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CF-18 Hornets wow onlookers in Vancouver during NORAD training

Two CF-18 Hornets both wowed and startled Vancouverites as they flew over the city for a training exercise on Tuesday afternoon.

Fighter jets from Cold Lake, Alta., were completing routine training

A CF-18 Hornet pictured in Cold Lake, Alta., in 2014. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

Two CF-18 Hornets wowed and startled Vancouverites on Tuesday afternoon as the fighter jets flew over the city for a training exercise.

The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed in a statement the aircraft flew from Cold Lake, Alta., to Comox, B.C., as a part of routine training with NORAD, the North American Air Defense Command.

The forces said the fighter jets completed airborne testing of radios over Vancouver to support the Canadian Air Defence Sector, and that the training activities ensure the region is prepared to respond to threats and emergencies.

The aircraft followed all speed and altitude restrictions, according to the statement.

The sights and sounds of the fighter jets over Vancouver prompted speculation and jokes alike.