Text and photos : Serge Van Heertum & Marc Arys - S.B.A.P.©
If there was to be a faboulous air show of the French Armée de l'Air it was undoubted the one at the Evreux airbase. Indeed, the programming of the USAF Thunderbirds was the highlight of this years' show, which attracted thousands of spectators to the gate of Normandie.
The airbase of Evreux is dedicated to transport with the 64 Escadre. The units on this base are ET 01.64 Bearn (C160R Transall), ET 02.64 Anjou (C160R Transall) and GAM 00.056 Vaucluse (DHC6-300 Twin Otter and AS 532UL). The gate guard being a splendid and antique Breguet 2 Ponts.
The enticing static show, with the new generation fighters Rafale and Typhoon, included also many ancient airplanes. What a nostalgia tyo see the DC-3, B-17, P-51 D and other old grey birds. Not to forget the transport and support planes of the USAF Thunderbirds.
In short, everything was present to provide a show with splendor and quality, but this was without counting on the messy weather coming in from the south-west giving us low clouds and quite some rainshowers... the organisers even cancelled some parts of the flying display, including the flying of our Belgian air component pilots. The Fouga and F-16 were grounded and were not able to demonstrate their mastery.
At the end of the after-noon, the weather cleared out and the Thunderbirds flew their show. Followed by the Mirage 2000 and finally the Patrouille de France under a deep blue sky... which we could contemplate from our car, having already started the journey home, soaked and tired.
All in all, the program was very attractive and S.B.A.P. would like to thank the public relation service of the French Armée de l'Air and the press people which received us most cordially in French style.
The 2007 USAF Thunderbirds :
1. Lt Col Kevin J Robbins
2. Maj Chris Austin
3. Maj Nicole Malachowski
4. Maj Scott Poteet
5. Maj Ed Casey
6. Maj Samantha Weeks