The Royal Canadian Air Force has released details on its display commitments for the 2023 season. Once again headlining their airshow participation are the Snowbirds Demonstration Squadron flying their CT-114 Tutor aircraft.
The CF-18 Demo Team also returns for 2023, though with some significant changes to their display. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is presently undertaking a period of reconstitution to ensure long-term viability and readiness to meet Government of Canada priorities. To this end, the RCAF will reduce the number of CF-18 performances at Canadian air shows for the 2023 season to ten shows. The CF-18 demonstrations will consist of a mix of two separate types of shows: a tactical fighter support demonstration highlighting the CF-18’s ability to provide support to soldiers on combat operations and an aerobatic demonstration showcasing the CF-18’s wide range of capabilities. Both demonstrations will be flown with aircraft in an operational grey paint scheme.
Major-General Ian Huddleston, Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division outlined the reasons for the changes. “The decision to limit the number of CF-18 performances for the 2023 season was a difficult one, but it was taken so that our vital personnel and aviation resources can be directed toward supporting operations and ensuring readiness within the Fighter Force. Our ground-based recruitment and attractions team will be enhanced at Air Shows next year as we look to engage and inspire Canadians to join the RCAF at a critical time in our history. We will also look forward to the 2024 RCAF Centennial year for the next CF-18 Demonstration Team.”