MCDONNELL DOUGLAS CF-188A HORNET - 742 / 425 ALOUETTE TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON / ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE - RCAF - SBYS / QPS
Brazilian Air Force Academy - Field Fontenelle SBYP / QPS - Pirassununga - São Paulo - Brazil
425 ALOUETTE Tactical Fighter Squadron
425 Squadron formed up on 25 June 1942 in Yorkshire, England. Its designation as the "First French Canadian Squadron" and its lark emblem, "Les Alouettes", made it a special squadron and it accordingly adopted the motto "Je te plumerai" ("I shall pluck you"). 425 Squadron, flying Wellingtons, Halifaxes and Lancasters, carried out over 287 bombing raids and earned more than 190 decorations during World War Two.
Like many other squadrons, 425 was decommissioned at the end of the war. It was reactivated in 1954 at St-Hubert, Quebec, equipped with the CF-100, the last Canadian-designed and built fighter. Its new role was that of all-weather fighter interceptor within the North American Air Defence Command (NORAD). In 1961, 425 Squadron was re-equipped with the CF-101 Voodoo at Namao, Alberta.
425 Squadron Badge In July 1962, the Alouettes finally settled at the Bagotville base. Since then, the squadron has retained its fighter interceptor role in NORAD. A new era dawned in 1985 when it re-equipped with an ultra-modern aircraft, the CF-18 Hornet. 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron is an integral part of NORAD and of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In peacetime, the squadron's fighters provide continuous surveillance of the East Coast of Canada. In addition, it must be ready for rapid deployment anywhere in the world in support of NATO or contingency operations.
To fulfil their mission, the Alouettes have to maintain their skills in the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles. To achieve this, the Squadron participates in numerous deployments in addition to its routine training. In a typical year, the Alouettes deploy once to the Northwest Territories for NORAD exercises and take part in the contingency exercises such as Maple Flag at Cold Lake, Alberta. The Alouettes also participate in combined exercises with US Forces, such as Alouette Mobile, which is held annually at an American base.
Since summer 2005, the crews and aircraft of 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron, which were based at Bagotville, have been integrated with those of 425 Squadron, combining to form the sole fighter squadron in 3 Wing.
All the teams join together to ensure the smooth operation of the squadron. Squadron personnel support local flight training at Bagotville, maintain round-the-clock alert status and provide the support necessary for the numerous deployments of 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron.
Specifications - CF-18
Crew: 1 or 2
Length: 56 ft 0 in (17.07 m)
Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in with Sidewinders (12.31 m)
Height: 15 ft 4 in (4.66 m)
Wing area: 400 ft2 (37.16 m2)
Airfoil: NACA 65A005 mod root, 65A003.5 mod tip
Empty weight: 23049 lb (10455 kg)
Loaded weight: 37150 lb (16850 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 51550 lb (23400 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans, 16000 lbf (71.2 kN) each
Maximum speed: Mach 1.8 (1127 mph, 1814 km/h) at 36100 ft (11000 m)
Combat radius: 330 mi (290 nmi, 537 km) on hi-lo-lo-hi mission
Ferry range: 2070 mi (1800 nmi, 3330 km) (range without ordnance)
Service ceiling: 50000 ft (15000 m)
Rate of climb: 50000 ft/min (254 m/s)
Nine Weapon/ Store Stations (5 pylons: 1 Under Fuselage and 4 Wing Stations) (2 LAU 116 located on sides of fuselage: deploys AIM 7 Sparrow and AMRAAM Missiles)(2 LAU 7 located on the wing tips: Deploys AIM 9 Sidewinder Missile), carrying up to 13700 lb (6215 kg) of missiles, rockets, bombs, fuel tanks, and pods
1 × 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan internal gatling gun with 578 rounds, with a firing rate of 4000 or 6000 shots per minute
Air-to-air: AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-7 Sparrow
Air-to-ground: AGM-65 Maverick, CRV7 rockets
Bombs: Paveway, Mk 82, Mk 83, Mk 84, GBU-10, -12, -16 and -24 laser guided bombs.
Raytheon AN/APG-73 radar
BAE Systems AN/APX-111 IFF
Rockwell Collins AN/ARC-210 RT-1556/ARC VHF/UHF Radio
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems AN/AYK-14 XN-8 mission computer
Smiths Aerospace AN/AYQ-9 Stores Management System