I didnt really think this was going to eventuate as seemed a play in the industrial dispute between Canada and Boeing. Good for the ADF as a sale to someone else likely would cause issues with the tech transfer, but the US has to approve anyway. Hopefully F35 transition goes smoothly or we wont be able to let go of the Classics.
The Canadians have given ex A21-53 a right royal refresh. A new if somewhat colder lease of life. New coat of paint and the faux canopy added. A21-55 still yet to be Canuked at back. Pic Rcaf official. Canada gov twitter page.
French I think. He is talking about the fake canopy painted on the underside of the fuselage opposite the cockpit on RCAF Hornets. Supposed to confuse a visual enemy as to the correct orientation of the aircraft.
According to the Friends of RAAF Classic Hornet FB page a Canadian C-17 arrived yesterday at Williamtown to pick up another Hornet. Been quite some time since the first 2 were flown in and these have now received the RCAF mods, a new lick of paint, Skippy off and maple leaf on and are operational birds.
Pic of the crews ahead of 2 Operational Conversion Unit's final F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet flight under the Unit’s banner on 11 Dec 19. They flew around the regions in the "2" formation.
The RAAF F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet platform is planned to be withdrawn from service in Dec 2021; and is currently being replaced by the F-35A Lighting II. On the same day (11 Dec 2019) 7 F35s arrived from the US bringing the Aus based fleet to 11.
Over the new f35 base at Williamtown
Images ADF officail
Last Edit: Dec 12, 2019 12:19:56 GMT 12 by mcmaster