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Of course World War II played in – if not the - big part in the flying program.
It did amongst others remember the "Croix de Lorraine", the symbol of the Free French Forces, with a formation flight of the Stephen Gray's Curtis Hawk 75 and Daniel Koblet's Morane-Saulnier MS406.

2012 MS406 3959 700 470 90
2012 MS406 3959 100 67 85
LFA2012 Curtis H75 Hawk 3072 100 67 85
LFA2012 Curtis H75 Hawk 5545 100 67 85
LFA2012 MS406 3983 100 67 85
LFA2012 MS406 5533 100 67 85
Zfa2012 MS406 5539 100 67 85

The "Pearl Harbor" set-piece involved Zeros (well, actually these were T-6 trainer aircraft) and the P-40, and the "Eastern Front" scenario made use of the German Ju-52 and Storck aircraft as well as the Yaks that were on place.

LFA2012 N3N 3098 700 470 90
LFA2012 N3N 3098 100 67 85
LFA2012 T 6 3093 100 67 85
LFA2012 T 6 4055 100 67 85
LFA2012 Zero 4060 100 67 85
LFA2012 P 40 4044 700 470 90
LFA2012 P 40 4044 100 67 85
LFA2012 P 40 4081 100 67 85
LFA2012 Ju 52 4034 700 470 90
LFA2012 Ju 52 4034 100 67 85
LFA2012 Ju 52 6208 100 67 85
LFA2012 Po 2 6298 100 67 85
LFA2012 Storch 4024 100 67 85
LFA2012 Storch 5580 100 67 85
LFA2012 Storch 6192 100 67 85
LFA2012 Yak 3 4135 700 470 90
LFA2012 Yak 3 4135 100 67 85
LFA2012 Yaks 4673 100 67 85
LFA2012 Yaks 6270 100 67 85

More piston power from this era was presented by a Mustang, Spitfire, Sea Fury and the Red Bull P-38 Lightning:

LFA2012 P 51 3226 700 470 90
LFA2012 P 51 3226 100 67 85
LFA2012 P 51 3244 100 67 85
LFA2012 P 51 4238 100 67 85
LFA2012 P 51 4259 100 67 85
2012 Spitfire 3386 700 470 90
2012 Spitfire 3386 100 67 85
LFA2012 Spitfire 3373 100 67 85
LFA2012 Spitfire 5712 100 67 85
LFA2012 Spitfire 6530 100 67 85
2012 Sea Fury 6545 700 470 90
2012 Sea Fury 6545 100 67 85
LFA2012 Sea Fury 3365 100 67 85
LFA2012 Sea Fury 3391 100 67 85
LFA2012 Sea Fury 3412 100 67 85
2012 P 38 3184 700 470 90
2012 P 38 3184 100 67 85
LFA2012 P 38 3164 100 67 85
LFA2012 P 38 3196 100 67 85
LFA2012 P 38 4198 100 67 85
LFA2012 P 38 4605 100 67 85

Two Skyraiders and a T-28 Trojan flew during an impressive background music representing "Vietnam", which of course involved many protechnical effects:

LFA2012 Skyraider 4546 700 470 90
LFA2012 Skyraider 4546 100 67 85
LFA2012 Skyraider 4568 100 67 85
LFA2012 Skyraider 4691 100 67 85
LFA2012 Skyraider 5788 100 67 85
LFA2012 Skyraider 5838 100 67 85

Shortly before the end of the show two Dassault Flamands give a nice presentation in formation. It did not matter that at this time of they day the sun was nearly facing the crowds, as it generated some nice effects on their aluminum fuselages:

LFA2012 Dassault Flamand 3464 700 470 90
LFA2012 Dassault Flamand 3464 100 67 85
LFA2012 Dassault Flamand 4511 100 67 85
LFA2012 Dassault Flamand 4524 100 67 85
LFA2012 Dassault Flamand 4615 100 67 85
LFA2012 Dassault Flamand 5823 100 67 85

The closure of the program was up to the Armée de l'Air with the Solo Demo of the Rafale and last but not least the Patrouille de France.

LFA2012 Rafale 3506 700 470 90
LFA2012 Rafale 3506 100 67 85
LFA2012 Rafale 3521 100 67 85
LFA2012 Rafale 3546 100 67 85
LFA2012 Rafale 4589 100 67 85
LFA2012 Patrouille De France 4102 700 470 90
LFA2012 Patrouille De France 4102 100 67 85
LFA2012 Patrouille De France 6255 100 67 85
LFA2012 Patrouille De France 6260 100 67 85
LFA2012 Patrouille De France 6261 100 67 85
LFA2012 Patrouille De France 6281 100 67 85

In the end the Sopwith Strutter still flew, but not seen by most of the visitors which were already queueing on the parking place on their way out.

So once again the "Temps des Helices" proved to be an excellent day out with much variety in the air and an excellent atmosphere on the ground.
It was my 5th visit to La Ferté-Alais this time and for sure not my last!

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