Category Airshows

“Destination: Oshkosh, 2017″

By: Category: AirshowsEAA AirVentureWarbird

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What’s a girl to do? It’s another grey day in Indiana. The sun is not even trying to peek though and I want to go flying! I’m grounded. And I don’t have a pilot’s license or a pilot (for that matter.) I look at the calendar and see that we are just under 30 days until EAA AirVenture!!! It’s that time again. Time to see friends I only get to see once a year. Some come to Oshkosh for the 10,000+ airplanes. I go to Oshkosh for the 500,000+ people and to see my friends from Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, West Virginia, even Canada and New Zealand. I can’t wait to see their smiling faces and hear about their journey to OSH17.

In just under thirty days, my boys and I will awake to the sounds of Team Aeroshell or the GEICO SkyTypers. No alarm is ever needed...

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Patrouille de France and New York State Police at Newburg

By: Category: AirshowsEvents

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Credit all photos to Bill Sarama, except where noted…

It’s a clear and warm Sunday morning in April in Upstate New York. What a great day to see both the French Air Force Demo Team and the NY State Police Aviation Unit, all in the same day!!

On Sunday, April 23rd, the French Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the “Patrouille de France”, (PdF), gave a special VIP performance at the Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. The “Patrouille de France” is the French Air Force equivalent of the US Air Force “Thunderbirds” Air Demonstration Squadron...

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Patrouille de France Crew Members Share Stories in Melbourne

By: Category: AirshowsMilitary

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This year’s Melbourne Air and Space show was special in that it marked the first American air show performance by the Patrouille de France. I had the pleasure of speaking with a few of the pilots at the take-off party at the Hilton Rialto place Friday night before the show. If you have the opportunity to attend one of these events, I highly recommend it. Nearly all of the performing pilots were there taking pictures, signing autographs and sharing stories with fans.

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I was slightly apprehensive to “interview” these guys at such a busy event, but quickly realized they were more than happy to answer my questions. I first met Captain William Leroy, more commonly known as Athos 5...

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Patrouille de France 2017 North American Tour Begins!

By: Category: AirshowsLukeMilitaryVisitors

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France’s Armee De L’Air – sometimes known in the United States as the French Air Force – has send some of their most visible ambassadors on a seven week tour across the Atlantic Ocean, to North America. The Patrouille de France, the Air Force’s jet aerobatic team, have embarked with their eight primary Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets, along with two other spare jets, and an Airbus A-400M Atlas support aircraft. A French Navy (Maritime) Falcon 50 tri-jet (a maritime patrol aircraft) led the procession across the chilly ocean, through some amazingly cold weather. Their tour’s logistics are eye opening and their itinerary full of symbolic gestures and historic events; here’s an overview of the early springtime tour.

PHXSpotters representatives were honored to be included in a welco...

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