If you live in the central and southern parts of Vancouver Island, you might want to look up at the sky at some point on Sunday.
That’s because the Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 Demonstration Team — a CF-188 Hornet fighter jet — will be conducting a flypast over lower Vancouver Island on July 18 as part of Operation Inspiration, which honours the efforts of frontline workers amid the pandemic.
Piloted by Capt. Dan Deluce, the fighter aircraft is expected to fly over Nanaimo at around 1:15 p.m. Sunday, before making its way northwest towards Tofino. It will then head south along the west shore, eventually landing at Victoria International Airport.
As part of Operation Inspiration, the CF-18 will fly over Nanaimo Regional Hospital, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria General Hospital as a way to honour the efforts made by frontline workers throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The aircraft will fly over the area at an altitude no lower than 1000 feet above the highest obstacle on their route, and the public can expect the accompanying jet noise,” the Canadian Armed Forces said in a press release.
The announcement comes a day after the CF-18, along with the Snowbirds, flew over parts of the Lower Mainland.
Hey Vancouver Island. The CF-18 demo jet is headed your way tomorrow!
Captain Dan Deluce will begin the planned route at approximately 1:15 p.m. starting over Nanaimo. The CF-18 will fly northwest towards Tofino then down along the west shore and land at #YYJ pic.twitter.com/479FJmRnpl
— CF-18 Demo Team (@CF18Demo) July 17, 2021