4 Wing Cold Lake is the busiest fighter base in Canada. It provides general purpose, multi-role, combat capable forces in support of domestic and international roles of Canada's Air Force. Home of fighter pilot training for the Canadian Forces, 4 Wing attracts Top Gun crews from all over the world to our annual air combat exercise, Maple Flag.
4 Wing Cold Lake is, without question, the home of the fighter pilot. It not only hosts Canada's world-class tactical fighter force training, but also deploys and supports fighter aircraft at a moments notice to fulfill the domestic and international roles of Canada's Air Force.
As an international Centre of Excellence for tactical fighter operations, deployable combat support and leading edge training, 4 Wing focuses on people, leadership, innovation and technology.
Two operational CF-18 Squadrons and two training squadrons, including Phase IV of NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC), and numerous premier support units, make 4 Wing Canada's largest and busiest fighter wing. As such, 4 Wing has some of the best and most sought after amenities in the world, including an almost unrestricted 1.17 million hectare air weapons range equipped with state-of-the-art threats and targets.
It is the vast array of support facilities and amenities that make Cold Lake exercises so attractive and successful including the annual Maple Flag Exercise, which draws international participation and continues to expand each year.
4 Wing will be a leader in providing mission-ready, combat-capable integrated air power to effectively support Canada’s security needs at home and abroad. In addition, 4 Wing will be recognized for its unwavering support to its members and their families; they are our foundation.
4 Wing will generate, deploy, employ and sustain mission-ready, combat-capable, integrated air power to support Canada’s security needs at home and abroad.
Welcome to Cold Lake.
I am extremely pleased that you are considering the exciting, world-class training opportunities offered by 4 Wing Cold Lake. This fighter-base, which is the largest and busiest fighter base in Canada, is a source of great pride for me, and I am sure the reasons why will become evident as you explore the material contained in this Tactical Training Opportunities for Coalition Partners information package.
4 Wing is an international centre of excellence for tactical fighter operations and training. With its vast expanses of open terrain and unrestricted airspace, its cutting-edge technology, its superior weapons ranges and target complexes, and its knowledgeable and experienced personnel, 4 Wing is ready to work with its international partners to achieve specific unit tactical training goals.
Many exceptional training opportunities exist at 4 Wing for Canada's friends and allies. With its proven expeditionary facilities, knowledgeable personnel, and location in a sparsely-populated area of Canada, 4 Wing is the ideal venue for expeditionary force training.
The fighter-base's reputation and experience with large-scale international air combat exercises such as Maple Flag makes the Wing the perfect venue for any type of tactical fighter pilot training. Exercise Maple Flag presents opportunities for the entire war fighting team to plan, coordinate and execute the coalition air campaign, including the application of the entire weapon system's team against defended targets and capable adversaries in a real-world scenario.
As fighter forces around the world embrace simulation, emulation, no-drop-bomb scoring, ADCTS, etc., venues such as the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) will continue to be vital to the development of coalition air operations.
The secret to 4 Wing Cold Lake's success continues to be commitment, dedication and teamwork underpinned by a burning desire to attain the highest possible level of excellence. I look forward to welcoming you to 4 Wing, and exploring with you the tactical training opportunities available at 4 Wing. I am confident these training opportunities will help maintain and develop allied interoperability and help make our militaries stronger fighting forces.
4 Wing Cold Lake
PO BOX 6550 STN FORCES
COLD LAKE AB T9M 2C6
Phone: (780) 840-8000 ext. 8121
Fax (780) 840-7300
All general or media enquiries, including all questions or suggestions regarding any section of the 4 Wing web site, can be addressed to the 4 Wing Public Affairs Officer.