Dassault / Dornier Alphajet of Patrouille de France 🇫🇷
About the Alphajet
|About the Plane :|
|First flight||26 October 1973|
|Introduction||4 November 1977|
|Primary user||French Air Force|
|Unit cost||$4.5 million|
About the Patrouille de France
The Patrouille Acrobatique de France is the precision aerobatic demonstration unit of the French Air Force.
The mission of the 9 pilots and 35 mechanics is to represent the French Air Force, and lead the ambassadorship role of French Aeronautics overseas.
Stationed at Aerial Base 701 Salon-de-Provence, it is the oldest (active since 1931 and officially commissioned in 1953) and considered as one of the most professional in the world !
The unit traditionally opens the July 14 parade (Bastille’s Day) in Paris with their Alphajets, presenting a twenty-minute demonstration of formation changes and crossovers narrated by the director of the French Air Force presentation team, also a jet pilot as well as the public relations officer. Each maneuver is filmed by a photo/video specialist, and a pilot is also usually present (often the replacement pilot), supervising the communications between the Patrouille and the controller (for flight safety). Recently, they flew for the Paris Air Show or with a Boeing 777 for Air France
Some videos of the Patrouille de France :
If you like France and the Patrol, give a vote to see one day this beauty in the simulator !
Sources : Armée de l’air, Wikiedia, Patrouille de France