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2011 Air Shows
Saint Dizier Air Show, June 18-19
Location: Saint Dizier AFB, France
Admission: 10€ for adults, 5€ for students (12-18 years), free for children (up to 12 years), veterans holding Medals from the French Air Force, and for the disabled.
Parking: Free as it was included with admission
Value: Good
Saint Dizier AFB, France
The charity air show by the " la Fondation des Oeuvres Sociales de l'Air” was held at the Saint Dizier Air Force Base. The AFB is located close to St Dizier (100 km north-east to Reims and 100 km west to Nancy, France).
More than 50,000 visitors attended over the two days, this great aeronautical festival which coincided with the 60th anniversary of the base and the 30,000th flight-hour of the Rafale with the operational units of the French Air Force.
For the photographers and spectators, it was an excellent show due to the way the main runway is laid out. The runway is west-east orientated; the only taxiway is south of the main runway. Throughout the day, the sun was behind the spectator’s backs (just perfect for photography) and the crowds were very close to the taxiing aircraft.
The show was continuous from ten in the morning till six in the evening. It included flight demonstrations from vintage aircraft, helicopters, to the newest generation of combat and transport aircraft in the service of the French. Also were several visiting foreign armed forces, as well as national and private aerobatic teams including the "Patrouille de France."
The highlight was the solo display of the French Rafale. Two Rafales with the numbers 118 (113-IW) and 121 (113-IZ) were painted in an outstanding black-gray scheme, dazzling the spectators on their own home turf, as they operate from the St. Dizier AFB.
The weather was an interesting mixture from sunny to cloudy, with a few thunderstorms, lightning, and hailstones thrown in for the fun of it!
AirShowsReview would like to thank Monsieur CDT Philippe Chaillet from the French Press Office in Paris (SIRPA) and Madame Marlene Gaudin-Aspis of the French Air Force Public Affairs located at St. Dizier AFB, for their generous cooperation, hospitality and friendliness!
Some of the participants on flying or on static display were:
  • Patrouille de France
  • Red Arrows
  • Royal Jordanian Falcons
  • Breitling Jet Team
  • REVA Team
  • F/A-18 Swiss Air Force
  • F-16 Belgian Air Force
  • Su-22UM- Polish Air Force
  • Mil Mi 35V Hind
  • Mirage 2000N
  • Rafale
  • plus and many more...

 

Special paint scheme of the Rafale

Patrouille de France
The German Eurofighter EF 2000 / Typhoon
The Swiss F/A-18
SU-22UM- Polish Air Force with Tiger markings
Rating: 9 out of 10
Report and images by Peter Thivessen for AIRSHOWSREVIEW LLC.
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