(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

User Rating: 0 / 5

Please rate this article:
0 of 5 - 0 votes
Thank you for rating this article.

 Where? Reims - France
When? 04/07/2004

Reims, the capital of the Campagne, France's finest wine region, is also home of the French Air Forces (FAF) Base aérienne 112 (Air Base 112) "Commandant Marin-La-Meslée" which host three fighter wings equipped with Mirage F1. The jets and the prospect of some nice food and wine in the evening made the long trip to this year's open day worthwhile.

 A lot anniversaries were the reason to celebrate in Reims:

  • + 90 years of the first three reconnaissance squadrons, which were honoured by special paintings on three Mirage F1 CR
    + 20 years of the Mirage F1 CR
    + 10 years of the arrival of the squadrons 1/33 "Belfort" and 2/33 "Savoie" in Reims, the two squadrons were previously based at Strasbourg
    + 60 years of the moving of the group "Lorraine", of which Squadron 3/33 is the heir, to France, thus the special colours on a Mirage F1 B
    Furthermore the meeting was part of the festivities due to the 70th anniversary of the FAF.

 The static display as well as the flight display was very varied, as usual for a French Airshow. Oldtimers and modern jets stood side by side. Fortunately the FAF organized a Spotter's Day on the Saturday before the show, where we were blessed, besides some slight showers, with sunshine and nice flight displays. Sunday was completely different with clouds from the early morning on. After the less interesting displays it finally began to rain so that I decided to leave early. That was no hard decision as I have already seen the flight displays I wanted to see the day before.  Among them were the Reims based Mirage F1CR and the Mirage IV display. That particular display consisted only of several fly-bys, but with the Mirage IV phase-out early next year that was one of the last chances to see this mighty Mirage fly. Further displays were the usual Magisters and F-16s, nothing you can't see as well on other shows.
More interesting was the static display with numerous types of the FAF and other nations. Among them 4 s/c Mirages and some Jaguars, and a colourful mix of vintage aircraft that participated in the flight display as well.
So despite the bad weather it was really a nice week-end and another confirmation that one Open Doors day in France per year is a must. A least for me ;)

Static Display - Special Coloured Mirages

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open


recently published

Warbirds over the Beach

(Reading time: 3 - 5 minutes)

Warbirds over the Beach Airshow, Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach
Where? Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
When? 19-21/05/2017

„Warbirds over the Beach“ is the annual airshow of the Military Aviation Museum (MAM) at Virginia Beach with a strong focus on aircraft of the WWII era. Each year during the May weekend before Memorial Day the majority of warbirds from the 1940s era being part of the fantastic collection of the MAM are literally unleashed and take to the air from a small private airstrip just South of Virgina Beach on the US Atlantic shoreline.

Read more ...

more Airshows

Manching WTD61

(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

Manching - Tag der Bundeswehr 2015
Where? Manching, Bavaria, Germany
When? 13/06/2015

Open days of the Luftwaffe in Germany do happen regularly, but events with a flying display are few and far between. To mark the 60th anniversary of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) and 25 years of the German “Unity Army” the “Tag der Bundeswehr” was celebrated on different locations all around Germany on June, 13th. Amongst others also at the WTD61 in Manching, being the only location to feature a flying display of jet aircraft.

Read more ...

more Air-Air

Yak-3 D-FJAK - A Red Star over Germany

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

 Yak-3M D-FJAK

Yak-3 D-FJAK

During the summer 2003 I have had the possibility to make a photo flight with the then only flying Jak-3 in Germany.
The Jak-3 with the registration D-FJAK is based in Freiburg, a city in the southwest of Germany and beautifully located between the banks of the river Rhein and the Black Forest.

Read more ...

Twitter feed

My Warbird Book

photos on www.airfighters.com