|Belgian Participation at EMS 2006|
the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) organizes the “Enseignements
Militaire Superieure” (EMS) exhibition at Base Aérienne number 123
Orleans. The aim of this exhibition is to demonstrate the capabilities of
the French Air Force and especially the CFAP (Commandement de la Force
Aérienne de Projection or Transport Command) and the CFAC (Commandement de
la Force Aérienne de Combat or Fighter Command). In 2006 the 16th edition
of this event was organised on September 21st. Some 200 students from all
military academies in France and invited military attaché’s from foreign
embassies in Paris were present.
The crowded flightline at BA 279 Chateaudun
Besides Armée de l’Air aircraft, the flying part of the exhibition also included the French Navy E-2 and Rafale, English and German Tornado’s, Belgian F-16’s (FA-82 and FA-136) and Swiss F-18’s. The show was enhanced with pyrotechnics to simulate bomb attacks. Aim of this dynamic show was to show fighter roles like ground attack, SAM suppression and CAP (Combat Air Patrol). The transport aircraft delivered paratroopers and cargo by parachute. One C-160 landed on the grass strip to deliver a jeep to support the landed parachutists. Upon landing, the paratroopers 'freed' some (fake) hostages and took them away in the C-160, taking off from the grass strip. After the cargo aircraft, some helicopters showed a Search and Rescue (SAR) mission, using Puma and Gazelle helicopters.
Belgian Lockheed F-16AM FA-82 taxies out for its display rehearsal
On September 20th, the rehearsal of the participating fighter aircraft was photographed at the Chateaudun base, at 40 km distance from the Orleans base. The flightline was filled with some 30 aircraft: French Rafales, Mirage 2000 C,D,N’s, Mirage F-1’s, English and German Tornado’s, Belgium F-16’s and Swiss F-18’s. In the afternoon the machines were prepared for the rehearsals and after take-off circled the base until they had to perform their demonstration at Orleans.
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Text and pictures by
© Joris van Boven
Sentry Aviation News (October 2006)
Last updated 08/10/06 20:55 Daniel Brackx