First Interim Fighter Jets Arrive in Cold Lake

A man wearing a military uniform and a yellow fluorescent vest waves to a grey jet fighter aircraft on the tarmac.
A member of the Royal Australian Air Force marshals the first F/A-18A Hornet from Australia into position after arriving at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, on February 16, 2019. PHOTO : Able Seaman Callum Rutherford, CK09-2019-0141-004

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On February 17, 2019, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) marked the arrival of the first two interim fighter aircraft, an important milestone and investment in sustaining our current CF-18 Hornet fleet.

Through Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure Engaged, the Government of Canada is ensuring we have the mission ready aircraft we need to meet our domestic and international obligations in advance of the arrival of jets to replace the entire CF-18 fleet.

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