Francazal air show 2014

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:

Nord Aviation Noratlas.

Nord Aviation Noratlas.

Nord Aviation Noratlas in static display.

Nord Aviation Noratlas in static display.

Mitshubishi Zero.

Mitsubishi Zero.

North American T-6 Texan

North American T-6 Texan

North American P-51 Mustang taxiing.

North American P-51 Mustang taxiing.

Listen to it here:

North American P-51 Mustan in static display.

North American P-51 Mustang in static display.

Andrea and I posing in front of a DC-3.

Andrea and I posing in front of a DC-3.

DC-3 with engines running.

DC-3 with engines running.

Listen to it here:

… see it taking off here:

… and see it overflying Francazal here:

Boeing PT 18 Stearman

Boeing PT 18 Stearman in static display.

Douglas AD-4 Skyraider in static display.

Douglas AD-4 Skyraider in static display.

The Breitling Jet Team L-39 Albatros.

The Breitling Jet Team L-39 Albatros.

La Patrouille de France, beginning of the show.

La Patrouille de France, beginning of the show.

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.

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3 responses to “Francazal air show 2014

  1. 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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