McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornet
@Sacramento Mather Airport, Sacramento, CA
This year’s California Capital Airshow highlighted an appearance from our Northern neighbors. For the 2016 season, the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 demonstration aircraft sports a paint scheme commemorating the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP). The striking yellow wings are the color of the primary aircraft used during the program, a black fuselage signifying the “darkest days” of World War II, and a red line for the “life line” of Canadian people towards the war effort. In 1980, the F/A-18 was selected as the winner of the New Fighter Aircraft Project competition, and a production order was awarded. The Royal Canadian Air Force began receiving the CF-188 in 1982 and operates 138 Hornets. Nikon D500 w/80-400mm, processed with Aperture.