Welcome to Exercise Maple Flag

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51

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Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51 will take place between June 11 and 22, 2018, welcoming air and ground crews as well as support personnel from across Canada and around the world.

This year’s exercise will bring together more than 1500 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel in participant or supporting roles, along with hundreds of personnel from allied and partner nations along with multiple aircraft.

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51 is an opportunity for participants to operate in a large scale operational environment. The Exercise offers Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) elements the opportunity to ‘Fly in Formation’ with their RCAF and International counterparts.

The Exercise will include operations in areas such as

  • command and control
  • air-to-air and air-to-surface tactics and weapons employment
  • air-to-air refuelling on a large scale

The exercise owes much of its success to the existence of the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, which features a diverse number of targets, a significant volume of airspace and an unrestricted environment.

Participating RCAF aircraft (as of March 23, 2018)

  • CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft
  • CC-130J Hercules transport aircraft
  • CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refuelling aircraft
  • CC-150T Polaris air-to-air refuelling aircraft

Participating international aircraft (as of March 20, 2018)

  • United States Navy (USN) F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter aircraft
  • United States Navy (USN) F/A-18G Super Hornet electronic warfare aircraft
  • United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft
  • United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft
  • French Air Force (FAF) E-3F Sentry AWACS
  • Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) IDS Tornado fighter aircraft
  • Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft
  • Belgian Air Component (BAC) F-16AM Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft
  • Top Aces Dornier Alpha Jet advanced trainer aircraft
  • Brazilian Air Force (FAB) C-130H Hercules transport aircraft
  • Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) C-130J Hercules transport aircraft
  • Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) C-17A Globemaster transport aircraft

Participating international ground forces (as of March 20, 2018)

  • Belgian Land Component (BLC) Pathfinders
  • Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) Ground Control Intercept Controllers
  • United States Marine Corp (USMC) Ground Control Intercept Controllers


A fighter jet rests on the tarmac

RCAF concludes Exercise Maple Flag 50

Exercise Maple Flag 50, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest and most complex international training event of the year, concluded June 23, 2017, at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta
June 26, 2017

A large, gray military aircraft in flight a few metres above the tarmac.

France’s newest tactical aircraft participates in Exercise Maple Flag 50

L’Équipe de Marque Avion de Transport Tactique (EM ATT), France’s tactical transport aircraft trials team, came to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, during Exercise Maple Flag 50, to test and evaluate their new Airbus A400M Atlas.
June 26, 2017

A woman in a green flight suit leans over a person with a bandaged eye and shines a light in the person’s other eye.

An innovative approach to medical care at Exercise Maple Flag 50

Health services is taking an innovative approach to training for real-life deployments as well as providing medical care for Exercise Maple Flag participants by setting up a field medical unit.
June 23, 2017

A man in green T-shirt and a black cap slices tomatoes.

The inner workings of an international exercise

Wing logistics keeps Exercise Maple Flag participants fed, moving, housed, fueled, and much much more.
June 14, 2017

Men and women in disruptive pattern uniforms work at computer stations in a control room.

42 Radar Squadron works with U.S. Marines during Exercise Maple Flag 50

42 Radar Squadron’s air battle managers team up with U.S. tactical air defense controller marines to provide continuous support during Maple Flag 50, and to strengthen interoperability between the RCAF and the USMC.
June 12, 2017

an explosion

CAF members and US Marines combine forces during Exercise Maple Flag 50

Master Corporal Hogan and Lance Corporal Zachary Hooper, a combat engineer with MWSS-473, initiated the time fuse and everyone retreated to a safe position. Exactly four minutes and 59 seconds later a satisfying blast echoed through the area.
June 5, 2017

A fighter aircraft flies across the blue sky

Royal Canadian Air Force hosts Exercise Maple Flag 50

Now into its fiftieth iteration, Exercise Maple Flag, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest and most complex international training event of the year, begins this week at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta.
May 29, 2017