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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 65th anniversary in 2018. 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.