CF-188 Hornet


The CF-188 Hornet, commonly called the CF-18, is a multi-role fighter aircraft. It is used for air defence, air superiority, ground attack, tactical support, training, aerobatic demonstration, and aerospace testing and evaluation.

The Hornet is a fast, light and manoeuvrable aircraft. Because of its power, speed and target-tracking capabilities, it has had great success in many military operations in Canada and around the world.

Length 17.07 m
Wingspan 12.31 m
Height 4.66 m
Empty weight 10,455 kg
Maximum standard thrust per engine 4,850 kg
Maximum afterburner thrust per engine 7,290 kg
Maximum speed Mach 1.8
Range 3,700 km
  • Bagotville, Que.
  • Cold Lake, Alta.
This aircraft is used for
  • Fighter
  • Air demonstration



Man cleaning an aircraft

No Ordinary Paint Job: The CF-188 Hornet

When you want to paint a Canadian Armed Forces fighter aircraft, however, you need something that can survive speeds in excess of two-thousand, two hundred kilometres per-hour (or Mach 1.8).
August 13, 2021

A man and a woman examine a tool in an aviation workshop.

A dynamic career in the RCAF

Cpl Kirandeep Braich, an Aviation Technician with 1 Air Maintenance Squadron, based at 4 Wing Cold Lake, says that being part of the CAF comes with many challenges and opportunities that are not only rewarding, but also make you grow as a person.
March 12, 2021


CF188762 Hornet - From the Investigator

On 9 November 2020, a CF188’s ejection seat waist restraints were found disconnected after shutdown from an aborted mission. The investigation is focused primarily on procedures and training standards for both technicians and pilots, as well as Human Factors.  
February 15, 2021

Two men wearing green flight suits and masks hold a certificate together.

Move over Maverick! Canadian Pilot graduates TOPGUN program

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Captain Chris ‘LIME’ Swartz graduated from the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School - Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, more commonly known as TOPGUN.
December 21, 2020

The RCAF roundel

RCAF CF-18 Hornets on Operation REASSURANCE intercept Russian aircraft near Romanian Airspace

Two Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from Operation REASSURANCE’s Air Task Force Romania intercepted a Russian SU-27 Flanker operating near Romanian airspace over the Black Sea on September 23, 2020.
September 25, 2020

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