2018 Cold Lake Air Show Participants

In the Air

CF 18 Demo Team  confirmed  a
Snowbirds confirmed a
SkyHawks confirmed a
Ace Maker confirmed a
ACC F22 Demo Team confirmed a
C17 Flying Display pending ?
Rob Holland confirmed a
Bob Carlton confirmed a
Pete McLeod confirmed a
Smoke-n-Thunder confirmed a
US Navy Super Hornet Demo Team confirmed a
CF18 Hornet & CT155 Hawk Mass Attack confirmed a
USAF Heritage Flight Foundation confirmed a
Ken Hildebrandt confirmed a
DAMet FX Pyrotechnics confirmed a

F22F-22 Demo Team

For 2018 you will only have one opportunity to see the world's most advanced fighter jet in Canada, and that's at the Cold Lake Air Show!

The F-22 Raptor is the most sought after Fighter jet display in North America. The displays wows even the most seasoned fighter pilots in the crowd. Maj Paul "Loco" Lopez will display the incredible maneuverability of the Raptor as he puts the aircraft through a series of tail slides, rudder pedals turns, micro loops and moves that seem to defy all aerodynamic laws. With its 70,000 lbs of thrust, the F-22 Raptor display will fly from very low high alpha speeds to near supersonic. This aircraft literally beats the air to submission!

We are thrilled that the United States Air Force Air Combat Command has selected Cold Lake as the only Canadian appearance for the 2018 Cold Lake Air Show season.

The F-22 will be an integral part of our display as we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of NORAD.

cf 18 canada150CF-18 Demo Team

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Captain Stefan Porteousas the pilot for the 2017 CF-18 Demonstration Team.

Captain Stefan Porteous will wow audiences around North America during the 2018 air show season.

For the latest news and photos, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CF18Demo.

2018 Season Theme

The RCAF selects a theme for each year for its CF-18 air demonstration team and 2018 will feature the 60th Anniversary of NORAD.

Throughout the year, NORAD will hold several events aimed at highlighting the importance of honouring the past, guarding the present, and protecting the future.

NORAD is a combined, bi-national military command established by an agreement in 1958 between Canada and the United States to monitor and defend North America. NORAD is supported in Canada by the Canadian NORAD Region (CANR), headquartered in Winnipeg, Man., and the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS) at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario.  CANR maintains CF-18 aircraft on standby at 3 Wing and 4 Wing  along with CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refuellers operating from Winnipeg, in support of the NORAD mission.

"As the Commander of the Canadian NORAD Region, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the important NORAD mission and our important bi-national partnership through the 2018 National CF-18 Demonstration program,” said Major-General Christian Drouin, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region. “The men and women of NORAD work diligently to keep watch over our countries and to protect the air sovereignty of North America. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, no matter what - we have the watch."

 See http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/cf-18-demo-team/index.page for more information.


The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.

See http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/snowbirds/index.page for more information.

RobHollandRob Holland

The Cold Lake Air Show is excited to announce that Rob Holland, one of the most decorated aerobatic pilots in history, will take part in our show this summer. If you want to meet Rob and have the opportunity to see his incredibly aggressive aerobatic style, Cold Lake will be the only place in the prairies where you will have this opportunity.

  • Four-time, consecutive, World 4-minute Freestyle Champion*
  • Seven-time, consecutive, U.S. National Aerobatic Champion*
  • Eight-time, U.S. 4-minute Freestyle Champion*
  • 2015 World Air Games Freestyle Gold Medalist
  • 2012 Art Scholl Award for Showmanship Recipient
  • 2008 World Advanced Aerobatic Champion
  • Seven-time U.S. Aerobatic Team Member
  • 24 Medals in International Competition (11 Gold)

    *Only pilot in history to accomplish

PeteMcLeodPete McLeod

Pete McLeod emerged as one of the top Red Bull Air Race pilots in only his third year of competition in 2014, with three podiums including a career-first victory in Las Vegas. The Canadian pilot had already rewritten history in 2009, when he became the World Championship series' youngest pilot at age 25, and the Vegas triumph made him the youngest race winner at 30. One of the most popular aviation figures in Canada, McLeod thrilled his fans in 2017 by winning the DHL Fastest Lap award, which he claimed by taking the top spot in Qualifying on four occasions. McLeod is still waiting for his second win, but was so close in 2017. He had four podiums in the races including three second place finishes.

In the past, McLeod's all-or-nothing flying could see him on the podium or plagued with penalties, but since the 2016 season he has dialed in the fine balance between aggression and restraint. This lead to him claiming his first overall podium finish when he claimed third.

The Cold Lake Air Show is thrilled to announce that Pete will be part of our flying display in 2018. We know his aggressive aerobatic style will thrill everyone in the crowd.


The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team. For over 40 years, we have represented Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to over 75 million spectators worldwide under our signature Canadian flag parachutes.

Bringing our parachutes in close proximity to build formations in the sky, the team puts on a spectacular show. Performing these aerobatic parachute formations requires a high level of skill and courage; and is known as Canopy Relative Work.

Supported by the Canadian Army, the SkyHawks are based out of Trenton, Ontario, at the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre. There, they train alongside soldiers who help defend our territory and sovereignty through a wide variety of domestic and overseas missions. From both Regular and Reserve Forces, the team members are from various occupations of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and bring a wide range of experience to their performances.

It is with great pride that we continue to showcase the professionalism, dedication and teamwork it takes to be part of Canada’s military.

See http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/skyhawks/index.page for more information.

acemakerAce Maker

A native Californian, Gregory "Wired" Colyer took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 with Dr. Lee Schaller out of the Schellville airport in Sonoma, California. Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost 3 decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the US Army from 1982-1987.

Since leaving the service he has been employed by the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at Oakland ARTCC. His passion for the cockpit never left him as he continued to fly as a hobby, and an occasional airshow flying a Beech T-34 Mentor, until he imported a Russian L-29 Delfin Jet in 2003.

After flying with his friend Kay Eckhart, in one of Kay's Lockheed T-33s in 2007, Greg set his sights on an upgrade to the U.S. Air Force's first operational jet and a real piece of U.S. aviation history. Acquiring a T-33 and naming it Ace Maker in 2008, he then founding the nonprofit (501c-3) T-33 Heritage Foundation to help in the preservation of the type.

He holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single and multi-engine ratings, as well as being a Certified Flight Instructor. Greg is type rated in Aero Vodochody's L-29 Delfin, L-39 Albatros and the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. A level I Aerobatic low level card and FAST lead formation card round out his qualifications.

Greg stays in shape for flying high performance aircraft by competitive cycling with the Taleo cycling team and an occasional Ironman Triathlon.

Greg would like to acknowledge and give a very special thanks to ACE Wayne Handley and Randy Howell of the Patriot Jet team for their coaching, advice, and support.

See http://www.acemaker33.com/ for more information.

BobCarltonSaltoBob Carlton

Bob Carlton began flying in 1979 at the age of 19. He has since logged over 2000 hours in a wide variety of aircraft and holds a commercial pilot certificate. Bob has flown hang gliders, airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes from hundreds of sites in the US, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Bob has flown airshows professionally since 1993. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Laurie and their dogs, Ginger & Dewey. He is a member of SSA and ICAS.

Bob is one of the most versatile airshow performers in North America. He began flying airshows in his Salto sailplane, and over the years has continued to add innovative performances such as barnstormin' biplane aerobatics, helicopter sailplane tow, night aerobatics with strobes & pyro and the world's only twin jet sailplane. The tradition of innovation continues with the recent addition of the Super Salto jet sailplane, with more power, more speed and more aerobatic capability than any other sailplane on the planet!

Bob is the recipient of the 2017 Art Scholl Showmanship Award, 2015 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship and the 2015 Soaring Society of America's Chairman's Award.

Bob Carlton is a retired rocket scientist for a major national laboratory.

For this year's Air Show, Bob will be flying the Super Salto jet sailplane. There's nothing else like it in the world! With its military-grade 250 pound thrust jet engine, the Super Salto jet sailplane self-launches and performs both a classic sailplane aerial ballet and screamin' low-level jet aerobatics. No scheduling conflicts and valuable air show time wasted climbing to altitude. No time wasted hooking up a tow plane or taxiing clear after the performance.

Powered by the PBS TJ-100 jet engine, the highly modified Super Salto sailplane is the only sailplane on the air show circuit capable of performing a low-level, jet-powered air show performance. Utilizing its powerful jet engine, the Super Salto performs a high-speed aerobatic climb to altitude without a tow plane, followed by a spectacular exhibition of graceful sailplane aerobatics, choreographed to classical music, and featuring the world-famous Vertigo Airshows smoke. When the original altitude is spent, most sailplanes must land.

But not this sailplane! By simply spooling up the jet engine, the graceful sailplane is quickly transformed into a true low-level aerobatics machine. Accompanied by an ever-quickening musical score, the Super Salto cavorts at ground level with loops, rolls, hammerheads, spins and vertical penetration never dreamed of by a sailplane.

See https://www.vertigoairshows.com/ for more information.

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