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FRENCH AIR FORCE PATROUILLE DE FRANCE

France's national aerobatic team, the Patrouille de France, displays a formation of eight Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet E trainers. Based at Salon de Provence, the team celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013. It started out on the F-84G Thunderjet, followed by the Dassault Ouragan and Mystère IV, and then the Fouga Magister. During its time flying the distinctive butterfly-tailed Magister trainer, the Patrouille appeared at the first ever Air Tattoo at North Weald in 1971. Conversion to the Franco-German Alpha Jet occurred a decade later, and ever since then the type has proved a popular mount.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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