“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.”

From http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/

Photo Credit: Cpl Krystal Wilson