Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Danny Carels & Pierre Taquet   © sbap 2017
Translation: David Niemegeerts
 
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La Ferté 2017, "Le temps des Hélices", need first some figures. Indeed, it was a colorful 45th edition marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Auguste Mudry, the designer of the famous "CAP" aircraft, and the 80th anniversary of Jean Salis alias "Jeannot", the instigator of this airshow, or let us say this air festival which has become an unavoidable event in continental Europe. So, before getting to the heart of the matter and the action, we would like to wish a very happy birthday to "Jeannot" and thank him for these 45 years of aeronautical pleasure.
Besides the aerial show, the Ferté Alais is also a place for some meetings and other activities.
Personally, I found the meetings were numerous, ranging from "Marty" and "Tao" of the Rafale display, to our collaborator "Rage" present with his stand "Bretelles et Chevrons" and going on to Laetitia, the director of "Espace Air Passion" (Angers museum).
Another highly anticipated meeting was our San Francisco correspondent "Seb", the owner of the SF.260, flying with the colors of the Belgian Air Force, over the Golden Gate bridge. Passing through his native land, "Seb" gave us the opportunity to meet his family and friends, linked to the aviation world as well. So we made acquaintance with André, his Dad, a former Air Inter member, but also a former pilot of the B-17 "Pink Lady".

Still member of the association "Fortress Always Flying" (Forteresse Toujours Volante), he certainly always (fly) in his heart and his memories. Also a wink to JCD as well, a French friend and expatriate to the United States since his youth, who made a career at the USAF, among others as a F-4 Phantom pilot during the Vietnam war, after which he went on to the famous cargo company, the Flying Tigers . Let us take advantage of these few lines to thank "Seb" and his wife for having welcomed us so kindly during their Saturday evening "Party" and Sunday on the grounds of La Ferté.
Besides the obligatory shopping to find the desired models, complete the book shelve (already well filled generally) or simply acquire some imperishable goodies of the day, the possibility was offered to visit the planes parking, or even to test some old machines in flight. Your team did not deprive themselves and it is the De Havilland DH-104 Dove that we tested on Saturday and the Junkers Ju-52-3M on Sunday while keeping in memory that these two mythical planes flew a lot of glorious hours for Belgium, in the now defunct Sabena company, or in the fleet of the Public Force in Africa.
The afternoons were of course devoted to the air show and once again, "Le temps des helices" gathered a big crowd on the plateau of Cerny airfield. For almost six hours, the show was non-stop, varied and of a very high quality. A little less on Saturday because a serious disturbances brought an intense and sustained rain, obliging the flight director to cancel the end of the show. Indeed, a wet runway doesn't allow aircraft to take off or land in the needed security.
Speaking about security, it is also necessary to open a parenthesis here. Large-scale events such as "Le temps des helices" require a fairly large and costly security organization in terms of emergency medical assistance, police surveillance, facility guarding, visitor control and insurance of all kinds. This obviously has a cost that over the years has climbed exponentially, certainly at the present time with the rise of terrorist acts in all kinds of public events. During a recent interview with the organizers of the Ferté Alais event, they did not hide their fears of not being able to fulfill the financial aspect of the airshow, and this would obviously mean the end of this aeronautical must on the old continent. But we are not there yet, on the contrary, and we must continue to support "Le temps des helices", and go on the airfield to admire these wonderful, flying passionate people, and participate in the beneficial activities of the AJBS, visit the "flying museum Salis" outside airshows to maintain this flying heritage for future generations. That said, we aviation journalist know what to do, now it lies in the hands of the politicians to take their responsibilities to eradicate (definitely) this phenomenon coming from the Middle East.
After this parenthesis, let's continue with the airshow, which once again offered a variety of aircraft of all kinds, much to the delight of the visitors, but certainly for the picture hunters of wood and metal birds, armed with their Canon and other Nikon.
We will not make an exhaustive and chronological list of presentations, the pictures below clearly show the events of the weekend. But let's emphasize the highlights of the show, such as the "CAP" aircraft in tribute to Auguste Mudry, a brilliant creator of aerobatic aircraft, the Piper Cub formation from the Salis family in its entirety, in tribute to Dad "Jeannot" who now displays 80 years on the counter, The trio of Sea Fury, Hawker Hunter and Dassault Rafale, the VERY low-altitude presentation of the Armée de l'Air C-160 Transall, the closing formation, made up of a Boeing B777 (Triple Seven) from Air France and of the Alpha Jet of the Patrouille de France, still wearing the tail decorated for the US Tour (Thanks "Rage") and many other equally interesting things as you will see in the pictorial part of the present page.
You, who are aviation enthusiasts, if you have never passed the "périf" and taken the "highway of the sun" (Autoroute du Soleil) in the direction of Etampes and the aerodrome of Cerny - La Ferté Alais, it is time to take the step, and to visit the 46th edition in 2018 or simply the permanent Salis Flying Museum.
Before going on to the photographic summary, we would like to thank Jean Salis and his "gang", the organizers and the volunteers for their warm welcome. We would like also to thank Mrs Derenne, media manager, for the accreditations and facilities during our visit, allowing us to present the summary of the 45th edition of "Le temps des hélices".

 
 Aerial view of the aviation fair of La Ferté Alais
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 Coanda 1910 replica
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Dornier DO-27-B1
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 Visitors could fly with a Harvard
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The Gloster Gladiator from the Fighter Collection had some technical problems
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 Aviation cartoons could be signed
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Some paints could be bought
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 Pin-Up folklore at La Ferté
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Aviator of the past...
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 ...and the present: Danielle, Hugues Duval, Jack Krine and Baptiste Salis   (1 - 2 Pierre Taquet © & 3 Serge Van Heertum ©)
 Back to the WW II pin-up's   (Serge Van Heertum ©)
Entertainment flights with De Havilland DH.104 "Dove" or Junkers JU-52-3M "Tante Ju"     (Pierre Taquet ©)
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 "Dove" cockpit
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The navigation map
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 (Danny Carels ©) The trip could be followed on the map screen
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 "Tante Ju" engines instrument panel
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 (Serge Van Heertum ©) Overfly of Fontainebleau Castle
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 A jewell seen from another one
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 Superb control wheel
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Following our shodow
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 Fuel gauge
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Rolls Royce...
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...versus BMW
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 Max Plan MP 205 Busard
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Scheibe SF 28 A Tandem Falke
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 The Patrouille de France
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 The beginning: Bleriot XI - Morane Type H - Deperdussin type T
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 The Great War
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SPAD XIII & Bristol F.2B Fighter
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 Tribute to Adrienne Bolland and the Caudron G III
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 Between the wars: Laird LC RW 300 Speedwing - Stinson SR-10C Reliant - Ryan SCW-145
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 The Luftwaffe: Casa 1131 E Jungmann - Fieseler Fi-156C-3 Storch - Junkers Ju-52-3M
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 Staline Eagles: Yakovlev Yak-3UA - Yakovlev Yak-11 - Yakovlev Yak-3
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 Tora - Tora - Tora
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Danielle Wingwalker 
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 Dassault MD.311 Flamant
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 Tactical Transport: C-160 Transall
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 Battle of France: Curtiss H.75 Hawk
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 Battle of Britain: Hawker Hurricane Mk I
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 Burma: Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIX
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Bomber escort: North American P-51D Mustang "Nooky Booky IV".
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German gliding:  DFS Habicht E
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 Hawker power duo: Hawker Hunter T.68 & Hawker Sea Fury FB.11
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 In trio with the Dassault Rafale solo display
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 US passenger transport: Beechcraft D-18S
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 Modern transport: Airbus A330-303 XL airlines
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 "Jeannot" Salis tribute
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 (Pierre Taquet ©) Many thanks Jean Salis for the 45 past years of aeronautical pleasure
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Auguste Mudry tribute 
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 Gliders duo: DFS SG-38 Schulgleiter & Pilatus B4
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 The towing planes: Boeing PT-17 Kaydet (A-75/N1 Stearman)
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Morane Saulnier MS.502 "Criquet"
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 Good Moooooorning Vietnam: Cessna Skymaster FTB 337 G - North American AT-28D Trojan - Douglas AD-4N Skyraider
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The Marine Nationale: Mudry Cap 10 - Morane Saulnier MS-733 "Alcyon" - Potez CM-175 "Zéphyr" - Bréguet Br1150 ATL-2 "Atlantic"
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 The Pen Duik team: Potez CM-170 Fouga Magister
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 L'Aéropostale: Breguet XIV
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Douglas DC-3 Dakota
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 The great final: Boeing 777-328(ER) and the Patrouille de France
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