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409 Tactical
Fighter Squadron

"Midnight is our noon"

Recruitment is Closed

409 Tactical Fighter Squadron "Nighthawks" is a unit of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The squadron operates the CF-18 Hornet from CFB Cold Lake in Alberta, Canada.
In vTF-77, They are part of a wing that flies the F/A-18C and is currently commanded by LCol "Stormy" Christian (CO) and LCol "ColdKutz" Dafoe (XO)


Available Slots and Requirements

Slots Available

  • 16 Full-Time F\A-18 Pilots - Closed

    • Minimum of 50% attendance

    • 409 RCAF members may also dual-qualify on any other airframe. 

  • RESERVE SLOTS - Closed

    • Members who cannot make 50% of our Tuesday/Thursday training nights may be transferred to Active RESERVE status. Reserve pilots are always welcome to continue flying with the Squadron and the TF. 


Membership Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 

  • Regular attendance to Tuesday and Thursday training nights at 2000 PST

    • Life comes first. If you are unable to attend for any reason, all we ask is you notify your squadron leadership via the Leave of Absence channel. You will never be penalized for missing a night if you put in a LoA

  • Willingness to self-study, read provided materials, and schedule times with Instructor Pilots  

  • Fortitude to sit through dad jokes, adult humor, and assorted shenanigans

  • Hands-on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS)

  • Head-tracking solution OR a Virtual Reality headset

  • Ability to use Discord and SRS (or at least willingness to learn)

  • Ownership of the Syria and Persian Gulf maps and the F18C Module.

    • NTTR Map is recommended

    • Free Module T-45C is recommended as it stands in for the CT-155 for some training events.

    • The Supercarrier Module is optional but not required.

  • (Recommended) 25+ Hours in DCS World or other simulator OR Real-World flight experience​

Apply to the Squadron

If you meet these requirements, use the following link to join our Discord and use the command "/apply" and follow the in chat prompts to fill out an application.

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