Greece Has Announced Its Intention To Acquire 18 Rafale Fighter Jets

GREECE HAS ANNOUNCED ITS INTENTION TO ACQUIRE 18 RAFALE FIGHTER JETS

SAINT-CLOUD, FRANCE – Greece announced on September 12, 2020 its intention to acquire 18 Dassault Rafales to equip its air force – the Hellenic Air Force (HAF), Dassault Aviation said in a press release on Saturday. Greek’s announcement illustrates the bond and partnership between the Hellenic Air Force and Dassault Aviation for more than 45 years, demonstrating the enduring strategic relationship between France and Greece. The … Continue reading GREECE HAS ANNOUNCED ITS INTENTION TO ACQUIRE 18 RAFALE FIGHTER JETS

Video - The French Air Force's Operational Permanence

VIDEO – THE FRENCH AIR FORCE’S OPERATIONAL PERMANENCE

FRANCE – The Armée de l’air (French Air Force) permanently ensures the protection of French airspace under the responsibility of Prime Minister Macron – including the ability to take threats into account in any form, as well as giving assistance to aircraft in difficulty. In 2019 alone, more than 200 abnormal situations required the intervention of French Air Force’s air superiority fighters like the Rafale … Continue reading VIDEO – THE FRENCH AIR FORCE’S OPERATIONAL PERMANENCE

Airbus Beluga XL in operational service

VIDEO – BELUGA XL IN OPERATIONAL SERVICE – SUPPORTING AIRBUS’ PRODUCTION RAMP-UP WITH A ‘SMILE’

TOULOUSE, FRANCE – The next-generation Airbus Beluga XL begins regular operations in facilitating Airbus’ production ramp-up across the company’s commercial aircraft programmes. The Beluga XL (officially an A330-743L) is a large transport aircraft based on the Airbus A330 passenger aircraft. The #BelugaXL entered service with Airbus Transport on January 9, 2020 to replace the Airbus Beluga and made its first flight on July 19, 2018. … Continue reading VIDEO – BELUGA XL IN OPERATIONAL SERVICE – SUPPORTING AIRBUS’ PRODUCTION RAMP-UP WITH A ‘SMILE’

Airbus ATTOL test flight

VIDEO – AIRBUS DEMONSTRATES FIRST FULLY AUTOMATIC VISION-BASED TAKEOFF

TOULOUSE, FRANCE – Airbus has successfully performed the first fully automatic vision-based takeoff last month at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France, using an Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft. The test crew – consisting of 2 pilots, 2 flight test engineers and 1 test flight engineer – the ATTOL-system – Autonomous Taxiing, Takeoff and Landing. The A350 took off at around 10:15 AM local time on December 18, … Continue reading VIDEO – AIRBUS DEMONSTRATES FIRST FULLY AUTOMATIC VISION-BASED TAKEOFF

Belgian AF F-16BM crashes in France leaving pilot stuck on power line - Photo: © Jim van de Burgt

PILOT STUCK ON POWER LINE AFTER BELGIAN AIR FORCE F-16 CRASHED IN FRANCE

LORIENT, FRANCE – A Belgian Air Force (BAF) F-16BM fighter jet crashed Thursday morning in western France, leaving one pilot caught on a high-voltage power line. The fighter jet was flying from Florennes Air Base in Belgium to Lann Bihoué Naval Air Base in France, when it crashed between the towns of Pluvigner and Landaul at about 20 miles from Lorient in France, the BAF … Continue reading PILOT STUCK ON POWER LINE AFTER BELGIAN AIR FORCE F-16 CRASHED IN FRANCE

Zapata crossed the English Channel on his Flyboard Air

FRANK ZAPATA CROSSED THE ENGLISH CHANNEL ON HIS FLYBOARD AIR

CALAIS, FRANCE – Flying Frenchman Franky Zapata made aviation history on Sunday August 4, 2019 by crossing the English Channel on his Flyboard Air. This was Zapata’s second attempt to cross the Channel, after he failed 10 days ago, on July 25. Zapata’s dream came true on Sunday, when he became the first man in history to cross the English Channel flying on a jet-powered … Continue reading FRANK ZAPATA CROSSED THE ENGLISH CHANNEL ON HIS FLYBOARD AIR

A Securité Civile Grumman S-2T Turbo Firecat crashed today

FIREFIGHTING PLANE CRASHED IN FRANCE

GÉNÉRAC, FRANCE – A Securité Civile Conair S-2 Turbo Firecat firefighting plane has crashed this afternoon shortly after 5:00 PM Local Time in the area of Générac in France. The pilot was killed in the tragic crash, while battling the fires in the area. The pilot of the Firecat (former Grumman S-2 Tracker from the Canadian Navy) was fighting one of the three new fires … Continue reading FIREFIGHTING PLANE CRASHED IN FRANCE

PATROUILLE DE FRANCE JET CRASHED AT PERPIGNAN AIRPORT IN FRANCE

PERPIGNAN-RIVESALTES, FRANCE – Alpha Jet #2 of French Air Force Aerobatics Team Patrouille de France, crashed this morning at Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport (PGF) in the South of France, near the Spanish border. The pilot survived the crash, but was slightly injured. The Alpha Jet of Patrouille de France exited the runway at the Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport this morning, but the jet ended on a road which borders the … Continue reading PATROUILLE DE FRANCE JET CRASHED AT PERPIGNAN AIRPORT IN FRANCE

FRANCE AND INDIA – JOINT TACTICAL EXERCISE GARUDA 2019

MONT-DE-MARSAN, FRANCE – From July 1 to 12, French Rafales, French Mirage 2000s and Indian Flankers operated together during joint tactical exercise GARUDA 2019 in France. The Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed 4 Su-30MKI Flankers, belonging to the 15th Wing (based at Bareily AFS), along with an Il-78MKI Midas aerial refueler from the 78th Sqn (based at Agra AFS), to Mont-de-Marsan in France for Exercise … Continue reading FRANCE AND INDIA – JOINT TACTICAL EXERCISE GARUDA 2019

Jet-powered flyboard soars over Paris for Bastille Day parade

JET-POWERED FLYBOARD STEALS THE SHOW AT BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN FRANCE

PARIS, FRANCE – Is it a drone? Is it a plane? Could it be the Green Goblin? No, it’s Franky Zapata with his Flyboard Air. Zapata is a former jetskiing champion, French military reservist and he is the inventor of the Flyboard Air. This year’s Bastille Day celebrations in France featured Zapata hovering above Paris on his jet-powered Flyboard Air. It was like a spectacular … Continue reading JET-POWERED FLYBOARD STEALS THE SHOW AT BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN FRANCE