Meeting du Centenaire

Article Index

The Meeting du Centenaire – "Meeting of the Centennial" – was announced as a big celebration of the first airshow held at Reims in August 1909, celebrated at the location that is today the airbase BA112 of the French Air Force. Additionally to this reason it was also the last meeting at this airbase which is due to close in 2011.

Top

Where? Reims, BA112 - France
When?
27-28/07/2009

MeetingMany display teams have been invited to the show additionally to the French regulars Patrouille de France and the civil Breitling Jet Team: Red Arrows, Patrulla Aguilla, Royal Jordanian Falcons or the Asas de Portugal.
In addition to these modern teams many aircraft from all eras were invited to attend the show. Unfortunately they flew only in the early morning hours (= only half an hour after the opening of the gates...) and on Saturday morning even in dull weather conditions. Therefore many spectators missed these fabulous aircraft that still transfer the spirit of flying of the past. Especially the Blériot monoplane is always an amazing sight in the air, but also the Noratlas, the only remaining flying example worldwide, is an amazing sight with its nice display routine. But, due to the early start, both of these acts were only seen from the far distance when I was about to enter airfield.

 

two of the Display Teams: Patrulla Aguilla & Breitling Jet Team

061 ---- 062 ---- 063 ---- 064

TailsUnfortunately the attendance of French Air Force (FAF) aircraft, especially the venerable Mirage F1s, which are now all based at Reims, was also quite low – or my expectations were too high, I do not know...?! The F1s did only one single recce pass as a two-ship on Saturday with no flying activity at all on Sunday. Two Mirage 2000 took of for a fly-by with a KC-135F tanker and did a fly-by afterwards. Among the FAF only the Rafale stood out at the end of the afternoon with a splendid solo display routine and this aircraft is surely to become a highlight of the airshows in the future.

 

Armée De l'Air flying: KC-135F & Mirage 2000

037 ---- 038 ---- 039 ---- 040

Mirage 2000 fly-bys

041 ---- 042 ---- 043 ---- 044

Mirage F1

045 ---- 046 ---- 047 ---- 048

Foreign aircraft participating were the F-16 display teams from the Netherlands and Belgium - both arriving on Saturday midday directly from the event held at Zeltweg and flew later in the afternoon.

Swedish Gripen

049 ---- 050 ---- 051 ---- 052

Dutch F-16

053 ---- 054 ---- 055 ---- 056

Belgian F-16

057 ---- 058 ---- 059 ---- 060

French Alpha Jet & Fouga Magister

065 ---- 066 ---- 067 ---- 068

some more flying: Morane, PAF Alpha Jef, USAFE KC-135

069 ---- 070 ---- 071 ---- 

 

recently published

18 Duxford Legends 1807 3215

Duxford Flying Legends 2018

Duxford’s Flying Legends 2018 was a show to remember. Not only was the legendary warbirds airshow blessed with stunning summer weather and deep blue skies on Sunday, it also featured many impressive warbird formations, amongst them a stunning 4-ship formation of Buchons - a real treat Read More
18 SIAF 1808 8610

Slovak International Air Fest - SIAF 2018

Travelling to countries operating the MiG-29 is usually a safe bet to see this great looking jet from the Soviet-era in the air. This was also true for the Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) at Sliac, Slovakia. But the SIAF airshow was also a clear Read More
18 Tsuiki Airshow 1811 5912

Tsuiki Airshow 2018

The Tsuiki airshow 2018 was a blast! After some visits to this show two important things for a successful event came together that year: great flying and nice weather. As the weather can get nasty at the end of November on the Southern Japanese island Read More
WoH17 1710 3336

Wings over Houston Airshow

Wings over Houston 2017 was an awesome airshow! Plenty of warbirds, a Messerschmitt Me 262, jets from the Vietnam era, amongst them the venerable F-4D Phantom II, made up for a great program. This great mix on show at Ellington Airport in the South of Read More
  • 1

more Airshows

09  0907 5045

Duxford Flying Legends

Though many aircraft of the "The Fighter Collection" (TFC) were grounded this year, the Flying Legends Airshow 2009 offered many stunning views and was rated by many amongst the best events ever that Duxford airfield Read More
07  WTD 0709 3984

50 Jahre WTD61

A 50th anniversary is always something special, and when a flight test centre is celebrating it you have the right ingredients for a lot of surprises. Exactly that was the case at Manching near Ingolstadt Read More
06  0606 9235

Colmar Open Doors

In combination with the 65th anniversary of the "Group de Chasse" GC 01/030 "Alsace" a Open Doors Day (Journée Portes Ouvertes or JPO) was organized at the Base Aérienne BA 132 Colmar Meyenheim on Sunday, Read More
05  0506 6879

RDAF Airshow 2005

Surely everybody knows the feeling when he is heading enthusiastically to an airshow hundreds of miles away to find out that the airfield is covered by a low layer of dark gray clouds combined with Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24

Statistics

Today 74

Yesterday 83

Week 74

Month 1640

All 93635