in the water, heads in the sky.
is now a tradition, the last date in the French airshow calendar is
that of an event held right above the beaches of Ste-Maxime (83, Var).
An important date as for all participating teams and units, it marks
the end of the season. This year again, the show was of the highest
of all, and as it is the main event, the Free Flight World Masters,
the brainchild of Bleuciel Airshow and its energetic and visionary
Director, Laurent Cahuzat. The competition was mouth-watering and the
displays breathtaking. History remember that over the two days and
numerous displays, the finals were contested by Nicolas Ivanoff and
his Extra 330 in Hamilton livery and Capitaine "Bunny"
Brusque and the French Air Force aerobatics team Extra 330. The latter
was to win the duel and receive the winner's trophy on the Sunday
front of a large crowd enjoying the sandy beach, the show was on, on
land and in the sky. On land, with Willy Gruhier commentating, a
well-known aerobatic pilot and TV commentator for the Red Bull Air
Races… ably supported by the ever popular Free Flight Girls.
the sky, a great show was given, with a demonstration flight by the
French Navy's Dauphin helicopter, a Stearman, a T6 and a Zéphyr
(naval version of the Fouga Magister), every one of them a symbol of
their period. The parachutists of the Air Force Team displayed the
full range of their talent. A duo of Tigre helicopters of the French
Army Aviation gave a very impressive demonstration.
The show was truly international, with the Spanish ASPA team flying
their EC 120s. At very short distance from the public the 5
helicopters displayed their considerable performance.
true Ambassadors of the French Air Force, the Rafale Solo Display and
the Patrouille de France were the cherry on the cake for this event
with their powerful displays.
Finally, a special mention is due to the "Cartouche Doré"
team, flying Epsilons, as it was their final airshow, the team is to
be disbanded. An emotional moment, then with this fine team. Farewell,
"cartouche", you were magnificent…
usual, everything was perfectly organized and your SPAP correspondent
was made very welcome. Many thanks to Laurent and Véronique, his
wife, the Bleuciel duo. Thanks to the pilots for their availability,
their kindness and easy going attitude. Many thanks to the charming
Hamilton hostesses for their smiles and kind attention.