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EMS 2001

All photo's:
G.J.A. van Boven
© Sentry Aviation News


EMS 2001 Cazaux 20010920

Static Show
Taxiing out
Taxiing back
List of participating aircraft
Route flown

Taxiing out

The afternoon showed an impressive line of armed aircraft taxiing out to the runway.
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After lunch all aircraft taxied with full armament to the runway and took off. They formed their formations and started the 30 minute exhibition of the concepts.
The demonstrated concepts at the range consisted of:
  1. A peculiar formation of a French C-135F (with a basket!) and 3 Belgium F-16's
  2. A pre-strike ELINT flight of a C-160 Gabriel
  3. Rocket attacks by Jaguars and Mirages
  4. Strafing attacks by F-16's and Mirages
  5. Bombing attacks by Mirages, F-16's and Tornado's
  6. Post-strike reconnaisance by Mirages

These attacks demonstrated the concepts of SAM suppression, Fighter protection and Close Air Support. At a distance of some 500 meters, the sights/sounds/vibrations of exploding bombs and rockets and the strafing were very impressive. Following the demonstrations all aircraft returned safely to the base.
Fortunatley, the nuclear strike was not demonstrated that day.............
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Strange artefact is a French C-135 (with hose-and-drogue system) flying in formation with 3 F-16's that are only capable of boom refuelling....... This kind of AAR will never occur.


Taxiing back

After the bombing missions, the planes taxied back. Not all the bombs and rockets were released.
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The local AlphaJets were lined up at their normal line.
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Besides the 400 military invitees, some 40 media invitees participated on the 2 day trip. The trip for the media was organised by the French Air Force Public Affairs Department (SIRPA.AIR), flying their 'own' CN235.

With busses all invitees and media were driven from Paris to BA Orleans. After the CFAP demonstration and a good diner everybody was flown to Cazaux in C160's, C-130's and CN235's. Arriving at the hotel at Cazaux after midnight.
The next morning the CFAC ground exhibition, a good lunch at noon and the CFAC live demonstration at the range were followed by a flight to Villacoublay. Where busses were present to bring everybody back to Paris.
ParisBA 117 Near la porte de Sèvres
VillacoublayBA 107LFPV 
OrleansBA 123LFOJCFAP exhibition
CazauxBA 120LFBCCFAC exhibition


Thanks to SIRPA.AIR and the organisers at Orleans and Cazaux.

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