Text: Serge Van Heertum & Pictures: Jacques Vincent - Translation: Marc Arys
© sbap 2019
 

This year, the fly-past overhead the French capital city, had an European connotation.
Paris and her famous "Champs Elysées" were overflown, not only by a panel of Armée de l'Air aircraft, but also by the Luftwaffe, the Koninklijke Luchtmacht, the Belgian Air Force, the Ejercito del Aire and the Royal Air Force.
To organize such a fly-past is not a straightforward matter at all and to make it all a little bit easier, part of the fighters were based in Normandy on the BA105 at Evreux-Fauville. As such, Mirage 2000-5, Mirage 2000D and Rafale hobnobbed with the local residents, but also with their NATO counterparts.
Once the fly-past overhead Paris done, the fighters of the Armée de l'Air flew back to their bases, whereas the Typhoon, F-16 and Tornado's came back to Evreux.
One of our reporters witnessed this handling, clearly indicating the will to move on to an European defence system ; the only thing remaining being the standardization of the future fighter aircraft.
SBAP wishes to thank heartily the authorities of the BA105 at Evreux for their welcome and facilities granted for our press report.

   
C-160G Transall "Gabriel" from EEA00.054
(Jacques Vincent©)
Some details
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(Jacques Vincent©)
"Gabriel" on taxi
(Jacques Vincent©)
Casa CN235M-200 from ET01.062
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Mirage 2000D from EC 01.003 "Navarre" (SPA95)
(Jacques Vincent©)
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Mirage 2000D from ETD 04.003 "Argonne" (SPA48)
(Jacques Vincent©)
Beautiful hunting board!
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Mirage 2000D from EC 02.003 "Champagne"
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Mirage 2000B from EC 02.005 "Ile de France"
(Jacques Vincent©)
(Jacques Vincent©)
(Jacques Vincent©) Dassault Mirage 2000C from EC 02.005 "Ile de France"
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Mirage 2000-5F from EC 01.002 "Cigognes" (SPA3)
(Jacques Vincent©)
(Jacques Vincent©)
(Jacques Vincent©) Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 29 Squadron
(Jacques Vincent©)
Ejército del Aire EF2000(T) Typhoon ALA 14
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Rafale C from EC 01.007 "Provence" (6.GCIII/7)
(Jacques Vincent©)
(Jacques Vincent©)
Luftwaffe Tornado IDS Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33
(Jacques Vincent©)
Belgian Air Force F-16AM 2 Wing Tac
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Mirage 2000-5F from EC 01.002 "Cigognes" (SPA26)
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Mirage 2000-5F from EC 01.002 "Cigognes" (SPA3)
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Mirage 2000C from EC 02.005 "Ile de France" (SPA124)
(Jacques Vincent©)
Close up on the centenary logo of the SPA124
(Jacques Vincent©)
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 (Jacques Vincent©) The right side of the 2-EP wear the insigna of the SPA103 Fonck Stork
(Jacques Vincent©)
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(Jacques Vincent©)
Pass of the Airbus A330MRTT from GRV 02.091 "Bretagne"
(Jacques Vincent©)
(Jacques Vincent©)
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Two spare aircraft : Dassault Rafale C from EC 01.007 "Provence"
(Jacques Vincent©)
Dassault Mirage 2000D from EC 03.003 "Ardennes" (1.GC III/3)
(Jacques Vincent©)
And we gather with the "Phenix"
(Jacques Vincent©)
(Jacques Vincent©)
Back home after the mission above Paris
(Jacques Vincent©)
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(Jacques Vincent©) Ejército del Aire support Lockheed C-130H Hercules
(Jacques Vincent©)
"Gabriel" is back
(Jacques Vincent©)
Mission accomplished...
(Jacques Vincent©)
...until July 14th, 2020
(Jacques Vincent©)
 

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