CF-18 Demonstration Team

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Brian Kilroy as the pilot for the 2019 CF-18 Demonstration Team.

Captain Kilroy will wow audiences across Canada during the 2019 air show season.

2019 Season Theme

“To the stars…”

Based on the RCAF’s motto Sic Itur Ad Astra (Latin for “such is the pathway to the stars”), the 2019 CF-18 Demonstration team will celebrate the history of the RCAF, recognize the innovative and driven Canadians who have led the charge for change and stand ready to inspire a new generation to take up the flame of innovation and help shape the RCAF’s pathway to the stars.

Canada has a proud history at the forefront of innovation and aviation. Throughout the country’s 152 year history, Canadians have tirelessly looked further than the horizon in their ambition to prove what is possible. It is this drive and desire that has enabled Canadians to reach the very limits of human experience, up to and including space.

Made up of forward-thinking Canadians, the RCAF strives to be an innovative organization keen on being at the forefront of cultural and technological advances. Whether it’s using cutting edge technology to keep Canadians and our allies’ safe, or fighting for human rights on the international stage, the RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are unafraid to lead the charge for change.

The 2019 CF-18 Demo theme celebrates the journey that led not only to a modern RCAF but the key cultural and technological innovations that led us to the stars.


The 2019 season also provides an opportunity to highlight the RCAF’s operational role within NATO, a cornerstone of Canada’s international security policy, as it celebrates its 70th anniversary.

 “The 2019 CF-18 Demonstration Team theme is an opportunity for the Royal Canadian Air Force to reflect on the innovations and people that have contributed to our success while challenging ourselves and the next generation to help us shape the future of our organization for the better,” said Major-General Christian Drouin, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region. “I am very proud of what the RCAF has accomplished in the last 95 years but I can’t wait to see where the next few decades take us.”


Under a blue sky, a young man wearing a dark blue flight suit and cap stands on the wing of a fighter aircraft with a decoratively painted tail and gives a thumbs-up.

Salmon Arm cadet has experiences of a lifetime

Cadet Warrant Officer First Class Nicholas Lourens, from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, is spending the summer of 2019 learning to fly.
August 22, 2019

Several aircraft flying in a fan-shaped formation fly above the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill.

RCAF to conduct flybys as part of Canada Day 2019 celebrations

RCAF aircraft will take to the skies on Canada Day, conducting flybys in communities across the country.
June 28, 2019

A man wearing flying gear stands in front of a fighter aircraft.

RCAF announces pilot for 2019 CF-18 Demonstration Team

Captain Brian Kilroy will be the 2019 Demo Hornet pilot, and his specially painted aircraft will celebrate the RCAF’s pathway to the stars and the 70th anniversary of NATO.  
December 4, 2018

CF18 Demonstration Team Crest

2016 CF18 Demonstration Team

Video of the 2016 CF18 Demonstration Team
March 17, 2017

Contact information

For booking Canadian Armed Forces aircraft to participate in your community's air show or special event and for questions about the CF-18 Demonstration Team

Please visit the Event Booking page or contact:

1 Canadian Air Division Special Events
Phone: 204-833-2500 ext. 5228

For Public Affairs or media questions

Please contact:

1 Canadian Air Division Public Affairs