The Liberal government under Justin Trudeau has been unfairly maligned for mishandling the replacement of Canada’s 40-year-old legacy Hornets. Instead, the CF-18 replacement has been craftily managed to get the best possible deal for Canada in virtually every aspect. Except it isn’t true.
Finland has announced it will purchase 64 F-35s to replace again F-18C fighters beating Saab Gripen E and other 4th Gen fighters in the most comprehensive fighter competition to date.
It has been more than a decade of the Canadian fighter procurement fiasco which has shown this nation’s inability to procure a new jet to replace the ones I started flying nearly 40 years ago.
“Je me souviens” means “I remember”. One of the key issues that haunts Boeing in Canada is the trade dispute filed against the Bombardier C-Series airliner back in 2016 just as Bombardier had secured its US launch customer.
For many of us, the road we follow is deliberate but sometimes three forces play into life’s outcomes: luck, choice, or fate. This is likely truer in aviation than in other vocations, at least if you stay long enough. And that is certainly the case with me and a foreign object damage event during early testing of the F-16F.