Airfield Guide
Avord (BA702)
ICAO Code:LFOAInfo Last Validated:feb12
City:AvordPosition:47°03'12"N 002°37'57"E
Runway(s):06/24Elevation:580 ft

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.

Getting There

Drive to Bourges, and take the D976.

Around The Airport
East-side landing

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.

Base view

Even from this location, preserved Xingu 073 can be seen. The road along the fence will yield an even better look.

Pôle Aéronautique

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.

preserved Mirage 3

Near the intersection with the D31, Mirage 3B 214/2-FR preserved in tiger colours, along the D976.

West-side landing - photos

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.

West-side landing - spotting

If you are just after the numbers, this spot is much better than the previous one: room enhough to park a car and relax, on your stretcher if you will, while watching the landings.

  • 234.100 / 142.225
  • 257.600 / 122.100
  • 138.975 / 142.450
  • 233.000 / 233.525
  • 234.925 / 362.300
  • EMB121AA
  • E-3F
  • E-3F
  • E-3F
  • E-3F
  • EMB121, on base
  • MD312
  • MD312, near gate
  • Mirage 4A, near gate
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