Dijon-Darois Airshow : Like a good Bourgogne wine !

 

Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures : Serge Van Heertum, Eddy Devroey & Kurt Vanden Noortgate - SBAP

 

Darois 2010, the centennial airshow. Indeed, in 1910 the first aviation manifestation was held in Dijon (military field la Madrière). It was in fact a contest won by a 16 year old boy named Marcel Hanriot  His price was – for that era in the Belle époque- the astronomical amount of 18,500 French Francs. The boy managed to fly 21 minutes and 25 seconds and reached an altitude of 290 meters (around 950 feet). Afterwards it was the city of Beaune itself who organized an “airshow” the same year. In 1911, the city of Semur held its first airshow...with two participating planes (both of them crashed), but still it was a success.
In 1923 the “Aeroclub de la Côte d’Or” was created by military pilots and civilians at Longvic. Dijon-Lonvic airbase developed further and the activity of military aircraft boomed, so it was  decided to create an airfield especially dedicated to sport aviation in Darois in 1957. The “Aeroclub de la Côte d’Or” had its own homebase since that year. Over the years, Darois grew and the airfield is now occupied by aviation companies and various associations. Five years ago  all these companies and associations have been grouped together under the label InnovAero.

 

 

Darois Airshow 2010 Darois Airfield is located North West of Dijon city (Google earth)

 

 

The 2010 edition of the airshow was undoubtedly a success and the airplanes presented came primarily from Darois or from the region (Beaune-Challange, Dijon-Longvic). This was the opportunity to see some beautiful machines, sport aviation aircraft and warbirds as well. Presented in solo display or in team, it was a treat for the public and especially for photographers. It is like a good Bourgogne wine to be savoured and leaves a pleasant aftertaste ... If by any chance you're in Bourgogne, near Dijon at their next meeting, go check it out and discover this aeronautical fair!  It is an excellent and friendly place. In other words : An airshow as we like them.

 

The SBAP team would like to thank the President of the “Aeroclub de la Côte d’Or”, Mister Jean Wiacek for the invitation and all members of this club for the warm welcome on this day. We would also like to thank the press and photographer management team, Virginie, Alexandre "Switch", Adrien and Phill for their help and guidance during this day allowing us to make a very good photoshoot.

 

 

A part of infrastrutures and catering facilities for the visitors (Eddy Devroey) The "Centre Dijonnais de Vol à Voile" (Eddy Devroey)
   
The public area (Kurt Vanden Noortgate) Aviation is always a facinating world (Kurt Vanden Noortgate)

 

The Airshow 2010, Darois was certainly the place to be !

 

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub floatplane (Serge Van Heertum) Moravan Zlin 526 (Serge Van Heertum)
Team "Côte d'Or"
A formation of 6 Robin DR400 from Darois aeroclub
 
Ready to open the airshow (Serge Van Heertum) "switch" on and take off... (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
North American T-6 Harvard
Presented by Pierre André Martel
A wonderfull warbird in Canadian colours
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Stampe & Vertongen SV4A
Presented by Bernard Charbonnel
Always a must for aerobatic flight since 1946
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
Jetstream 41
From Eastern Airways
Since a short time this company ensure flights from
Dijon-Bourgogne airport to Bordeaux and Toulouse
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
C-101A Pegase gliders
From "Centre Dijonnais de Vol à Voile"
Showing a winch take off and aerobatic capabilities
 
(Eddy Devroey) (Eddy Devroey)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Avion Mudry CAP-232
From Dijon Voltige presented by Benedicte Blanchard
Showing the aerobatic possibilities offered by this school
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Avion Mudry CAP 10B
Presented by Patrick Jaffra
Aerobatic presentation, this aircraft is based at Darois
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Magni 16 autogyro
Presented by Gilles Finet
Amazing possibilities for this two seater flying machine !
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Pilatus PC-7
Presented by Pascal Aubert
Aerobatic demonstration of this reliable turboprop aircraft
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Eddy Devroey) Serious crosswind gust at landing (Serge Van Heertum)
Max Holste MH-1521-M Broussard
Presented by Mathieu Bligny
Built in 1958 and still elegant in flight
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
Boeing A75/N1 Stearman
Presented by Jean-Pierre Touron & Bruno Ducreux
An remakable pesentation to underline the duty of memory for all the American pilots felt in Europe during the second world war
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Extra 330SC
From "Equipe de Voltige de l'Armée de l'Air"  (EVAA)
Presented by François Rallet and Renaud Ecalle (World Champion 2009)
Great art between heaven and earth !
 
(Serge Van Heertum) The pilot office (Serge Van Heertum)
François "Ralloch" Rallet repeating the sequences before the demonstration
 (Serge Van Heertum)
Concentration
(Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
A last whirl in front of the public
(Kurt Vanden Noortgate)
Need fuel before the second presentation of the day...
(Serge Van Heertum)
Robinson R22 Beta
Presentation of the helicopter used at Darois for pilot instruction
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Sequoia F.8L Falco
Presented by Philippe Duclos
A presentation of this "Sky Ferrari" homebuilt aircraft wich required 12 years and 10.000 hours of labor...
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Eddy Devroey)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
North American T-28A Trojan (Fennec as French name)
Presented by Cedric Ruet
A massive ground attack and training plane
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Tetras ULM
Presented by Jean-Pierre Touron
Owned by the "Côte d'Or" aeroclub, a reliable ultra light aircraft
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Pitts S-2B
Presented by Bruno Ducreux
Presentation of aerobatic performances of a well known aircraft
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
"CAP TENS" team
Presented by Marianne Shaw as leader and her husband Adam Shaw as wingman
2 Mudry CAP 10 in a wonderfull and elegant ballet !
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Eddy Devroey) (Eddy Devroey)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Breitling Jet Team
Aero L-39C Albatros

Presented by :
N°1 : Jacques Bothelin, N°2 : François Ponsot, N°3 : Bernard Charbonnel, N°4 : Christophe Deketelaere
N°5 : Patrick Marchand, N°6 : Philippe Laloix, N°7 : Frederic Schwebel

The only one civil team equiped with jet aircraft is always a must in an airshow, self with a degradation of the meteo during their dynamic presentation...
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Kurt Vanden Noortgate) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Eddy Devroey) (Serge Van Heertum)
Hawker Sea Fury FB.11
Presented by the Flying Legend team of Darois
One of the most powerfull aircraft equiped with piston engine in the sky of Darois
 
Gloss blue colours of the 724 Squadron of the Royal Australian Navy
(Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum)
(Eddy Devroey) (Eddy Devroey)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX
Presented by Christophe Jacquard
The sound of the prestigeous Rolls Royce Griffon to close this wonderfull airshow at Darois !
 
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
In the colours of 152 Squadron RAF Singapore (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Kurt Vanden Noortgate) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Christophe Jacquard, the boss of Flying Legend
(Eddy Devroey)
End of airshow, the public could get close of those two warbirds
(Eddy Devroey)

 

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