4 Wing to celebrate 97th birthday of RCAF with flypast

From Grande Prairie Daily – link to source story

Kelly-Anne Riess  •  Mar 28, 2021

Military personnel guide a CF-18 Hornet into position at the CFB Cold Lake, in Cold Lake, Alberta on Tuesday October 21, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Military personnel guide a CF-18 Hornet into position at the CFB Cold Lake, in Cold Lake, Alberta on Tuesday October 21, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

To celebrate the 97th year of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 4 Wing Cold Lake will be doing a flypast over the City of Cold Lake on Apr. 1, if the weather permits.

At 11 a.m., the plan is that a formation of 12 CF-18 Hornets and six CT-155 Hawks will fly over Kinosoo beach from north to south. The aircraft will then regroup and fly over the city from east to west.

ACH-146 Griffon will also be participating in the flypast.

The aircraft will be at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest obstacle over ground level.

With COVID-19 restrictions, Cold Lake residents are encouraged to follow Alberta’s recommendations on outdoor gatherings and watch the flypast from their homes.

In addition to marking the 97th birthday, 4 Wing is also using the flypast to demonstrate its readiness to support its NORAD mandate, and to acknowledge the sacrifices that Cold Lake citizens have made during the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year.