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It’s one of the more anticipated acts of the air show.  As the CF-188 leaves the chocks, pulls out of the ramp area and taxis to the runway, heads turn to admire the jets’ magnificent paint scheme- a mural adorning both sides of the hornet, the entire top of the fuselage, both wings and tail.  The painted image commemorates the United Kingdom’s 75th Anniversary of “The Battle of Britain.”  As the fighter prepares for take-off, in the background, the audience hears those famous words uttered by Winston Churchill; “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.  The crowd is exuberant as CF-18 Demo Pilot Capt. Denis “Cheech” Beaulieu performs square loops, multiple high-speed passes and tight turns before propelling the jet skyward.  With safety the paramount concern, the demo accomplishes its goal of illustrating the aircraft’s capability and proficiency as well as the pilot’s ability and precision.

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The Untold Story – Hey that’s George!

That’s what I had said to my wife last year when I saw this CF-188 on the Internet.

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The 2015 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Aircraft comes in low into the Baie des Ha! Ha! on April 1st, 2015 near 3 Wing Bagotville, Saguenay, Qué. Image: LS Alex Roy, Atelier d’imagerie Bagotville. BN01-2015-0199-008

I could not believe my eyes.

George Nadon was finally getting some recognition after all. George never got a DFC.

I quickly went to visit the RCAF Website to find all the information I could get.

The tail murals highlight many key events and people related to that period of the air war. These include:

  • Sir Winston Churchill, British prime minister during the Second World War.
  • An aerial view of a German Heinkel He 111 bomber flying over the London dockyards.
  • Flight Lieutenant Gordon Roy MacGregor, a member of No. 1 Squadron, who earned the title “Ace” during the battle and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions against enemy aircraft.
  • A Canadian pilot.
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral, seen through the smoke of the London Blitz.
  • An iconic German fighter, the Messerschmitt Me 109.
  • A Spitfire.

A Canadian pilot!

That’s all!

I wrote the Webmaster to tell them who was the Canadian pilot. He never bothered to change the text.

Who was George Nadon?

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“Girlfriends and beer”
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George was interviewed back in the 1980s.

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277 sorties and no DFC!

I had to contact George’s family to tell them that their father’s picture was painted on the tail of a CF-188 with the Battle of Britain scheme.

I am so glad I did…

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CF-188 Battle of Britain scheme

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The 2015 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Aircraft comes in low into the Baie des Ha! Ha! on April 1st, 2015 near 3 Wing Bagotville, Saguenay, Qué. Image: LS Alex Roy, Atelier d’imagerie Bagotville. BN01-2015-0199-008

I had a Monogram F/A-18 Hornet in dire need of repair since the 1990s.

I have decided to delay building the Black Widow and paint my F/A-18 with an interesting scheme and tell the untold story behind it.

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