Exercise Maple Flag


Exercise Maple Flag is an international air combat exercise held annually at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta.

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51

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 1,500 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel in participant or supporting roles, along with hundreds of personnel from six allied and partner nations along with multiple aircraft.

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51 is an opportunity to prepare participants for present and future conflicts. The Exercise offers Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) elements the opportunity to ‘Fly in Formation’ with their RCAF and International counterparts and provides a venue to advance Air-Land Integration initiatives with land and Special Forces units from Belgium and Norway.

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51 will include operations in areas such as command and control; air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry; air-to-air refueling; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and close air support, all in an unrestricted, tailored environment.

As of February 22, 2018

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Participating RCAF aircraft

  • CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft
  • CC-130J Hercules transport aircraft
  • CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refueling aircraft

Participating International and Partner aircraft

  • United States Air Force B-52 Boeing Stratofortress
  • United States Air Force F-16 Falcon fighter aircraft
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia IDS Tornados
  • Australia F-18 Hornet fighter aircraft
  • Belgian Air Command F-16 Falcon fighter aircraft
  • Peruvian Air Force M-2000 Mirage
  • Discovery Air Defence Services Dornier Alpha Jet

Participating International Ground Forces

  • Belgian Army Pathfinders
  • Norwegian 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

Exercise Maple Flag 50

Exercise Maple Flag 50 will take place at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, from May 29 to June 23, 2017, aiming to prepare both the Royal Canadian Air Force and international aircrew, maintenance and support personnel for the rigours of operations in the modern aerial battlespace.
May 23, 2017

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