Each year, the French Air Force (Armee de l’Air) organizes the "Enseignements Militaire Superieure" (EMS) exhibition at Base Aerienne number 123 Orleans. The aim is of this exhibition to demonstrate the capabilities of the French Air Force. For CFAP (Commandement de la Force Aérienne de Projection or Transport Command) and for CFAC (Commandement de la Force Aérienne de Combat or Fighter Command). In 2006 it was held for the 16th time on September 21st. Some 200 students from all military academies in France and invited military attaché’s from foreign embassies in Paris were present.
At the static show, all French fighter types and transport aircraft types showed their weapons and capabilities. Various military students in colorful uniforms from all countries over the world walked around and in the aircraft. Besides the regular French aircraft like the Mirage 2000, Mirage F1, Rafale, C-160, E-3, C-135F and C-130, there were also participants from the European Air Group (EAG) present, like German Tornado and Phantom, Italian AMX and Spanish CN-235.
During the afternoon, the dynamic show was performed by transport aircraft flying from Base Aerienne 123 Orleans and fighter aircraft from Base Aerienne 279 Chateaudun.
Besides French Air Force aircraft, there were French Navy E-3 and Rafale, English and German Tornado’s, Belgium F-16’s and Swiss F-18’s in the dynamic show. 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 parachutists and cargo by parachute. One C-160 landed on the grass strip to deliver a jeep to support the landed parachutists.
After landing, the parachutists ‘released’ 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.
On September 20th, the rehearsal of the participating fighter aircraft was photographed at the Chateaudun base, at 40 kilometers 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 aircraft were prepared for the rehearsals. After take-off, the aircraft circled the base until they had to perform their demonstration at Orleans.
Acknowledgments: Thanks to SIRPA.AIR (Paris) for their support.
Source: G.J.A. van Boven/Sentry Aviation News
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