Last Sunday, we attended the “1st meeting aerien” (air show) in Francazal, an initiative launched by the association Des Etoiles et des Ailes. The event, in my opinion, was a success measured by the aircraft it gathered and the audience that came to it, despite some logistics issues that need to be improved for a future edition.
More than 50 aircraft were gathered in Francazal, a small airport South of Toulouse. Most of them took part in the dynamic display, not only in the static one. As we came with the baby, we only spent about 2 hours. Nevertheless, we had time to see the following highlights:
- The 11th brigade of parachuters jumping from a N2501 Noratlas.
- The Noratlas itself flying (this model was announced as the only Nord Aviation Noratlas in flying condition in the world today).
- A Japanese Mitsubishi A6M (Zero) and a North American T-6 Texan chasing each other, memories of WWII.
- A North American P-51 Mustang flying, for many aficionados one of the most beautiful airplanes.
- A former Air France DC-3 flying, once a common view, not so nowadays. (a joke a local told me in relation to current AF pilots’ strike: “this might be the only Air France taking off today”, a DC-3 in 2014 ;-)).
- The “Patrouille de France” from l’Armee de l’Air in action, made up of Alpha Jets.
- The “Breitling Jet Team” in action, made up of L-39 Albatros.
I wanted to share here some of the pictures and videos we took:
Listen to it here:
Listen to it here:
… see it taking off here:
… and see it overflying Francazal here:
Other day, I will devote one post just with a video of the Patrouille de France performance.
Note: the last time I had attended a show here in Toulouse vicinity was in Muret 2011, you may see the post I wrote then about it.
3 responses to “Francazal air show 2014”
Fantastic pictures that you got! Did Andrea show interest in any special type? Lucky family to be able to attend such events.
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