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This airfield is located in the middle of France, and houses the Xingus and the AWACS of the Armée de l'Air. Temporarily based here are two Mirages 2000N for nuclear deterrence and a C-135F tanker for support.
The airfield has a southwest-northeast orientated runway with the aprons and taxiways to the south of it. The Xingus are parked at the apron in the southwest, west of the tower, while the AWACS are parked at the east aprons. From the public roads only on the north east side a glimpse on the parked aircraft can be obtained.
Drive to Bourges, and take the D976.
Coming from Bourges, drive towards Avord on the D976. At Avord, take a left into Avord via the D71. Drive straight on, onto the D36 to pass under the approach for landing at the 24. When passing the approach lights you have a view onto the apron with the tails of the E-3Fs.
Even from this location, preserved Xingu 073 can be seen. The road along the fence will yield an even better look.
The Pôle Aéronautique d'Avord keeps Mirage 3E 489 and Mystère 4A 47/314-TA preserved at the Rue d'Aindling. Expansion of the collection is anticipated.
Near the intersection with the D31, Mirage 3B 214/2-FR preserved in tiger colours, along the D976.
An access road to a crop field runs along the railway on the northern side, starting at the Chemin de Chennevière. From here, aircraft on final for runway 06 can be photographed.
- 234.100 / 142.225Tower
- 257.600 / 122.100Tower
- 138.975 / 142.450Approach
- 233.000 / 233.525Approach
- 234.925 / 362.300Approach
- 073/YBEMB121, on base
- 229/319-DWMD312, near gate
- 29/BBMirage 4A, near gate
- Their own website