CF-18 Demonstration Team

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Stefan Porteousas the pilot for the 2017 CF-18 Demonstration Team.

Captain Stefan Porteous will wow audiences around North America during the 2018 air show season.

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2018 Season Theme

The RCAF selects a theme for each year for its CF-18 air demonstration team and 2018 will feature the 60th Anniversary of NORAD.

Throughout the year, NORAD will hold several events aimed at highlighting the importance of honouring the past, guarding the present, and protecting the future.

NORAD is a combined, bi-national military command established by an agreement in 1958 between Canada and the United States to monitor and defend North America. NORAD is supported in Canada by the Canadian NORAD Region (CANR), headquartered in Winnipeg, Man., and the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS) at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario.  CANR maintains CF-18 aircraft on standby at 3 Wing and 4 Wing  along with CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refuellers operating from Winnipeg, in support of the NORAD mission.

"As the Commander of the Canadian NORAD Region, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the important NORAD mission and our important bi-national partnership through the 2018 National CF-18 Demonstration program,” said Major-General Christian Drouin, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region. “The men and women of NORAD work diligently to keep watch over our countries and to protect the air sovereignty of North America. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, no matter what - we have the watch."


A montage of a red-painted fighter jet in flight and artist’s drawings of a bobsleigh sled and a skeleton sled painted in a design similar to the jet.

Olympic bobsleigh and skeleton sleds to carry RCAF-inspired design

Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton sleds will carry a design inspired by the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 2017 CF-18 Demonstration Hornet at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
January 24, 2018

Outdoors, a man wearing an olive green flying suit and holding a pilot’s helmet, kneels on the cement tarmac in front of a gray fighter jet.

RCAF announces pilot and theme for 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team

Captain Stefan Porteous will pilot the RCAF’s CF-18 Demo Hornet for the 2018 airshow season. This year, the fighter jet’s paint scheme will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
December 4, 2017

A jet aircraft flies toward and behind an old stone clock tower.

The RCAF and Canada Day 2017

Canada Day 150 turned into Canada Day One and Two as low cloud cover forced the postponement of the much-anticipated RCAF-led air show and flypasts to July 2; it was worth the wait.
July 14, 2017

A portrait photo of a man in a blue uniform.

Commander’s message to RCAF personnel: “You have a unique and vital role”

The commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, sent this message to members of the RCAF today on the occasion of “Air Force Day on Parliament Hill”.
May 9, 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

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1 Canadian Air Division Public Affairs