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    Don't think they have many left.....


    A Canadian fighter jet crashed overnight in northern Alberta, but the pilot was able to eject safely, according to the Canadian Forces.

    Capt. Darren Blaikie was approaching CFB Cold Lake at about 11:45 p.m. when his CF-18 Hornet went down about 13 kilometres north of the base, said spokesman Lt. David Lavallee.

    "He was able to eject safely and was picked up by a helicopter that was dispatched by the base," said Lavallee.

    The pilot was taken to hospital but should be released soon, said Lavallee.

    The cause of the crash is unknown, but an investigation will be conducted by the director of flight safety.

    Cold Lake is about 300 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.
    “The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”

    Erwin


  • #2
    Very sad news... There goes another F-18 from Canada. Well we are getting F22 raptors now so they have one less to get rid off...
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    • #3
      Originally posted by C-FITL View Post
      Very sad news... There goes another F-18 from Canada. Well we are getting F22 raptors now so they have one less to get rid off...
      - Thats interesting, whats Canada doing to those aircraft??
      I thought (wrongly it seems) that the US wasn't going to sell any F-22s, thought you mob were getting 35s?

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      • #4
        I thought Canada was getting the Lightning

        Export ban, did that affect Canada, reading Wiki's Guide To Fighting Aircraft, I thought the RAAF was the only party "courting and sparking" for Raptors.
        Live, from a grassy knoll somewhere near you.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by guamainiac View Post
          I thought Canada was getting the Lightning

          Export ban, did that affect Canada, reading Wiki's Guide To Fighting Aircraft, I thought the RAAF was the only party "courting and sparking" for Raptors.
          - News to me! Coooool! Don't like our chances but..Coool....They want a base here in Australia, which we are umming and AAaaghing about...maybe we can use that as leverage?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Luka View Post
            - Thats interesting, whats Canada doing to those aircraft??
            I thought (wrongly it seems) that the US wasn't going to sell any F-22s, thought you mob were getting 35s?
            Very possible I mixed it up
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            • #7
              Canada is on the "friendly" list. I think its just Canadian wood the United States doesn't like!

              The Canadian government said Friday it plans to spend $9 billion to purchase a new generation of fighter jets, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
              Defence Minister Peter MacKay told a news conference in Ottawa that the jets would be purchased from Lockheed Martin, with the first one expected for delivery by 2016
              The contract, one of the biggest military equipment purchases in Canadian history, is worth $9 billion, but the full cost could rise to as much $18 billion once the government signs a maintenance contract.
              MacKay said the government would make further announcements on additional costs at a later date.
              The new jets would replace an aging fleet of CF-18s that recently underwent a $2.6-billion upgrade.
              "This aircraft is the best that we can provide our men and women in uniform, and this government is committed to giving them the very best," MacKay said at a news conference


              Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/...#ixzz15hi3WGXJ
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              • #8
                Originally posted by guamainiac View Post
                I thought Canada was getting the Lightning

                Export ban, did that affect Canada, reading Wiki's Guide To Fighting Aircraft, I thought the RAAF was the only party "courting and sparking" for Raptors.
                F-22 is not for export to any country as it stands now. There were some clowns pushing for the F-22 outside of the procurement chain, but DoD really wasn't interested. There was quite a bit of froth and bubble in the media with various talking heads spruiking the advantages of the F-22 (whilst blythly ignoring the fact that they could not be exported) - but no substance to the rumours.

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