2015 Event Review

Feria de l’air 2015 Aeroport de Nimes Garons Sept 26-27, 2015
Location: Aeroport de Nimes Ales – Camargue – Cevenes
Admission: Sept 27 Adults:10€, childrens 12+ old 8€
Parking: not easy
Value: Good
Rating out of 10: 8
 
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The aviation event known as the Feria de l'Air or as Air Fest was held at the old Naval Air base Nîmes Garons. The Air Fest, the first one after nine years of absence, was a two day affair. Saturday, September 26th was dedicated for a Forum for students, and people interested in an aviation related career, training or retraining.  Access to the forum was free (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) On Sunday September 27th the air show was held open to the general public. We attended both days, but this short report will only cover the air show only The grounds opened at 9:00 a.m with the actual air show started at 1 p.m.
We along with the 30,000 people who attended enjoyed the variety of the aircraft performing from old warbirds to the latest French Air Force's jet. Where else could you see the power of the Rafale rubbing shoulders with a Piper Cub. The majesty of a Spitfire and its American cousin, the P51 Mustang. Agility of aerobatic planes, all under the wings of the majestic Catalina. In total there were 10 different nations with 70+ aircraft represented both flying and on display. Some of which we featured in depth in our magazine such as the Breguet ALIZE and the North American OV-10B Bronco you can read about them by clicking here.
There were several demonstration that provided included additional excitement by the Sécurité-Civile with water bombing demonstration By the Canadair CL415, and the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400MR.. There was also a medical emergency evacuation demonstration with an EC147 helicopter. The medical emergency services provide 24/7/365 in France with a personnel 184 and 35 helicopters. The event was closed with Rafale display by the French Navy as well as from the Air Force's Solo Team. This was Captain Benoit "TAO" Planche's last performance for the Rafale Demo Team, for 2016 he will become the Coach for the team, and the pilot will be Captain "Marty" Martinez JC. We would like to thank "TAO" for all the thrills that his outstanding flying skills provided for all the spectators through the past 3 years.
The Aviation Magazine would like to thank Mr. Alain Maire and his team for their warm welcome.
Performers included:

Ryan PT22

Douglas AD4 Skyraider

Spitfire PR XIX

North American P-51D Mustang

Buckner Bu 131

NA L 17 Navion

Dassault Rafale M - Marine,

Dassault Rafale Solo Demo Team

Dassault Falcon 50M

Eurocopter EC-145

Sécurité-Civile: Canadair CL-415, GRUMMAN S2 Tracker, Bombardier DASH 8 Q400 MILAN

Dornier DO 27

PBY-5 Catalina

Corsair FG1-D

Nord 3202B

Morane Saulnier G

North American OV-10B Bronco

Grumman TBM Avenger,

North American T6 Texan

Boeing PT17 Stearman

BLERIOT XI

Piper 22

Dassault MD 312 – 311

YAK 11

ZERO T6 (replica)

DEWOITINE D551 ET D26

Messerchmitt Bf 108 Taifun,

Morane Saulnier MS 406

MS 760 Paris

Hawker Hunter

Breguet ALIZE and so many more...

 

Report and photography by Patrice Olivier for The Aviation Magazine

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