Armed Forces Overviews
Armée de l'Air
Armée de l'Air
French Air Force
BREAK..BREAK..BREAK..the future of the Armée de l'Air, the Rafale omnirole fighter, shows its elegant lines and the new AASM guided bombs. Flown by the active unit EC01.007, after the air defence role, also the ground attack role has been added to the tasks of this unit.
Photo: Stephan de Bruijn
Abidjan/Port Bouet (Côte d'Ivoire) (DIAP)
BA de Abidjan, Félix Houphouet-Boigny Intl
Rwy: 03/21
Pos: 05°15'16"N 003°55'43"W
Elev: 21 ft
Operation Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge


Force Licorne AS555AN
C-160R (loan)
..
..-..
This is a temporary mission under supervision of UN.

Abu Dhabi/Al Dhafra (United Arab Emirates) (OMAM)
Rwy: 13/31
Pos: 24°14'54"N 054°32'52"E
Elev: 76 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EC 03.030
Lorraine
SPA38 Rafale C Chardon Lorrain 104-..


SAL56 Rafale C Scarabée 104-..
This base has been allocated BA104 and houses also a KC-135R on detachment.

Ambérieu (LFXA)
BA278
Rwy: 01/19, 02/20 (grass)
Pos: 45°59'14"N 005°19'42"E
Elev: 823 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
CMP 22.535

- D140R
Various gliders
..

Avord (LFOA)
BA702
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 47°03'12"N 002°37'57"E
Elev: 580 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EAT 00.319
Capitaine Dartigues
1 EIV EMB121AA
EMB121AN
Fourchambault ..
..
EDCA 00.036
Berry
-
EDCA 01.036

SAL58 E-3F Coq 702-C.


BR43 E-3F Charognard 702-C.
EDCA 02.036

SAL253 E-3F Tete de dogue 702-C.


SAL257 E-3F Masse d'armes 702-C.

Bangui/M'Poko (FEFF)
Operation Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge


Force Sangaris AS555AN W.
This is a temporary mission under supervision of UN.

Bordeaux/Mérignac (LFBD)
BA106
Rwy: 05/23, 11/29
Pos: 44°49'42"N 000°42'56"W
Elev: 162 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 00.043
Médoc
ELA43 TBM-700A Médoc X.
EIE TBM700

ELA44 TBM-700A Mistral (EL00.044) X.

Cayenne/Rochambeau (French Guiana) (SOCA)
BA367
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 04°49'11"N 052°21'38"W
Elev: 26 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 00.068
Antilles-Guyane
SPA152 SA330Ba
AS555AN
Crocodile A.
..


(1 Esc) CN235M-200 Antilles (EHOM00.058) 62-..

Cazaux (LFBC)
BA120
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 44°32'00"N 001°07'30"W
Elev: 84 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ETO 01.008
Saintonge
3C2 Alpha Jet E Trident ailé 120-..


4C1 Alpha Jet E Lion bondissant 120-..
ETO 02.008
Nice
SPA73 Alpha Jet E Cigogne 120-..


SPA78 Alpha Jet E Panthère noire 120-..


11sm Alpha Jet B+ Chauce souris
EH 01.067
Pyrénées
(1 Esc) EC725R2 EH02.065 S.


(2 Esc) SA330Ba Valmy (EH02.067) ..
ETO HM

V571 SA330Ba
EC725R2
Tête de tigre ..
S.
DGA-EV

- Various ..
ETO01.08 and ETO02.008 are part of the French - Belgium Advanced Jet Training School (AJeTS) with the 3th escadrille of ETO02.008 having taken over the traditions of the Belgian 11sm.
DGA-EV uses various aircraft types like the Alpha Jet E, Mirage 2000C, Mirage 2000B, Mirage 2000D, Mirage 2000N, Falcon 20, CASA212, SA330Ba, SA365N and AS555UN.

Châteaudun (LFOC)
BA279
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 48°03'29"N 001°22'35"E
Elev: 432 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EdC 00.070
Châteaudun
- TBM-700A X.
Escadron de Convoyage 00.070 is supporting the large maintenance and storage facility at Chateaudun.

Cognac/Châteaubernard (LFBG)
BA709
Rwy: 05/23, 09/27
Pos: 45°39'30"N 000°19'03"W
Elev: 102 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EPAA 00.315

-
EIV 01.013
Artois
SPA83 TB-30 Chimère 315-..


SPA100 TB-30 Hirondelle 315-..


SPA155 TB-30 Petit Poucet 315-..
EIV 02.012
Picardie
SPA172 TB-30 Perroquet 315-..


SPA173 TB-30 Oiseau de Paradis 315-..


EALA 9/72 TB-30 Petit Prince 315-..
EFIP 01.011
Roussillon
1e de GCIII/6 TB-30 Masque tragédie 315-..


2e de GCIII/6 TB-30 Masque comédie 315-..
ED 01.033
Belfort
VR291 SIDM MALE
MQ-9
Lynx lunaire F-SDA.


SAL33 SIDM MALE la Hache d’A. Bordage F-SDA.
The Reapers are operated out of Holloman AFB, USA.
For the next ten years, SOCATA/EADS has taken over pilot training and will use 24 modernized TB30s. They are also using 18 civil registrated Grob 120A-Fs.

Creil (LFPC)
BA110
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 49°15'13"N 002°31'09"E
Elev: 291 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 01.062
Vercors
SPA-bi55 CN235M-200 Lévrier 62-I.


SAL8 CN235M-200 Croix de Lorraine Rouge 62-I.
ET 03.062
Ventoux
SAL105 CN235M-300 Diable Grenadier 62-H.


VR551 CN235M-300 Chamelier Targui 62-H.
EIE CN235M

SPA Bi2 CN235M-200
CN235M-300
Triquètre 62-I.
62-H.
For QRA purposes, two Mirage 2000C of Cambrai are on detachment here.

Dijon/Longvic (LFSD)
BA102
Rwy: 01/19, 17/35
Pos: 47°15'57"N 005°05'42"E
Elev: 726 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EE 02.002
Côte d'Or
SPA65 Alpha Jet E Chimére d'argent 102-..


SPA57 Alpha Jet E Mouette passant au naturel 102-..
ET 00.041
Moselle
ELA41 TBM-700A Verdun X.

The Alpha Jets of EE 05.002 and their pilots perform many roles, including one known as the Aggressor during air-to-air missions. Other roles include banner towing or radar calibration flights. Furthermore, the unit also conduct ground attack missions (CAS) for the training of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) and Forward Air Controllers (FAC).
Photo: Stephan de Bruijn
Djibouti/Ambouli (HDAM)
BA188
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 11°32'51"N 043°09'34"E
Elev: 49 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 00.088
Larzac
BR120 C160R (loan) Croix de Lorraine au Chardon 61-..


BR117 SA330Ba Coq Bombardier ..
EC 03.011
Corse
SPA88 Mirage 2000-5
Mirage 2000D
Serpent 188-..
188-..


SPA69 Mirage 2000-5
Mirage 2000D
Chat 188-..
188-..
EDCA 00.036
Berry
Force Atalanta E-3F 702-C.
In the near future, ET00.088 will see its Transalls being replaced by CN235s.

Dushanbe (Tajikistan) (UTDD)
Душанбе
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 38°32'36"N 068°49'30"E
Elev: 2580 ft
Operation Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge


Force PAMIR/Heracles C-160R
This is a temporary mission under supervision of NATO ending before 2013.

Evreux/Fauville (LFOE)
BA105
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 49°01'43"N 001°13'12"E
Elev: 464 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
GAM 00.056
Vaucluse
- DHC-6-300
EC725L2
C-160R (on loan)
C-130H/H-30
C.
F.
S.
64-..
61-P.
ET 01.064
Béarn
SAL14 C-160R Griffon ailé 64-G.


SAL18 C-160R Le personnage dans le vent des hélices 64-G.
ET 02.064
Anjou...feu!
BR131 C-160R Chimére ailée chevauchant une bombe 64-G.


BR132 C-160R Dragon annamite 64-G.
EEA 00.054
Dunkerque
SPA-bi 20 C-160G Gabriel Lion des Flandres ..
EIE 01.340

GMT59 C-160R Orléans 64-..

Istres/Le Tubé (LFMI)
BA125
Rwy: 15/33
Pos: 43°31'22"N 004°55'26"E
Elev: 82 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
GRV 02.091
Bretagne
BR108 C-135FR Le Pégase 93-C.


VB25 C-135FR Étoile américaine 93-C.


BR129 C-135FR Lapin trimardeur 93-C.


SAL22 C-135FR Louve Romaine 93-C.
DGA-EV

- Various ..


EPNER Various ..
EC 02.004
La Fayette
N124 Mirage 2000N La Fayette - Tete de Sioux 125-..


SPA167 Mirage 2000N Cigogne de Romanet 125-..


SPA81 Mirage 2000N Lévrier 125-..


CFEN Mirage 2000N 125-..


SPA96 Mirage 2000N Gaulois 125-..
ETO01.08 and ETO02.008 are part of the French - Belgium Advanced Jet Training School (AJeTS) with the 3th escadrille of ETO02.008 having taken over the traditions of the Belgian 11sm.
DGA-EV uses various aircraft types like the Alpha Jet E, Mirage 2000C, Mirage 2000B, Mirage 2000D, Mirage 2000N, Falcon 20, CASA212, SA330Ba, SA365N and AS555UN.

There were fifteen Boeing C-135FR tanker aircraft delivered but one has crashed in 1972. The remaining have been modified with four CFM56 engines delivered. The C135FR are equipped with one centreline mounted flyable boom. A boom drogue adapter (BDA) can be set for probe equipped aircraft. Also, it is fitted with 2 wing mounted FRL Mk32B air refuelling pods.
Photo: Sjoerd Drost
Libreville/Leon M'Ba (Gabon) (FOOL)
Rwy: 16/34
Pos: 00°27'30"N 009°24'44"E
Elev: 38 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 00.055
Ouessant
- C-160R (loan)
CN235M-200 (loan)
AS555AN
61-..
62-..
..
This base has been allocated DA470.

Luxeuil/St.Sauveur (LFSX)
BA116
Rwy: 04/22, 11/29
Pos: 47°46'59"N 006°21'51"E
Elev: 913 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EC 01.002
Cigognes
SPA3 Mirage 2000-5F Cigogne de Guynemer 116-..


SPA103 Mirage 2000-5F Cigogne de Fonck 116-..


SPA26 Mirage 2000-5F Cigogne de Saint Galmier 116-..

Mont-de-Marsan (LFBM)
BA118
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 43°54'42"N 000°30'27"W
Elev: 203 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
CEAM

- TBM-700A X.
ECE 05.330
Côte d'Argent
BR128 Mirage 2000 versions
Rafale B/C
Alpha Jet E
Le Scarebe Blanc 118-..
118-..
118-..


BR127 Mirage 2000 versions
Rafale B/C
Alpha Jet E
Le Tigre 118-..
118-..
118-..
ER 02.033
Savoie
SAL6 Mirage F1CR
Mirage F1B
Mouette Rhénane 112-..
112-..


BR11 Mirage F1CR
Mirage F1B
Cocotte de gueules 112-..
112-..


C53 Mirage F1CR
Mirage F1B
Fanion 112-..
112-..
EC 02.030
Normandie-Niemen
SPA91 Rafale B
Rafale C
Aigle à tête de mort 118-..
118-..


SPA93 Rafale B
Rafale B
Col Vert 118-..
118-..


SPA97 Rafale B
Rafale C
Fanion aux Hermines 118-..
118-..
All Mirage F1s will have been decommissioned in 2014.

The tiger spirit is clear in this abundant colour scheme, celebrating the Tiger Meet 2009 at Kleine Brogel, Belgium. Both flights of EC 05.330 have a tiger in their badge, as is EC 05.330 itself. This test unit, part of CEAM, has also all other fighters in its inventory.
Photo: Mike Schoenmaker
N'Djamena/Hassan Djamous (FTTJ)
Rwy: 05/23
Pos: 12°07'30"N 015°01'29"E
Elev: 968 ft
Operation Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge


Force Sangaris Rafale C


Force Épervier Rafale C
Mirage 2000D
C-135FR
C-160R
CN235M-200

133-..
These are temporary missions by the French Government.

Nancy/Ochey (LFSO)
BA133
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 48°34'59"N 005°57'18"E
Elev: 1106 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EC 01.003
Navarre
SPA95 Mirage 2000D Martinet dans un Fanion 133-..


SPA153 Mirage 2000D Gypaète 133-..


SPA62 Mirage 2000D Coq de Combat 133-..
EC 02.003
Champagne
SPA67 Mirage 2000D Cicogne de Navarre 133-..


SPA75 Mirage 2000D Aigle Egyptien 133-..


SPA102 Mirage 2000D Soleil de Rhodes 133-..
EC 03.003
Ardennes
1.GC III/3 Mirage 2000D Hure de Sanglier - Barre Bleue 133-..


2.GC III/3 Mirage 2000D Hure de Sanglier - Barre Rouge 133-..


BR44 Mirage 2000D Sanglier assis 133-..
ETD 02.007
Argonne
SPA31 Mirage 2000D Archer


SPA48 Mirage 2000D Coq Chante et Combat

Noumea/La Tontouta (New Caledonia) (NWWW)
BA186
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 22°00'52"S 166°12'47"E
Elev: 52 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 00.052
La Tontouta
EROM80 SA330Ba
CN235M-200
..
52-I.


BR107 SA330Ba
CN235M-200
Serpent Egyptien ..
52-I.

Orange/Caritat (LFMO)
BA115
Rwy: 15/33
Pos: 44°08'26"N 004°52'00"E
Elev: 197 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ETO HL

BR279 AS555AN
AS555UN
..
..
EC 02.005
Ile de France
C46 Mirage 2000B
Mirage 2000C
Trident 115-..
115-..


SPA84 Mirage 2000B
Mirage 2000C
Tête de Renard 115-..
115-..


SPA124 Mirage 2000B
Mirage 2000C
Jeanne d'Arc 115-..
115-..
EH 05.067
Alpilles
(1 Esc) AS555AN Durance (EH04.067) ..


VB135 AS555AN Chauve-souris ..

Orléans/Bricy (LFOJ)
BA123
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 47°59'16"N 001°45'38"E
Elev: 412 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 01.061
Touraine
V101 A400M Tete de hibou 61-..


V113 A400M Chauve-souris 61-..
ET 02.061
Franche-Comté
SAL19 C-130H
C-130H-30
Le Bougnat 61-P.
61-P.


BR104 C-130H
C-130H-30
Les Turcos 61-P.
61-P.
ET 03.061
Poitou
F118 C-130H-30 Hibou sur un Croissant de Lune 61-P.


VB119 C-160R Chauve-souris sur un Croissant de Lune 61-M./Z.


F121 DHC-6-300 Hibou aux Ailes éployées sur un Croissant de Lune C.
EIE A400M

ELA53 A400M 61-..
EIE Hercules

BR111 C-130H
C-130H-30
Cygne 61-P.
61-P.

The C160 Transall entered service with ET61 at Orleans in 1967 replacing the N2501 Noratlas. The first batch consisted of 50 aircraft and in addition to those three former pre-production aircraft also entered service with the unit. An additional batch of 26 C160NG (Nouvelle Generation) was ordered in the late seventies to reequip ET64 at Evreux. Among these aircraft are two C160G Gabriel ELINT coversions and four C160H ASTARTE aircraft which serve as platforms for communications with the French navy's nuclear submarine fleet, but these have been stored now. Over the past years the remaining Transall fleet have been upgraded to C160R standard.
Photo: Stephan de Bruijn
Paris/Charles de Gaulle (LFPG)
Rwy: 08L/2RL, 08R/26L, 09L/27R, 09R/27L
Pos: 49°00'46"N 002°33'00"E
Elev: 387 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 03.060
Esterel
BR224 A310-304 Oie Suivant un Papillon F-RAD.


BR227 A340-211 Gaulois Roux F-RAJ.
EIE Airbus

F110 A310-304
A340-211
Grue en Virage F-RAD.
F-RAJ.
The official base of ET 03.060 is Creil-Senlis (BA110), but their aircraft are based at Paris - Roissy (Charles de Gaulle airport).

Romorantin/Pruniers (LFYR)
BA273
Rwy: 05L/23R (grass), 05R/23L (grass)
Pos: 47°19'15"N 001°41'20"E
Elev: 289 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
CVVAA 21.535

- D140R
Super Dimona
Various gliders
..

Saint Denis/Gillot (Réunion) (FMEE)
DA181
Rwy: 12/30, 14/32
Pos: 20°53'14"S 055°30'37"E
Elev: 66 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 00.050

- C-160R (loan) 61-..
This base will be closed down in the near future.

Saint Dizier/Robinson (LFSI)
BA113
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 48°38'10"N 004°53'58"E
Elev: 458 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EC 01.007
Provence
SPA162 Rafale B
Rafale C
Tête de tigre 113-..
113-..


SPA15 Rafale B
Rafale C
Casque de bayard 113-..
113-..


SPA77 Rafale B
Rafale C
Croix de Jérusalem 113-..
113-..
EC 01.091
Gascogne
SAL28 Rafale B Eléphant 113-..


SPA79 Rafale B Tête de Loup 113-..


BR66 Rafale B Faucon Egyptien 113-..


SPA37 Rafale B Charognard 113-..
ETR 02.092
Acquitaine
4B3 Rafale B
Rafale C
Rafale M
Hibou 113-..
113-..


2.GB I/25 Rafale B
Rafale C
Rafale M
Bison 113-..
113-..
ETR 02.092 is a Air Force-Navy combined Rafale training unit, therefore also a Rafale M is posted here.

With the unit marking of SPA15 on its tail, this two-seat Rafale B, number 313/113-HI, belongs to EC01.007, an active unit based at St Dizier. From March 2007, three Rafales had been deployed to Dushanbe in Tajikistan, armed with the GBU-12 guided bombs, to support the war in Afghanistan.
Photo: Stephan de Bruijn
Saintes/Thénac (LFXB)
BA722
Rwy: 05/23 + grass 05L/23R, 05R/23L, 12/30
Pos: 45°42'07"N 000°38'10"W
Elev: 118 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
CMP 25.535

- D140R
Various gliders
..

Salon de Provence (LFMY)
BA701
Rwy: 16/34
Pos: 43°36'23"N 005°06'33"E
Elev: 194 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
CFAMI 05.312

-
EIV 02.093
Cevennes
VB109 SR20
SR22
Diable Grenadier F-....
F-....


VB125 SR20
SR22
Pierrot F-....
F-....
EIV 03.005
Comtat-Venaissin
ERC571 SR20
SR22
Fanion Pirate F-....
F-....


SPA171 TB-10
TB-20
Dragon F-....
F-....
EPAA 20.300

EVAA Extra 300LP/SC F-TEC.


Patrouille de France Alpha Jet E F-TER.
EIAM 06.312

- D140R
HK-36
Centrair
..
..
..
EFNC 01.093
Aunis
- SR22 F-HG..

Solenzara (LFKS)
BA126
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 41°55'28"N 009°24'22"E
Elev: 28 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EH 01.044
Solenzara
ELAS 1/44 AS332C
SA330B
AS532UL
Solenzara ..
..
..
ETO Super Puma

EARS99 AS332C ..

Tahiti/Faaa (French Polynesia) (NTAA)
DA190
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 17°33'14"S 149°36'26"W
Elev: 7 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 00.082

- CN235M-200 82-I.
In 2012 this base has been transferred to the French Navy.

Tours/Val de Loire (LFOT)
BA705
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 47°25'56"N 000°43'39"E
Elev: 357 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EAC 00.314
Christian Martell
-
EIV 03.004
Limousin
1e GC I/9 Alpha Jet E Aigle 705-..


2e GC I/9 Alpha Jet E Fennec 705-..
EIV 03.013
Auverge
SPA 85 Alpha Jet E La Folie 705-..


2.GC II/9 Alpha Jet E La Morietur 705-..
ESE 04.011
Jura
SPA161 Alpha Jet E Sphinx 705-..
EAC00.314 is part of the French - Belgium Advanced Jet Training School (AJeTS).

Villacoublay/Vélizy (LFPV)
BA107
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 48°46'28"N 002°12'06"E
Elev: 584 ft
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EH 03.067
Parisis
SPA99 AS555AN Pégase ..
ET 00.060

(1 Esc) A330-223 Bigorre ( ET02.063) F-FARF


(2 Esc) Falcon 7X
Falcon 900
Falcon 2000LX
GLAM F-RAF.
F-RAF.
F-RAF.


(3 Esc) TBM700 GAEL X.


(4 Esc) AS332L1 ELA52 F.
EIE Falcon

BR226 Falcon 7X
Falcon 900
Falcon 2000LX
Poussin Observateur F-RAF.
F-RAF.
F-RAF.
The A319s and A330s normally operate from Paris-Orly.

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