Captain Adam “Manik” Runge is the 2014 CF-18 Air Demonstration Team Pilot. The Hanover, Ontario, native has over 800 hours on high-performance military aircraft and has logged missions around North America and over the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.
Currently a member of 409 “Nighthawks” Tactical Fighter Squadron at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, Capt Runge was introduced to aviation in the Air Cadet Program where he earned his Glider License at age 16 and his Private Pilot License at 17.
He joined the Canadian Forces in 2003 and attended the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) where he spent his summers as an instructor and tow pilot at the Central Region Gliding School in Trenton, Ontario. Capt Runge graduated from RMC in 2007 with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering degree.
After earning his pilot wings in the summer of 2009 at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Capt Runge trained on the CT-155 Hawk – the Royal Canadian Air Force’s lead-in jet training aircraft. By early 2010, he was flying the Hawk with 419 Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta.
Capt Runge reached his goal of becoming a fighter pilot in the summer of 2011 after completing the Fighter Pilot Course with 410 Squadron in Cold Lake, which led to his current post with the “Nighthawks”.
“Manik” credits many of his accomplishments to his family and makes a point of thanking his wife, Ashleigh, and son, Paul, for their support ahead of the 2014 air show season.