Boeing CF-18 Hornets Celebrate 20th Service Anniversary in Canada
ST. LOUIS, May 22, 2002 -- A specially-painted Canadian F/A-18 Hornet, or CF-18, has made a special trip to St. Louis in honor of the aircraft's 20 years of service in the Canadian air force.
"The Hornet is an exceptional aircraft for warfighting and aerial demonstrations," said Capt. Doug Clements, one of the pilots assigned to the Canadian Forces Hornet demonstration team. "The CF-18s we fly perform as well today as they did 20 years ago. And when it comes to handling characteristics, the Hornet just can't be beat."
The demonstration team will participate in a total of 18 air shows across North America this year -- seven in the United States and 11 in Canada. U.S. shows are scheduled in Davenport, Iowa; Rochester, N.Y.; Cleveland, Ohio, and Salinas, Calif. Although the team is not performing in St. Louis, the aircraft will be displayed on the Boeing [NYSE: BA] flight ramp the morning of May 21.
The aircraft bears a yellow, black and orange paint scheme designed to make it resemble an actual hornet. The paint scheme also incorporates a tribute to people who died in terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
Canada was the first international customer for the F/A-18, and its fleet of 138 Hornets is the largest outside the United States. CF-18s operate out of Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Alberta, and Canadian Forces Base Bagotville.
The first CF-18B, a two-seat model of the Hornet, was delivered on Oct. 26, 1982, to Canadian Forces 410 Squadron at Cold Lake. The squadron has accumulated more than 100,000 flight hours and trained almost 60 pilots in CF-18s.
The Hornet was built by a nationwide industry team lead by Boeing. Boeing built the forward fuselage and wings, and conducted final assembly. Northrop Grumman was the principal airframe subcontractor, supplying the center and aft fuselage. General Electric produced the Hornet's engines, and Raytheon manufactured the radar.
The Boeing Company is the world's largest manufacturer of satellites, commercial jetliners and military aircraft. In terms of sales, Boeing is the largest exporter in the United States. Total company revenues for 2001 were $58 billion.
Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems designs, produces and provides follow-on support for fighters, bombers, transports, rotorcraft and weapons for the United States and its allies around the globe. As the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer, Boeing has delivered more than 130,000 military aircraft to the U.S. government and international customers. Among emerging businesses are unmanned systems, as well as military aircraft that are based on the company's renowned commercial airplanes.
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