Welcome to Exercise Maple Flag

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

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51 is an opportunity for participants to train in an 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 plethora of targets, suitable for both inert and live ordinance and an impressive volume of airspace that provides an unrestricted training environment.

Participating RCAF aircraft (as of May 31, 2018)

Participating international aircraft (as of May 31, 2018)

  • Belgian Air Component (BAC) F-16AM Fighting Falcon “Viper” fighter aircraft
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (NAEW&CF) E-3A AWACS
  • Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft
  • Top Aces Alpha Jet advanced trainer aircraft
  • United States Navy (USN) EA-18G Super Hornet “Growler” electronic warfare aircraft
  • United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft

Participating international ground forces (as of May 31, 2018)

  • United States Marine Corps (USMC) Ground Control Intercept Controllers

Information: Site content

Information contained on this website is subject to change with short notice, for questions or to confirm the latest information please contact Exercise MAPLE FLAG Public Affairs.

News

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RCAF hosts Exercise Maple Flag 51

Exercise Maple Flag, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest and most complex international training event of the year, begins next week in Cold Lake, Alberta. Taking place from June 11 to 22, Exercise Maple Flag 51 will bring together nearly 1,200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel in participant or supporting roles, along with 540 personnel from allied nations along with multiple aircraft types.
June 8, 2018

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Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 51 will take place at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, from June 11 to 22, 2018, 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.
June 8, 2018

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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

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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

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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