report by: Sebastien Mousty & Thierry Letellier
Every year, the day before National Day Parade in Paris , we can see the arrivals of all the fighter from the vast majority of the Wings and Squadrons from ” Armée de l’ Air “.Early in the fourteen the Base Aerienne 105 allow the acces of his taxiways to make pictures of the planes leaving Evreux AB to take part to the flightpass over Champs Elysées in Paris. Base aérienne 105 Évreux or BA 105,is a French Air Force base located about 2 miles (3 km) east of the town of Évreux in the south eastern part of Normandy. Its position very close to Paris was logically chosen to gather the French Air Force fighters participation to Paris flightpass.
For this 2017 edition were present: Fighter Squadron 1/2 Cigognes or EC 1/2 Cigognes from Luxeuil Air Base. They are armed with Dassault Mirage 2000-5F.Their main role is the air 2 air interception. It inherits the traditions of three notable World War I units: SPA 3 of the famous ace Georges Guynemer, SPA26, SPA 103 of René Fonck, and SPA 12.Heir to Escadrille 3 (the “Cigognes” Escadrille) EC 1/2 Cigogne was created on November 1945. Escadron de Chasse 1/4 Gascogne is a combat unit of the French Air Force. It is equipped with Rafale and is the second unit of the French Air Force to receive that aircraft.The 1/91 Gascogne is attached since August 26 2015 to the 4th Fighter Wing (4e Escadre de Chasse, EC 4) which was reformed the same day. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions. The Rafale is referred to as an “omnirole” aircraft by Dassault.
Escadron de Chasse or Fighter Squadron 2/30 Normandie-Niemen is a Fighter aircraft unit of the French Air Force. During the dormant phase in 2009, the Escadron was equipped with Mirage F1CT fighters and stationed at Colmar-Meyenheim Air Base (BA 132). This Escadron is the descendent of the famous Fighter Group Normandie (French: Groupe de Chasse Normandie) created in 1942.On August 25, 2011, the first Rafale with colors of the 2/30 Normandie-Niemen took off from ” Base Aérienne 118 colonel Constantin Rozanoff de Mont-de-Marsan”
Delays in the Dassault Rafale fourth-generation fighter program led to a development program for an updated Mirage 2000N dedicated to conventional attack, originally designated Mirage 2000N cousin. It was to complement SEPECAT Jaguar daylight strike fighters by providing a night/bad weather attack capability.Formal development began in 1988. The designation was changed to Mirage 2000D in 1990, with the “D” standing for “Diversifie/Multirole”. Initial flight of the Mirage 2000D prototype, a modified Mirage 2000N prototype, was on 19 February 1991. Escadron de Chasse 3/30 Lorraine, On June 24, 2016, the 3/30 Lorraine was integrated into the 30e Escadre de Chasse and replaced the 1/7 Provence on the Saint-Dizier Air Base. Only the traditions were transferred, not the personnel nor the aircraft. Accordingly, the aircraft were progressively repainted with the colors of the 3/30. The Escadron was transferred to Aerial Base 118 Mont-de-Marsan
The Mirage 2000N is the nuclear strike variant which was intended to carry the Aerospatiale Air-Sol Moyenne Portee (ASMP) nuclear stand-off missile. Initial flight tests of two prototypes began on 3 February 1983, and the Mirage 2000N entered operational service in 1988. A total of 75 were built. The fighter had strengthened wings for low-altitude operations, as well as low-level precision navigation/attack systems, built around the Dassault/Thales Antilope 5 radar, which was designed for the strike role and featured a terrain-avoidance capability.
During the departures, we have the great Chance to make pictures, from an excellent place near the taxiway. That is done in outstanding conditions and Globalairpower would like to thank Mr Gilles Scheffer and his team for their perfect organization.