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Patrouille de France's 60th Anniversary airshow

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Here are some photos from Base Aerienne 701 in Salon-de-Provence, where this sunday the Patrouille de France celebrated its 60th anniversary.


Base Aerienne 701, where the Patrouille is based, hosts the École de l'Air, the French Air Force Academy.



Static display:

Dassault Rafale



Dassault Mirage 2000C



Dassault Mirage 2000N



Dassault Mirage F1



Fouga Magister with an Air France DC-3 in the background



There was quite a strong wind



During the morning the display line was backlit, so not many good photos...

Eurocopter EC-725 Caracal during a fast-rope insertion







Red Arrows, Frecce Tricolori and Patrouille de France's leaders



Team Iskry and Patrouille Suisse in formation with Patrouille de France's camera ship



Royal Air Force's Red Arrows flyng BAe Hawks





Belgian Air Force's Red Devils flying SIAI-Marchetti SF-260s



Fouga Magister



And then the afternoon's displays, now with the sun behind the public!

A glider of the Academy



Ramex Delta flying Mirage 2000Ns



An airshow without afterburners is not worth living for





Polish Air Force's Team Iskry flyng PZL TS-11 Iskras





Spanish Air Force's Patrulla Aguila flyng CASA C-101 Aviojets

















Belgian Air Force's F-16 solo:







Equipe de Voltige de l'Armèe de l'Air's Extra 300



Airbus A400M Grizzly



Swiss Air Force's Patrouille Suisse flying Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs

This formation is called Toblerone due to its triangular shape (I don't know if you have Toblerone across the pond, in case you don't it's a brand of Swiss chocolate famous for its triangular shape)



The usual display team draws the national flag with smoke.

Not the Swiss one.

They draw the flag's + with the aircraft themselves!



Italian Air Force's Frecce Tricolori flying Aermacchi MB.339s



This maneuver is named lomçevak (Czech for "drunk man"... I think). The MB.339 is the only jet aircraft that can perform this maneuver.





French Air Force's Dassault Rafale.





And finally the Patrouille de France flying Dassalut-Breguet Alpha Jets








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Nice to see some proper airshow photos instead of the rubbage we have been left with over here in the US.


Glad Europe came out to celebrate in style for the 60th Anniversary of the French team.


Thank you for sharing.



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