Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Jacques Vincent - Translation: David Niemegeerts   © sbap 2017
 
As can be imagined, an aerial parade above a capital requires a serious organization. Especially when it comes to the parade over Paris, for the occasion of the National Day. It is quite logical that, given the distances of some bases and units from the capital, a centralized meeting point is required. In the last couple of years, it has been the base of Evreux, located in Normandy, that welcomes the fighter aircraft of our French neighbors. By complacency, this year our team was once again present on the base in order to immortalize the participants of the July 14th air parade. Let's admit it, we were well aware that American planes were foreseen in the passes above Paris, to mark the centennial commemoration of the American presence in the First World War.
We hoped to take some pictures of the Thunderbirds aerobatic team on F-16C / D, and the F-22 Raptor that came from the United States for the occasion, and also for the RIAT which took place the weekend following the National Day. But alas, the stars and stripes planes being based in Fairford, took part in the parade starting from their English base. Tough luck for us for being in this spot, but let's not sulk, as there was a host of Air Force aircraft that we were able to see from the Normandy base of Evreux.
We are glad to be able to present a picture summary of this morning, which was made possible thanks to the support of the French Air Force, and the Evreux airbase authorities, whom we would thank warmly.
  
Waiting the pilots...
 Rafale B  (4-FR) EC02.004 "Lafayette" Istres / Le Tubé Mirage 2000-5F (2-EO)  EC01.002  "Cigogne" Luxeuil / Saint Sauveur
 Mirage 2000-5F (2-FZ)  EC01.002  "Cigogne" Luxeuil / Saint Sauveur Pilot preparing for start up
 Start up Last checks
Superb alignment of Mirage 2000-5F
 The René Fonck Stork (Cigogne) Waiting for action
 Some beautiful helmets could be seen that day... Rafale back seat preparing
 Rafale C (30-VA) EC02.030  "Normandie-Niemen"  Mont de Marsan Taxiing to the holding point
 Transall C-160R (64-GM)  ET00.064  Evreux / Fauville Casa CN-235M (62-HC) ET03.062  "Ventoux"  Evreux / Fauville
 Rafale B (4-HN) EC01.004  "Gascogne"  Saint Dizier / Robinson Mirage 2000N (125-AG)  EC02.004  "Lafayette"  Istres / Le Tubé
 Look at the SPA81 insigna for the pilot and N124 for the back seat  Rafale B (4-FJ) EC01.004  "Gascogne"  Saint Dizier / Robinson
 The B drivers... Mirage 2000N (125-CU) EC02.004  "Lafayette"  Istres / Le Tubé
 Mirage 2000N (125-AL) EC02.004  "Lafayette"  Istres / Le Tubé First take off heading Paris
 Same escadron as the former picture but note the two different "Stork" models Mirage 2000D (3-IV)  EC03.003  "Ardennes"  Nancy / Ochey
 Cool man...thanks Mirage 2000D (3-IL)  EC03.003  "Ardennes"  Nancy / Ochey
 Mirage 2000D (3-IS)  EC01.003  "Navare"  Nancy / Ochey Mirage 2000D (3-AG)  EC01.003  "Navare"  Nancy / Ochey
 Rafale B "Gascogne" at take off Mirage 2000N with SPA81 marking at take off
 Rafale C  EC02.030  from the "NeuNeu" on taxi Rafale C  (30-GF)  EC02.030  "Normandie-Niemen"  Mont de Marsan
 A "B" model (30-HM) also from the famous "Normandie-Niemen" Rafale B  (30-IF)  EC02.030  "Normandie-Niemen"  Mont de Marsan
 Mirage 2000N (125-CU) note the 42 war makings on the nose Mirage 2000D (3-AG) with 41 war mission markongs
The Patrouille de France was this time also based at Evreux for the occasion Still wearing the "Rage" US Tour makings
 Alpha Jet E (8-NF)  EE03.008  "Côte d'Or"  Cazaux  Alpha Jet E (705-AB)  EAC00.314  "Christian Martell"  Tours / Val de Loire
Note de SPA 85 (Auvergne) marking on the tail
Alpha Jet E (705-MA)  EAC00.314  "Christian Martell"  Tours / Val de Loire
2.GC II/9 (Auvergne) markings
 Alpha Jet E (705-LJ)  EAC00.314  "Christian Martell"
Alpha Jet E (705-MA)  EAC00.314  "Christian Martell"  Tours / Val de Loire
2e.GC I/9 (Limousin) markings
Again some special helmets for the pilots of this Alpha Jet E
A "Red Star" for the female pilot and the
EAC00.314 "Stork & Green Star" for the back seat
Rafale B  (30-IF) with BR127 marking on the tail Mirage 2000C (115-YO)  EC02.005  "Ile de France"  Orange / Caritat
  The Patrouille de France ready for formation take off
 Mirage 2000C (115-KR)  EC02.005  "Ile de France"  Orange / Caritat Mirage 2000B (115-AM)  EC02.005  "Ile de France"  Orange / Caritat
 Alpha Jet E (8-MA)  EE03.008  "Côte d'Or"  Cazaux Alpha Jet E (8-RM)  EE03.008  "Côte d'Or"  Cazaux
A pair of "Limousin" Alpha Jet E at take off Mirage 2000C (115-KC) at VR speed
 Mirage 2000B (115-AM) nose up Alpha Jet E (8-MA)  EE03.008  "Côte d'Or" at take off
The last take off...Rafale B (4-IJ)  EC01.004  "Gascogne" with the SPA 79 insigna on the tail

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