BDA : Winter Migration !
Text: Régis Rocca   -   Pictures : Régis Rocca, Luc Dujardin, Anthony Graulus & Serge Van Heertum © sbap 2012

 

A few days after its display in front of 60 000 spectators for the Cambrai Airshow held back to back with the Tiger Meet in June 2011 and organized by the Louis Blériot Aeroclub, the legendary Piper J3 suffered an accident. It was then sent to the Ateliers Marchadier in Péronne for a complete rebuild. After this resurrection Philippe Macé asked Régis Rocca to imagine a special livery for the aircraft. Régis had designed the 2011 livery and wished to revisit it with an inspiration from the events linked to the dissolution of EC 1/12 and the closing down of the BA 103 Cambrai airbase.
The Piper belongs to an Aeroclub deeply rooted in the Cambrai area and will be one of the protagonists of a 52mn documentary about flying in the Cambrai skies
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(Régis Rocca)
   
(Régis Rocca)  
   
(Régis Rocca) (Régis Rocca)
   


(Serge Van Heertum)
  (Régis Rocca)
   
The visitors arrival on Friday morning
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
CEREMONIES

 

The EC 1/12  dissolution ceremonies, the transfer of SPA 162 Tigre to 1/7 Provence and the placing in a dormant status of the other squadrons were extremely moving and perfectly organized and were the official high point of the day (March 30, 2012).
 
On the Parade Ground with all Squadron and BA 103 personnel present and in the presence of General Martel, French Air Force Deputy Commander, two aircraft in special livery served as a background to the event: a 1/12 Mirage and a 1/7 Rafale the tails of which  had been designed to symbolize the handing over of traditions from one squadron to the other. Two Régis Rocca designs, once again, expertly executed by Harry (HB Radical Design); a real feat, the result of two days work only, in order to preserve the element of surprize for the ceremonies. The “Dissolution” Mirage  2000 then taxied to stand beside the two other aircraft for official photos and videos.

   
(Régis Rocca) (Régis Rocca)
   
(Régis Rocca) (Régis Rocca)
   
(Régis Rocca) (Régis Rocca)
   
(Régis Rocca) (Régis Rocca)
   
(Régis Rocca) The General Martel posing with "the bird" (Régis Rocca)
   
General Martel and  Colonel Gernez (base commander) during an interview
(Régis Rocca)
The official flag of the EC.1/12 at parade for the last time
(Régis Rocca)
   
Speech of Lieutenant-Colonel Daroux, EC 1/12 commander (Régis Rocca) Speech of General Martel (Régis Rocca)
   
The 1/12 history in paints (Régis Rocca) Exposition table of Tradition officer (Régis Rocca)
   
EVOLUTIONS
 

 Despite the heavily overcast skies the open air ceremonies ended with some very dynamic displays. First a slow formation flypast of Mirage F1 and Mirage 2000, then Michael Brocard, Rafale Solo Display pilot gave us a series of perfectly controlled displays.To conclude all this a perfect show was given by Capt. Le Vot at the controls of his Extra 330, French Air Force Aerobatics Team, who, back on the ground gave the public a new proof of his talent with an original “burn-out”.
In the margins of the official speeches and commemorations, an exhibition was organized indoors, with a complete collection of shoulder patches and other Tiger memorabilia, paintings and photographs by official French Air Force artists and mainly a superb retrospective of paintings by Raymond Legrand, a prolific and talented artist with the Cambrai Tigers’ history as a speciality
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  (Régis Rocca)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
  (Régis Rocca)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Régis Rocca)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Régis Rocca) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Régis Rocca)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Anthony Graulus) (Anthony Graulus)
   
(Anthony Graulus) (Anthony Graulus)
   
(Anthony Graulus) Luc Dujardin interviewed by FR3 "Nord-Pas de Calais" (Serge Van Heertum)

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