Armour Collection B11E640 RCAF McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet Strike Fighter - No. 425 Squadron, CFB Bagotville, Canada [Low Vis Scheme] (1:48 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The F/A-18 Hornet is the true multi-role aircraft. It can vault from a carrier deck, bomb a target and stay to dogfight even the best enemy aircraft without missing a beat. It's the Navy's first modern-era jet intended for double duty against air- and ground-based adversaries. Armed to the hilt with Sparrow and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, an internal cannon, and laser-guided bombs, this modern warbird was an outstanding performer in Operation Desert Storm. Strapped into a digital cockpit described as a cross between Star Wars and a video game, pilots of the F/A-18 Hornet take on the ultimate aviation job: blasting this single-seat, high-performance jet off the deck of a carrier, dropping bombs, and firing air-to-ground ordnance. Offering unmatched agility, the Hornet is the choice aircraft of the US Navy's elite Blue Angels aerobatic team.
Pictured here is a limited edition 1:48 scale replica of a CF-18 Hornet strike highter flown by Canada's No. 425 Squadron, deployed to CFB Bagotville, Canada.
Historical Account: Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, commonly referred to as CFB Bagotville, is a Canadian Forces Base located 4.5 NM (8.3 km; 5.2 mi) west of Bagotville in the city of Saguenay, Quebec. It is operated as an air force base by Canadian Forces Air Command and is one of two bases in the country using the CF-18 Hornet fighter/interceptor. Its primary lodger unit is 3 Wing.
CFB Bagotville's airfield is also used by civilian aircraft, with civilian operations at the base referring to the facility as Bagotville Airport. The airport is classified as an airport of entry by NAV CANADA and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA officers at this airport currently can handle general aviation aircraft only, with no more than 15 passengers.
On February 1st, 1968 the RCAF merged with the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army to form the Canadian Forces; RCAF Station Bagotville changed its name to Canadian Forces Base Bagotville. Later that year 410 squadron formed at CFB Bagotville to provide training. In September 1969, 433 "Porc-Épic" squadron was transferred to Bagotville flying the CF-116 Freedom Fighter. In 1982, 410 squadron moved to CFB Cold Lake and was replaced by 434 "Bluenose" squadron.
On July 1st, 1984, 425 squadron changed from the CF-101 Voodoo to the CF-188 Hornet. On July 9th, 1985, 434 squadron moved to CFB Chatham. In 1986, 433 squadron ceased operations to restructure and reactivated in January 1988 equipped with the CF-188 Hornet.
On April 1st, 1993, CFB Bagotville became home to 3 Wing, which administers all Air Command units on base. The same day 439 "Tiger" squadron was reformed from elements of the existing Base Flight Bagotville, flying the CT-133 Silver Star and CH-118 Huey. The CT-133 fleet was retired in 2001 and in 1996 439 squadron's four CH-118s were replaced by three CH-146 Griffons. In July 1996, the base helped locals during the Saguenay Flood. On March 1st, 1999, 12 Radar Squadron was formed at CFB Bagotville to provide tactical control of fighter/interceptor aircraft; it replaced a radar station at RCAF Station Mont Apica which was closed.