Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Anthony Graulus & Pierre Taquet - Translation: Marc Arys
© sbap 2019
 

The propeller era (Le temps des helices), but also the jet era for this 2019 edition of the renowned airshow organized by the AJBS, aka. Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis.
As on Saturday the weather played up and the wind being quite strong, the organizers preferred to preserve the ancient and light aircraft and the show received the visit of two heavy rain showers compelling the organizers to halt the flying displays for couple of minutes.
Sunday was more merciful which led to the show to be adapted a little bit compared to Saturday, and that was just as well.
Let us come back to the highlights of this aeronautical weekend and there were a lot. It was once again an excellent vintage!
Upon the start of the show on Saturday, references were set... No less than the "Patrouille de France" together with a Boeing B777 from the National Airline Company, crowned with a masterful "Apache Roll".
Second highlight was the salute to Serge Dassault, who was a regular visitor of the Ferté Alais airshows. A superb formation flight of a MD312 Flamant, a Falcon 10 MER, a Mirage 2000-5F, a Rafale C and the company Falcon 8X marked the homage to this great man of the French aviation industry. It was a unique formation for a unique aviation family as well.
Also noteworthy was the presence of the Marine Nationale (French Navy) presenting various aircraft and the powerful display of the Rafale M.
Other eagerly awaited moment, the presentation of the Canadair CL-13B "Sabre Mk 6" (F-86E Sabre) of Frédéric Akary, based at Avignon-Caumont. Superb machine, bringing the Korean war against the Mig 15 back to mind, sporting an astonishing but rarely seen camouflage scheme. It seems to be an experimental camouflage tested by the USAF on some aircraft of the 461st FS from the 36th FW, when the unit was based in Germany in de mid 60's.

Another strong item, the Vietnam era, with the presence of a Cessna 0-1 "Bird Dog" in a very Indo-Chinese conflict painting, and four T28 "Trojan" as well, in USAF and US Navy markings; A real pleasure for the eyes.
Also noteworthy was the presence of a Spitfire, rarely seen in airshows, the Bigin Hill based Spitfire LF Mk XVIe, TE184, from Stephen Head in the colours of the Czech Squadron Leader Otto Smik, when serving with 127 Squadron, this latter being based for a short term at Grimbergen (Belgium) until November 13th, 1944. On November 28th, 1944, during a mission on Zwolle (Netherlands), flying with his Belgian wingman F/O Henri J. Taymans, Sqn Leader Smik was deadly hit by German flak and his wingman underwent the same fate.
Afterward, something quite interesting and exceptional, the performance of the flying man, Franky Zapata, on his amazing "Flyboard". Back to the future guaranteed...
Another surprising aircraft at the Ferté Alais, the Raphael Dinelli Eraole. An aircraft designed to fly on various "clean" energies. This was the only built example (c/n 001).
Within the category of surprising designs, there was the Moynet M.360 Jupiter, build by the manufacturer of the Matra equipments and which made its first flight on December 17th, 1963. The aircraft present at Cerny was prototype n° 03, and was offered by André Moynet himself to the "Espace Air Passion" association based at the Angers airfield.
Last but not least for the grand finale, but only on Saturday, the Patrouille Tranchant, flying no less than five Potez CM 170 Fouga Magister. This was just brilliant, not only evoking the "Patrouille de France" of the 70's, but also the Belgian "Diables Rouges / Rode Duivels". A nostalgic page in this magnificent weekend.
And through all of these intense moments, the reliable valors like the Bleriot XI, Caudron G III, Bristol Fighter or Fokker DR.1. Usual machines of the Whitsun weekend, but always enjoyable to see and that is why we can call them the reliable valors.
Let us not forget either, the "big show pages", always impressing the visitors, like "Tora Tora Tora", representing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, or the air-ground attacks from the Vietnam War, with pyrotechnical effects.
In short, the 2019 edition was once again an excellent vintage and we can just do only one thing... ask for more in the years to come. "The Salis Gang" knows how to do this and we thank them greatly for what they have given us.
SBAP wishes to thank the organization for granting the accreditations and, particularly, Mrs Derenne, for her assistance and highly appreciated support through all these years.
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 Duo Marine Power
Moynet M.360 Jupiter
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Sud-Est SE.313B Alouette II
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Waco YMF-5-C
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Morning arrivals, when the Trojan meet the Skyraider
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Some explosive returns on the Ju-52 left engine resulting an aborted takeoff
(Serge Van Heertum©)
King Air 65-E90 from Dassault Aviation S.A.
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The Saturday opening
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 When the National Company B-777 meet the Air Force Alpha Jets
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Magistral "Apache Roll"
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Sun and corrugated iron sheet
(Serge Van Heertum©)
In the Luftwaffe tail
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 At the crossroads of the air routes
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Unusual landing completely cross
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Klemm Kl-25-A VI
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Advertising propeller ...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. XVIe (TE184) in Squadron Leader Otto Smik colours (127 Sqn)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Hawker Hurricane Mk IIa
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Spitfire LF Mk. XVIe
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 No it's not at night, but a good big downpour
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Oups...little bit heavy crosswind
(Serge Van Heertum©)
In the hell of the Pacific
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The land of the rising and radiating sun
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Bearcat power
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Flamingo takeoff for the Corsair
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Bright metal
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Fred Akary Sabre
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Tribute to Serge Dassault
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The bubbling Rafale
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Tactical Landing Transall C 160 NG
(Serge Van Heertum©)
ET.64 in action
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Trojan takeoff
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Vortex power
(Serge Van Heertum©)

Franky Zapata
(Serge Van Heertum©)
When the "Flyboard" man meet the Navy
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 DFS Habicht driver
(Serge Van Heertum©)
When the master takes the water he becomes zephyr
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 The Atlantic II luggage hold...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Archimedes screw vortex
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Navy break
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Snecma M-88 dual hot spot
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Nostalgy...The "Patrouille Tranchant"
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Like the "Red Devils" more than 40 years ago!
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Clouds game
(Serge Van Heertum©)
All roads lead to Rome
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Smokes above the clouds
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
 
 Sports aviation of the 30s
The morning sensation flights
(Anthony Graulus©)
Yakovlev Yak-11 arrival
(Anthony Graulus©)
Low level Alouette
(Anthony Graulus©)
D-Day stripes
(Anthony Graulus©)
Better to be inside than in front of
(Anthony Graulus©)
Normandie-Niemen remembrance
(Anthony Graulus©)
Yakovlev Yak 3U
(Anthony Graulus©)
SNCAN Nord 1101 Ramier fired in German fighter
(Anthony Graulus©)
The one and only "Gooney Bird"
(Anthony Graulus©)
The EVAA on duty
(Anthony Graulus©)
"Bunny" at the command
(Anthony Graulus©)
Tora...Tora...Tora...
(Anthony Graulus©)
Harvard as Japanese fighters
(Anthony Graulus©)
Nick Grey and the Bearcat
(Anthony Graulus©)
The flying Corsair
(Anthony Graulus©)
Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk 6
(Anthony Graulus©)
461st FS experimental paint scheme
(Anthony Graulus©)
The Mig 15 haunting
(Anthony Graulus©)
A racy plane
(Anthony Graulus©)
Beechcraft D18S
(Anthony Graulus©)
Tribute to Dassault: Dassault MD 311 Flamant
(Anthony Graulus©)
The elegant Dassault Falcon 8X
(Anthony Graulus©)
Tactical takeoff
(Anthony Graulus©)
Fly Navy!
(Anthony Graulus©)
Trojan pair
(Anthony Graulus©)
Morane Saulnier MS 733 Alcyon
(Anthony Graulus©)
The basic French Navy trainer from the 60's
(Anthony Graulus©)
A real jewel this Zephyr
(Anthony Graulus©)
N° 28 wear livery of the Flotille 59S demonstration team in 1961
(Anthony Graulus©)
Dassault-Breguet Atlantique 2
(Anthony Graulus©)
The N°11 from the Flotille 23F
(Anthony Graulus©)
Fren Navy duo Rafale M
(Anthony Graulus©)
Powerful demonstration
(Anthony Graulus©)
The Flotille 12F in action
(Anthony Graulus©)
SE5A replica Royal Flying Corps....
(Anthony Graulus©)
...and in French coulours
(Anthony Graulus©)
Stork in the sun
(Anthony Graulus©)
Morane-Saulnier MS 317
(Anthony Graulus©)
Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3
(Anthony Graulus©)
Nord Aviation 3202
(Anthony Graulus©)
N°1 Hugues Duval (Leader)
N°2 Pierre Fages (Inner Left) - N°3 Claude Espinet (Inner Right)
N°4 Arnaud Kervela (Outer Left) - N°5 Jack Krine (Outer Right and Solo)
(Anthony Graulus©)
The team Tranchant on Fouga was created in 2006
(Anthony Graulus©)
Fouga Magister elegancy
(Anthony Graulus©)
Box formation
(Anthony Graulus©)
Jack Krine the solo
(Anthony Graulus©)
The final break
(Anthony Graulus©)
 
 
 The Sunday opening with the Patrouille de France and the Patrouille Tranchant
PZL-Okecie 104 Wilga 35A
(Pierre Taquet©)
The Moynet and his strange design
(Pierre Taquet©)
Glider duo...
(Pierre Taquet©)
...and assimetric duo
(Pierre Taquet©)
München Airport between the war?
(Pierre Taquet©)
The check-in
(Pierre Taquet©)
Takeoff for the Junkers F.13
(Pierre Taquet©)
Wonderful to could see this kind of aircraft flying
(Pierre Taquet©)
BD-5J Microjet...
(Pierre Taquet©)
...James Bond is not far away
(Pierre Taquet©)
Viva Zapata
(Pierre Taquet©)
Wing turn...oups, no wings
(Pierre Taquet©)
Low approach; short final and touchdown
(Pierre Taquet©)
Caudron G III
(Pierre Taquet©)
Bleriot XI the begin of aviation
(Pierre Taquet©)
The plane becomes a weapon: Bristol Fighter
(Pierre Taquet©)
Fokker DR.1
(Pierre Taquet©)
East front air battle
(Pierre Taquet©)
Yak 11
(Pierre Taquet©)
The nose a little bit too much down
(Pierre Taquet©)
The nighjt witches plane: Polikarpov Po-2
(Pierre Taquet©)
Above Normandy 75 years ago
(Pierre Taquet©)
Spitfire T.9 (ML407)
(Pierre Taquet©)
Sqn / Ldr Otto Smik Spitfire
(Pierre Taquet©)
Spitfire and Dakota
(Pierre Taquet©)
Just to remember Normandy and the D-Day
(Pierre Taquet©)
The DC-3 a civil and military success story
(Pierre Taquet©)
Eye to eye with a stork
(Pierre Taquet©)
American conception...
(Pierre Taquet©)
...and French conception
(Pierre Taquet©)
Business jet beauty
(Pierre Taquet©)
Wet demonstration
(Pierre Taquet©)
The ET.64 demonstration
(Pierre Taquet©)
EVAA aerobatics
(Pierre Taquet©)
Back in the 60's
(Pierre Taquet©)
Real strange paint scheme for a Sabre aircraft
(Pierre Taquet©)
Goooooooood Mooooooorning Cerny
(Pierre Taquet©)
Somewhere above the South-East Asiatic jungle
(Pierre Taquet©)
Air to ground support: Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
(Pierre Taquet©)
When the Air Force meet the Navy
(Pierre Taquet©)
French Air Force ambassadors, the Patrouille de France
(Pierre Taquet©)
Bomb burst
(Pierre Taquet©)
Syncro pair
(Pierre Taquet©)
The final break
(Pierre Taquet©)
The future clean plane?   The Raphael Dinelli Eraole
(Pierre Taquet©)
 

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