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F1bThe static display offered a great variety of aircraft and was joy to see, even if the conditions for photography were not always that good.
The highlights were for sure the three special coloured Mirages, one of them, the Mirage 2000C of E.C. 2/12 "Picardie" just being finished two days before the show. Unfortunately this was due to the disbandment of the Squadron, the same reason why an F1CR was literally wearing black.

 

 

Mirage F1CR "Normandie-Niemen farewell"

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Mirage 2000C "E.C. 2/12 Picardie"

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Mirage F1B "Alsace" & Portuguese Alpha Jet

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OldThe display teams were lined up all along the taxiway and the long row made a most impressive sight. At the other end of the airfield the historic aircraft were parked and some oldtimer driving around and actors in ancient costumes gave an impression of what it might have looked like some decades ago.
In between the modern jets were parked, giving some good comparisons for example between the French Rafale, Swedish Gripen and an Italian Eurofighter. A German Tornado, American F-15E as well as several jets of the FAF rounded up the multifaceted line-up.

 

ancient Aircraft

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Mirage F1 & Mirage III

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different versions of the Mirage 2000

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more AdlA: C-160 Transall, Rafale, ALpha Jet & a Venom

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Italian Eurofighters, British Hawk, Belgian Alpha Jet

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Swedish Gripen, USAFE F-15E, German Tornado, Dutch F-16

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Expectations for the show were given the importance of the celebrations, but unfortunately the flying could not meet those, at least not in the eyes of the regular airshow visitors. Adding to this a second fence towards the runway made good photos impossible and demotivated the serious photographers.
However three stunning French special schemes in the static display made up for this, but nonetheless I skipped the second day at the show against a lazy Sunday back at home...

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