurricanes rather than a "re-branded" modern fighter jet. Yes, I know the Brits already did it with a Typhoon.
The point is to remind people that the reason we are here now (flying the CF-18 in a free country) is because they were there - flying Hurricanes and Spits and fighting for our future.
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The point is to remind people that the reason we are here now (flying the CF-18 in a free country) is because they were there - flying Hurricanes and Spits and fighting for our future.
Well stated. This is what the modern Canadian Air Force is doing to commemorate it. Other organizations will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle in their own way, including flying warbirds alongside the CF-18, according to previous posts.
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Some new photos have begun to appear on Hazer's Flight Line website.

The CF-18 Demo Team is working up in Comox presently.


http://www.hazersflightline.com/2015demo.htm

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Denis also has a neat Go Pro video of him practicing the flat show looking aft from the glare shield on his FB page.




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Old 05-30-2015, 11:28 PM   #66
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Saw the CF-18 demo in Rhode Island today. It looks even better in person and even better in flight. Whoever has a connection with Hobby Master please help make it happen! :-) it's one of the coolest planes I've ever seen!
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Decals have been produced. Here is a plastic kit version.

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