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CF-188/CF-18A
[F/A-18A]

CF-188/CF-18B
[F/A-18B]
Losses and Ejections

Date Air Force A'cft Unit - Serial

based

crashed crew photo seat fitted
   
12th April 1984
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188715
410 sqn
"Cougars"
Crashed at CFB Cold Lake during exercise Pilot Capt Gerald Craig "Gerry" Milligan killed   Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
4th June 1985
or
4th August

CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188737 
409 sqn
"Nighthawks"
Crashed during formation take off  at CFB Cold Lake Lt. Col. D.Kenny
[Flight leader] ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
24th May 1986
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188717 CFB Summerside Crashed in shallow water of Malpeque Bay following take-off Captain Tristan Pierre Renée Thérèse L. De Koninck
killed
  Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
4th May 1987
CAF
CF-18B 188919 1 CAG crashed after going into a tailspin during test flight near Renchen, Germany     Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
Capt. Dean Beselt
ejected safely
Capt. Ken Gerhards
ejected safely
Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S-1
   
   
21st September 1987
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188721
425
"Alouettes"

CFB Bagotville
crashed  at Bagotville.after left engine caught fire on take-off

The fuselage was still in use as a training aid in 2005

 Major Mike Stacey ejected safely   Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
20th October 1987
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
 188761 RAF Alconbury skidded into field and disintegrated after pilot tried to abort formation takeoff Capt. D. A. Friedt ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
FEEDBACK

 The crash at Alconbury on 20 October 1987 was serial 188761.  The aircraft was repaired and returned to service.  The same aircraft had the pilot eject during a ground loop at Yellowknife in June 2004, again it was repaired and returned to service.  (You won’t get me to ride in it!)

   
5th April 1988
early morning

CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188773
441 sqn
"Silver Foxes"
Crashed crashed in the Brooks Peninsula  into a mountain. He was  assisting a small fishing vessel locate itself near Brooks Peninsula  on Vancouver Island during SAR.

101 Squadron has erected an obelisk on the crash site
 

Capt Michael Richard "Mike" / "Lief" Erickson
killed
on impact.
  Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
11th January 1989
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188704
410 sqn
"Cougars"
crashed onto frozen Siebert lake, Alberta,  near CFB Cold Lake on airlift support mission Capt "Walter William "Wally" Niemi
killed
  Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
21st January 1990
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188726
441 sqn
"Silver Foxes"
crashed night mission -50C after takeoff from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, on a cruise-missile intercept exercise Capt Rich Corver   Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
4th April 1990
CAF
CF-18A
[
F-18] Hornet
188792
416 sqn
"Lynxes"
Crash on weapons test range on Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary. The aircraft hit trees on a low
level target egress and there was no ejection
Capt Pierre "Trotts" Trottier
killed
Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
FEEDBACK

Thanks for further details to
Brock Chisholm
416 Sqn pilot at the time
in email 28th April 2009

REQUEST

Brock would like to hear from anyone who may have photos of CF-18  #188792 in 416 Sqn marking. This was his assigned aircraft while on the Squadron, after leaving the squadron he realized that he never had a photo of his jet. Under canopy would have been printed   Capt "Brock" Chisholm.
Please contact this website if you can help with a photo.

   
   
17th April 1990
CAF
CF-18A Hornet 188779
439 Squadron
1st Canadian Air Division

CFB Baden-Soellingen
 mid-air crash  over Karlsruhe,
Germany
  Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
17th April 1990
CAF
CF-18A Hornet 188765 Capt. Reg Decoste
ejected  injured when landing on a busy autobahn

see notes 

Capt. Timothy Kirk Leuty
killed
Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
FEEDBACK
1
The 2 CF-18s that collided over Europe on 17 April 1990 were 188765 and 188779.  Both were from No. 439 Squadron, 1st Canadian Air Division.  Sorry, no information on fate of the crew.
FEEDBACK
2

Regarding the CF-18 mid-air crash on April 17th 1990 over Karlsruhe,
Germany:
The pilot of the second Hornet involved in the crash was Capt. Timothy Leuty (he flew 188765). He was killed during the crash, the cockpit
section was smashed by Capt. Decoste's aircraft wing in the collision.
Also, Capt. R. Decoste miraculously survived the landing with his parachute on a highway with heavy traffic. That highway was the so
called "Süd-Tangente" (Southern tangent - as it runs from west to east along the southern portion of the city) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

I haven't seen the crash with my own eyes, but I was just minutes later getting out of the car at the civil airfield of Karlsruhe (we had a
flying club there) and a double-seater CF-18 was circling over the city for at least half an hour shortly after the crash. Perhaps they were
trying to take photos from the aircrafts debris which was all over the place as the aircraft collided at an altitude of around 14000 feet,
though no one was hurt on the ground.

   
22nd April 1990
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188772
410 sqn
"Cougars"
also seen as
441 Sqdn. CFB Cold Lake
Crashed unexplained into Pacific Ocean from high altitude during exercise off Vancouver Island Pilot Capt Hollis Rutherford Tucker killed   Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
27th March 1994
CAF
CF-18B 188935   damaged     Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
21st April 1994
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188937   damaged     Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
3rd May 1994
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188784   repaired     Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
15th June 1995
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188713
441 sqn
"Silver Foxes"
crashed during training exercise nearANG Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls (US ANG Base), Oregon  Pilot Capt. Alex "Fuji" Day ejected safely

 

Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
5th July 1995
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188714 CFB Cold Lake  Crashed just east of Primrose Lake, inside the Cold Lake Weapons range (which extends into Saskatchewan) pilot Capt Richard Blair Gordon "Beetle" Bailey killed   Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
14th August 1996
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188768 3 Wing
Iqaluit, Nunavut
Crashed on takeoff  ejected safely   Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
20th November 1996
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188771 4 Wing damaged     Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
26th May 2003
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188732
416 sqn
"Lynxes"
Crashed on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range during the annual international training exercise MAPLE FLAG  

Kevin Naismith

Pilot Captain Kevin Naismith
killed

Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
see News Release from Canadian Forces (National Defence)
   
19th June 2004
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188761
410 sqn
"Cougars"
CFB Cold Lake
Unable to stop while at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Damaged  Ejects  sustained non-life threatening injuries   Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
FEEDBACK

There is a rather interesting story concerning ejections from Canadian CF-18s and I'm going to bet it's a one off in the entire World? Aircraft 188761, as you have listed on your site as having been ejected from successfully as "over Yellowknife" IN June 2004, was this is not quite the case. The Pilot actually ejected while the aircraft was still on the runway, the aircraft came to a stop by itself without over running the runway and actually had to be shut down by response crews. There was minimal damage and the aircraft was repaired, a new seat installed and put back in service. It is flying today.

If this was not enough, the fact that a single seat fighter was ejected from and was able to be repaired (wait for it) this is the second time that this has occurred to this particular aircraft. It was ejected from during an aborted take-off from a Base in England during the late eighties. The aircraft was extensively damaged in that accident and in fact was broken in two. The Pilot (who shall remain nameless) was not injured. Six years and countless dollars later MBB in Manching Germany put the aircraft back in service. I was there to watch it fly away (on a pair of Wings purchased from Australia and a "C" model nose section that was originally intended for a Spanish aircraft transplanted to an "A" model fuselage.)

What do you think about that?

Bob Fiander

in email 13th May 2008

   
28th June 2004
USMC
F/A-18C
Hornet
164269
DC-03

VMFA-122
Returning from taking part in NATO exercise.  Crashed due to Mechanical failure. Aircraft skidded off the runway and overturning following a 10-hour flight from Denmark.  Savannah, Georgia, USA Captain Derek Nichols

CAF exchange pilot with the U.S. Marines
Killed

                     
DND
 
   
13th January 2005
CAF
CF-18B
Hornet
 188933
410 sqn
"Cougars"
CFB Cold Lake
damaged     Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
ejects but injured

???

CREW DETAILS NEEDED Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S-1
Can anyone confirm that this was the same aircraft (188761) that was damaged on 19th June 2004 ??
The crash at Alconbury on 20 October 1987 was serial 188761.  The aircraft was repaired and returned to service.  The same aircraft had the pilot eject during a ground loop at Yellowknife in June 2004, again it was repaired and returned to service.  (You won’t get me to ride in it!)
 

Looking over your CF-18 pages again.  The only CF-18 accident I can find on 13 January 2005 was with 188933.  This aircraft is with No. 410 Squadron at Cold Lake, and was damaged in a landing incident at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma.  No report of an ejection.  Damage was Category D, which is generally repairable on site.  Pilot had diverted to Tinker while on a cross country after an engine warning light, touched down short and engaged approach end barrier cables at high speed.  These are the cables the aircraft would have used if it overran landing from the other direction.  Aircraft was seen in service at Cold Lake in 2006.  Hope that helps. 

R.W. (Bill) Walker
in email 28th May 2008

   
Tuesday 16th August 2005 08:40a.m.
CAF
CF-18A
Hornet
188745
425
"Alouettes" Tactical Fighter Squadron
CFB Bagotville
crashed during a training exercise 100 kilometers North-East of  3 Wing Bagotville, Northern Quebec, Canada Captain Colin Marks
ejected safely
  Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
Departed controlled flight during Basic Fighter Manoeuvres training, entered flat spin.  Pilot ejected, picked up by Griffon of 439 Squadron.  Spin believed to have resulted from exceeding angle of attack limits with asymmetrical wing fuel load.  Accident report recommended improved training and software modifications for high angle of attack maneuvering.
   
28th September 2006
CAF
CF-18B 188931
409 sqn
"Nighthawks"

??????

      Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
    Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S-1
   
Wednesday 3rd October 2007
CAF
CF-18   Cold
Lake, Alta
One of the engines failed. Emergency landing Wednesday at
Winnipeg International Airport. It was cheduled to make a stop to refuel in Winnipeg while en route to the military base in Bagotville, Que.
Jet landed safely
Normal exit   Martin-Baker Mk.CDN10S
   
Thursday 8th April 2010
CAF
CF-188B
Hornet
  410 Sqn Damaged      
   
Saturday 23rd July 2010
CAF
CF-188
Hornet
188738 425sqn
CFB
Cold Lake

photo used with permission

Crashed during a training run for the Alberta International Airshow at at Alberta's Lethbridge Airport

Captain Brian Bews
ejected
sustained injuries
Martin-Baker

Ejection initiated with the aircraft at 90 degrees to the ground at low level. Canopy being ejected as part if sequence

Note that the pilot is ejecting horizontal to the ground while the wings of the aircraft are perpendicular to the ground, which is about two seconds below

Then comes the amazing change in direction for the ejection seat and pilot! Note how the directional control on the ejection seat rockets has automatically changed the pilot’s trajectory and attitude so that he is climbing away from the fireball that is about to happen. His drogue chute is also visibly deployed.

Pilot on deployed parachute at low level

Thanks to Barrett Tillman for providing the detail of the ejection sequence

   
   
 

FEEDBACK

 

I enjoyed my visit to your webpage and have a couple of tidbits you might want to use to update your CF-18 portion:

- 20 Oct 87, the CF-18A that went off the runway was; this was its first ejection seat episode

- 13 Jan 05, the damaged CF-18B at Cold Lake couldn't have been 188761.  Not sure which one it was.

Cheers,

Steve Sauvé
Ottawa

in email 28th March 2008 

 

Just looked through your pages for the first time in awhile, and I see you have been busy.  Here is a little bit of extra info on the CF-18 losses.

 The pilot of 188715 was G. Milligan.  I don’t have a rank.  This was the first CF-18 loss.

188737 crashed on 4 June 1985.

 188721 crashed at Bagotville.  The fuselage was still in use as a training aid in 2005.

 The crash at Alconbury on 20 October 1987 was serial 188761.  The aircraft was repaired and returned to service.  The same aircraft had the pilot eject during a ground loop at Yellowknife in June 2004, again it was repaired and returned to service.  (You won’t get me to ride in it!)

 188704 came down near Seibert Lake, Alberta, which is very close to CFB Cold Lake.

 188765 and 188779 crashed near Karlsruhe, Germany.

 The pilot of 188713 was Capt. Alex Day.  The aircraft crashed shortly after take off from ANG Kingsley Field, at Klamath Falls.

 188714 came down just east of Primrose Lake, inside the Cold Lake Weapons range (which extends into Saskatchewan).

 The crash on 16 August 2005 was 188745.  Departed controlled flight during Basic Fighter Manoeuvres training, entered flat spin.  Pilot ejected, picked up by Griffon of 439 Squadron.  Spin believed to have resulted from exceeding angle of attack limits with asymmetrical wing fuel load.  Accident report recommended improved training and software modifications for high angle of attack manoeuvring.

 The crash on 28 September 2006 was 188931.  Preliminary accident report at http://www.forceaerienne.forces.gc.ca/dfs/docs/Epi/CF188931_e.asp

 Hope this helps!

R.W. (Bill) Walker

 
17 April 1990. The killed pilot was called Kirk Leuty; he was not known as Tim or Timothy. He was a friend of mine. RIP.
13 Jan 2005 – I don’t know if there was a crash then, but if it was a two-seater, the tail number had to be 1889xx; all two-seat CF-18s are in the 900-series, not the 700-series (single seaters only).
The pilot of 188745, 16 August 2005, was Captain Colin Marks. The DND press release can be found here: http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/3w-3e/nr-sp/index-eng.asp?id=843
There was a crash and successful ejection on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at Lethbridge Alberta. The pilot was Capt Brian Bews. The seat was the new CF-18 seat with the stabilizing drogue, which saved his life, due to its righting effect on the seat as the rocket fired. He ejected with the aircraft diving almost vertically, probably about 100’ above ground level. He sustained back injuries, but after a period of several months, was back flying. Aircraft tail number 738, the airshow bird from that summer. Cause of crash was left engine failure during an airshow practice, at slow speed and low altitude (high alpha pass).
Dan McWilliams

 

           Ejection Seats

 

 
                                                                                                                                             photo Martin-Baker  
 

The Martin-Baker Model Mk.10L shown above is similar to the Ejection Seats fitted to Canadian CF-18 Aircraft.
 

Designations given to Canadian F-18 Ejection Seats
                                             Martin-Baker Model Mk.
CDN10S (Front)
                                             Martin-Baker Model Mk.CDN10S-1 (Rear)

                          

                                                                                                                      


 

News Release

Cause of CF-18 Pilot's Death Released

NR 03/005 - June 11, 2003

OTTAWA -- Air Force Flight Safety Investigators have released preliminary findings into the cause of death of the pilot involved in the May 26 crash of a CF-18 in Cold Lake, Alberta.

The team has so far determined that a combination of high speed, low altitude, escape system design and adverse motion of the aircraft at the time of ejection, exerted forces on Captain Kevin Naismith's body that caused a fatal trauma.

"An unfortunate combination of factors caused this pilot's death," said the Flight Safety Investigator in Charge, Major Jim Armour. "We've never seen an ejection in the CF-18 under conditions as challenging as these." At the time of his ejection, Captain Naismith's aircraft was out of control, at high speed and at a relatively low altitude, all factors that significantly increase the degree of risk to a pilot during an ejection.

The CF-18's ejection system has been in use since the aircraft's introduction into service in 1982. There have been a total of nine ejections from the CF-18 over its 21 years in service and all eight previous ejections were successful, with a limited number of minor injuries. The parachute harness used in the CF-18 maintains a good track record in similarly-equipped fighters in use by nations such as Britain, Spain, Australia, France, Israel, Switzerland and Finland.

"As Commander of the Air Force, I have full confidence in the CF-18 and its ejection system and, based on feedback I've received from our operational squadrons, so do the majority of our pilots," said LGen Lloyd Campbell, Chief of the Air Staff in Ottawa. "That said, we'll be doing everything we can to determine whether there are measures we can take to mitigate risks for our pilots and, if there are, we'll take them."

To date, a number of short-term measures have already been undertaken. "We've had our squadrons review strap-in procedures and also stressed to our pilots the importance of doing everything they can to decrease ejection risks by gaining altitude, reducing speed and doing everything possible to ensure proper body position before ejection," said MGen Marc Dumais, Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division. "That said, risk always exists, particularly in out of control situations."

The Air Force is currently conducting a complete analysis of the ejection seat and harness combination to determine what occurred in this ejection and whether any technical enhancements could be made to the CF-18's escape system. This effort will aim, in particular, at determining whether risks can be further reduced and the system enhanced for ejections under adverse conditions of flight.

There has been no determination as to the exact cause of the CF-18 crash on May 26. The investigation is ongoing.

    Source: DND/CF News

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