Two days of airshow, with many planes and 15 kilometers from home, that’s great !!
But rain the first day was not great… Luckily, it was not during two days.
The saturday 5th and sundy 6th Julay meeting was commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first bombing mission. This mission was made on August 14th 1914, by lieutenant Cesari and Capotal Pruhommeau, with their Farman MF-7 planes. The objective was airships hangar in Frescaty, near Metz.
For more informations about this mission, you can go to Armée de l’Air 80th birthday website (in French)
BA133 was chosen for the meeting, because it’s the home of ground attack squadrons. Created in 1915, it’s one of the oldest French airbase. It’s also one of the biggest.
BA133 squadrons are 1/3 “Navarre”, 2/3 “Champagne”, 3/3 “Ardennes” et 2/7 “Argonne”, all flying with Mirage 2000D.
Navare, Champagne and Ardennes squadrons missions is conventional ground attack, and Argonne is the Mirage 2000D transformation squadron.
For more informations about airbase hostory, you can go to the airbase website
Bad day… Weather is poor, as we can see on the Rafale parked in front of the way to the tarmac, and there are so many clouds that it’s impossible to fly…
But this bad weather doesn’t stop Patrouille de France landing.
Some aircrafts can fly when there is no rain, like a two Flamants patrol and the Caracal
Each time that ceiling is a bit higher, a plane go to the taxiway and prepare for takeoff, but Flight Director must stop it and the aircraft must go back to park…
Austrian Saab 105 pilot, waiting for takeoff clearance or disappointed for not flying, has decided to perform a “very very bad weather” demo, and did round trips on the taxiway !
I have to go when the ceiling is going higher, but I can come back tomorrow. Those who stays in the airbase can see Patrouille de France “bad weather” show and all Solo Displays.
Sunny sunday (but sometime with a little bit rain….)
Back to airbase on sunday morning. Because I was here the day before, there is no need to shot ground aircrafts, but I think to shot some of them without water on my lens latrer, and I know where I can go to be in a good spot ! I came for the opening, in 10 am, and I stayed in my spot until 6 pm, along the taxiway and close to VIP 🙂
The weather was better than the day before, and all aircrafts will fly today. The skies are clear, let start with warbirds. Showtime !
After OV-10 Bronco flight, another plane who can’t fly yesterday is taking off, the Austrian Saab 105.
Next, Mirage 2000D patrol, “Couteaux Charlie”. The rain is back, but ceiling is high, we can see that Mirage 2000D is a all-weather fighter-bomber.
The sun is coming after rain, and will shine for all the remaining time. Now everything is going on ! Mustang and Spitfire replica, PC-7, Netherlands F-16 Solo Display, Cessna 195, P-51D Mustang, a real one, Yak-11…
Air patrols are flying too, with “Cartouche Doré”, Blegians “Red Devils”, civilian patrol Patrouille Reva, and the Patrouille de France.
There is something new with Belgians demo, the F-16 Solo Display joins “Red Devils” for their final and start his show immediately. Yes, thiere were two F-16 flying !
Llike in Great Britain, Patrouille de France is no more the airshow final and some planes have not flying yet. It’s time for Rafale, Caracal, Equipe de Voltige de l’Armée de l’Air (EVAA, French Air Force Aerobatics Team) Extra 330 and Typhoon.
EVAA has won two 2014 Team and Individual Aerobatics Word Championships.
Mirage F1 Final show
This airshow is the last one for the Mirage F1. Two of the 5 last Mirage F1CR, in a patrol called “Carol Hotel” will display the last tactical demo flight. As you can see in the following photos, those F1 have specials painting, like 70’s Mirage F1C and 80’s Africa camo.
Mirage F1 final flight was for 14 July military parade, but we enjoyed the Mirage F1 Final show here, in BA133.
Of course, there are a lot of photos, and the best ones are in the following Flickr set