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London Jet Noise - Part I
By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer
Watford, Ontario, Canada
The RCAF 2018 Demonstration Hornet was painted celebrating Canada's 150th birthday and was certainly a fine example of Canadian pride.
A full airshow has returned to the skies over London, Ontario for the second year with Airshow London 2017. Touted to be the largest selection of military and civilian jets in Canada for an airshow, the event certainly saw quite a mix of loud, jet-fuel burning aircraft and lived up to that statement.
The Royal Canadian Air Force operates 5 CC-177/C-17 Globemaster II aircraft, left, in support of the Canadian Forces, within Canada and around the world. The CF-188/CF-18 Hornet, right, continues to serve the RCAF despite its 30+ year old airframe.
The Royal Canadian Air Force attended with an assortment of aircraft including the CC-177 Globemaster, CT-115 Buffalo, CT-114 Tutor (Canadian Forces Snowbirds), CF-188 Hornet, the CT-155 Hawk and the CT-156 Harvard II. Some aircraft were part of the static line up of aircraft while others participated in the flying.
One of the most revered aircraft to serve the United States military is the A-10, left, supporting their ground forces wherever and whenever needed. The newest fighting aircraft in the US military is the F-35 Lightning II, serving with the USAF, the US Navy and US Marine Corps.
The United States military attended with aircraft from the US Air Force, US Navy and US Air National Guard including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-35 Lightning II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Warthog, E-6 Mercury, F-15 Eagle, KC-135, F-22 Raptor and the C-130 Hercules. As with the RCAF, some aircraft were strictly part of the static line up while others were also part of the flying line up.
The 2 oldest jet aircraft taking part in the airshow were the British designed & built de Havilland Vampire, left, and the Russian designed & built MiG-17, right.
Also flying in the airshow were Randy W. Ball in his beautifully restored MiG-17 and Jerry Conly in his de Havilland Vampire. These 2 vintage jet aircraft served their respective air forces very well during a time in aviation that saw great strides of development in the jet engine and in the aircraft themselves. Their pilots, Randy W. Ball and Jerry Conly, are both very experienced and put on wonderful displays, including Randy's twilight performance, showing off the exceedingly long flame that burned brightly out the back of the MiG-17.
The CF-18 Hornet still operates as the RCAFs front line fighter and is expected to do so for several years to come, despite their age.
Though the RCAF flies some of the oldest Hornets in the world, they are still Canada's current front line fighter. Despite their 30+ year old design and airframe, Canada's Hornets have received many upgrades, modernising the aircraft as much as is possible to ensure we maintain a presence in the skies over Canada as well as elsewhere in the world, when called upon. The CF-18 Hornet is due to be replaced however, at this point in time, the Canadian government and RCAF have not made a final decision on a suitable replacement.
The year 2017 is Canada's 150th birthday and the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Hornet was painted in honour of this celebration in stunningly bright Canadian red, piloted by Captain Matthew Kutryk.
Along with the CF-188/CF-18 Hornets that flew in regular military colours, the RCAF also displayed their 2017 Demonstration Hornet honouring Canada's 150 birthday with the "Canada 150" Hornet. Certainly one of the most colourful and, most certainly, patriotic Demonstration Hornets to date, the Canada 150 Hornet and its pilot, Capt Matthew "Glib" Kutryk, had eyes turning across Canada and the United States with this stunningly painted bird. The Demo Hornet Team should be extremely proud of the aircraft and all their hard work through 2017 to show off this fine example of Canadian pride!
The US Navy Demo Team F/A-18 Super Hornet crew put on a fine demonstration showing off the capabilities of their aircraft.
The US Navy Demo Team flew their Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet in the airshow, putting the F/A-18 through its paces, burning up the sky with lots of afterburner and noise. The crew of the Super Hornet showed off the many maneouvers used in both training and combat with the aircraft. The team flies in airshows all long the eastern seaboard of the United States and eastern shows in Canada, attending with two aircraft, typically a F/A-18C and F/A-18F.
The KC-135 Stratotanker is expected to serve the US military for another 15 to 20 years.
The USAF also had their big Boeing 717 KC-135 Stratotanker which flew in as part of the performing line up of aircraft. The Boeing 717 was derived from the Boeing 367-80 as was its sister aircraft, the civilian Boeing 707 airliner. However, and though it looks very similar to the 707, it has a narrower and shorter fuselage and is structurally different than the airliner version and was given the initial designation of 717. Despite their, roughly, 50+ years of age, the KC-135 could see operation with the US military into the 2040s with the various engine and other modifications that have been made to several of these military aircraft.
The US Navy E-6 Mercury has a very non-descript look to it
but serves in a specialized role with the US Navy's subs.
The US Navy also attended with their Boeing E-6 Mercury, a flying command post and communications centre flying as part of the National Command Authority conveying instructions to the US Navy's fleet of ballistic missile submarines through a mission referred to as TACAMO or Take Charge and Move Out. The E-6, using the Airborne Launch Control System, can remotely control the subs Minuteman ICBMs. The E-6 Mercury, as with the KC-135, are also a derivative of the Boeing 707.
The F-15 has proven to be one of the most effective modern day tactical jet fighters in the world with a kill ratio in combat of more than 100 to no losses.
The USAF also attended with, probably, their oldest serving fighter aircraft, the F-15 Eagle. The F-15 is an American designed all-weather, twin-engine tactical fighter that first entered into service with the USAF in 1976, almost 4 years after its first flight. Aside from the USAF, other air forces it's served with included those of Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia. The F-15 is still produced in different variants with production ending in 2022.
Next week will have us return to London to see more of the assorted aircraft that participated in the 2017 airshow such as the F-35 Lightning II.
Next week we'll return to Airshow London 2017 to have a look at some of the other aircraft that attended the airshow such as the F-16, F-22, F-35, CT-115 and more.
The RCAF CF-188/CF-18 Hornet turns toward the circuit for another "missed approach."

The US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet making a high speed
pass with the vapour showing topside.

One of the aircraft we'll look at next week is the A-10 "Warthog."

By Kevin Moore, Contributing Editor & Photographer
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