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.

Stephan de Bruijn

Abu Dhabi/Al Dhafra (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 01.007
Provence
SPA15 Rafale B
Rafale C
Casque de bayard 7-..
7-..


6.GCIII/7 Rafale B
Rafale C
Tête de Furie 7-..
7-..
This base has been allocated BA104 and houses also a C-135FR and an Atlantic NG on detachment for Operation Chammal.

As Shaheed Muwaffaq al Salti AB (Jordan) (OJMS) Al Azraq

RWY 08/26, 13/31     POS 31°49'60"N 036°47'02"E     ELEV 1706 ft

Operation Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge


Force Chammal Rafale
Mirage 2000D
.-..
.-..

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 36-C.


BR43 E-3F Charognard 36-C.
EDCA 02.036

SAL253 E-3F Tete de dogue 36-C.


SAL257 E-3F Masse d'armes 36-C.

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°32'06"N 001°07'53"W     ELEV 84 ft

Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ETO 02.008
Nice
SPA73 Alpha Jet E Cigogne 8-..


SPA78 Alpha Jet E Panthère noire 8-..
EH 01.067
Pyrénées
(1 Esc) EC725R2
EH02.065 S.


(2 Esc) SA330Ba Valmy (EH02.067) ..
EE 03.008
Côte d'Or
SPA57 Alpha Jet E Mouette passant au naturel 8-..


SPA65 Alpha Jet E Chimére d'argent 8-..
ETO HM

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

- Various ..
DGA-EV uses various aircraft types including Alpha Jet E, Beech 350ER/ALSR, Mirage 2000C, Mirage 2000B, Mirage 2000D, Falcon 20, CASA212, SA330Ba, SA330L, SA365N and AS555UN.

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
EAC 00.315

-
EIV 01.013
Artois
SPA83 PC-21 Chimère 709-..


SPA100 PC-21 Hirondelle 709-..


SPA155 PC-21 Petit Poucet 709-..
EIV 02.012
Picardie
SPA172 Grob G120A-F Perroquet F-GUK.


SPA173 Grob G120A-F Oiseau de Paradis F-GUK.


EALA 9/72 PC-21 Petit Prince 709-..
EFIP 01.011
Roussillon
1e de GCIII/6 PC-21 Masque tragédie 709-..


2e de GCIII/6 PC-21 Masque comédie 709-..
ED 01.033
Belfort
VR291 MQ-9 Lynx lunaire 709-E.


SAL33 MQ-9 la Hache d’A. Bordage 709-E


BR218 MQ-9 709-E.
ETOD 03.033
Moselle
BR11 MQ-9 Moselle 33-..
The six MQ-9 Reapers are deployed to Niamey, Mali.
SOCATA/EADS are also using 18 civil registrated Grob 120A-Fs.

Djibouti/Ambouli (Djibouti) (HDAM)
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
EC 03.011
Corse
SPA88 Mirage 2000-5
Serpent 188-..


SPA69 Mirage 2000-5
Chat 188-..
ET 00.088
Larzac
BR120 CN235M-200 (loan) Croix de Lorraine au Chardon 64-..


BR117 SA330Ba Coq Bombardier ..
EDCA 00.036
Berry
Force Atalanta E-3F 36-C.
In the near future, ET00.088 will see its Transalls being replaced by CN235s.

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
ET 01.062
Vercors
SPA-bi55 CN235M-200 Lévrier 62-I.
64-I.


SAL8 CN235M-200 Croix de Lorraine Rouge 62-I.
64-I.
GAM 00.056
Vaucluse
- DHC-6-300
EC725L2
EC225
C-130H/H-30 (on loan)
C.
S.
S.
61-P.
ET 02.064
Anjou...feu!
BR131 A400M (planned) Chimére ailée chevauchant une bombe F-RB..


BR132 A400M (planned)
Dragon annamite F-RB..
EEA 01.054
Dunkerque
SPA-bi 20 C-160G Gabriel
C-160R
Beech 350ER/ALSR VADOR
Lion des Flandres ..
..
..
ET 03.062
Ventoux
SAL105 CN235M-300 Diable Grenadier 62-H.


VR551 CN235M-300 Chamelier Targui 62-H.
EIE 01.340

GMT59 C-160R Orléans 64-..
EIE CN235M

SPA Bi2 CN235M-200
CN235M-300
Triquètre 62-I.
62-H.
Three yet-to-be developed Falcon Epicure aircraft will replace the C-160 Gabriel aircraft from 2025.
ET 02.064 will be disbanded in August 2020 to be resurrected as a A400M unit based at Orleans in the near future.

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
ERVTS 01.031
Bretagne
BR108 A330MRTT Le Pégase F-UJ..


VB25 A330MRTT Étoile américaine F-UJ..


BR129 A330MRTT Lapin trimardeur F-UJ..


SAL22 A330MRTT Louve Romaine F-UJ..
ETP 03.031
Landes
tbd A330 MRTT F-UJ..
ERV 04.031
Sologne
LET465 C-135FR
KC-135RG
Chauve-souris 31-..
31-..


SPAbi54 C-135FR
KC-135RG
Fer à Cheval 31-..
31-..
DGA-EV

- Various ..


EPNER Various ..
DGA-EV uses various aircraft types including Alpha Jet E, Beech 350ER/ALSR, Mirage 2000C, Mirage 2000B, Mirage 2000D, Falcon 20, CASA212, SA330Ba, SA330L, 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.

Sjoerd Drost

Libreville/Leon M'Ba (Gabon) (FOOL)
Escadron Escadrille Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge
ET 00.055
Ouessant
- AS555AN ..
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 2-..


SPA103 Mirage 2000-5F Cigogne de Fonck 2-..


SPA26 Mirage 2000-5F Cigogne de Saint Galmier 2-..

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 01.030
Côte d'Argent
BR127 Mirage 2000 versions
Rafale B/C
Alpha Jet E
Le Tigre 30-..
30-..
30-..


BR128 Mirage 2000 versions
Rafale B/C
Alpha Jet E
Le Scarabée Blanc 30-..
30-..
30-..
EC 02.030
Normandie-Niemen
SPA97 Rafale B
Rafale C
Fanion aux Hermines 30-..
30-..


SPA93 Rafale B
Rafale C
Canard Col Vert 30-..
30-..


SPA91 Rafale B
Rafale C
Aigle à tête de mort 30-..
30-..
EC 03.030
Lorraine
SPA38 Rafale C Chardon Lorrain 30-..


SAL56 Rafale C Scarabée 30-..


SPA162 Rafale B
Rafale C
Tête de tigre 30-..
30-..
EC 04.030

- Rafale DQ
Rafale EQ
CEAM stands for Centre d'Expertise Aérien Militaire (Air Warfare Center).
EC 04.030 operates Rafale DQ/EG on behalf of the Qatar Emiri Air Force.

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.

Mike Schoenmaker

N'Djamena/Hassan Djamous (Chad) (FTTJ)
Operation Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge


Force Barkhane Rafale C
C-135FR/KC-135RG
C-160R
CN235M-200
EC725R2
various
93-C.
various
various
S.
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 3-..


SPA153 Mirage 2000D Gypaète 3-..


SPA62 Mirage 2000D Coq de Combat 3-..
EC 02.003
Champagne
SPA67 Mirage 2000D Cicogne de Navarre 3-..


SPA75 Mirage 2000D Aigle Egyptien 3-..


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


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


BR44 Mirage 2000D Sanglier assis 3-..
ETD 04.003
Argonne
SPA31 Mirage 2000D Archer 3-..


SPA48 Mirage 2000D Coq Chante et Combat 3-..
ETD04.003 will be disbanded in 2020, and reactivated in 2023 at Nancy as the Mirage 2000 training unit where it will receive all aircraft from Orange.

Niamey/Diori Hamani (Niger) (DRRN)

RWY 09L/27R (gravel), 09R/27L     POS 13°28'54"N 002°10'13"E     ELEV 732 ft

Operation Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Badge


Barkhane Mirage 2000D (2x)
Mirage 2000C (2x)
MQ-9
SIDM MALE
C-130J
C-135FR/KC-135RG
3-..
115-..
..
F-SDA.
6.-..
93-C.
Reapers are on deployment and belong to ED 01.033/VR291 while the Mirage2000Ds are from EC03.003.

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 5-..
5-..


SPA84 Mirage 2000B
Mirage 2000C
Tête de Renard 5-..
5-..


SPA124 Mirage 2000B
Mirage 2000C
Jeanne d'Arc 5-..
5-..
EH 05.067
Alpilles
(1 Esc) AS555AN Durance (EH04.067) ..


VB135 AS555AN Chauve-souris ..
EC02.005 will transition to the Rafale C in the near future.

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 F-RB..


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


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


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


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

ELA53 A400M F-RB..
EIE Hercules

BR111 C-130H
C-130H-30
Cygne 61-P.
61-P.
ET 03.061 is part of ET 00.062 en will be transferred to BA105 Evreux after 2021.

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.

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
EIVV 21.535
Chambord
- 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

- CN235M-300 62-..
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 01.004
Gascogne
BR66 Rafale B Faucon Egyptien 4-..


SAL28 Rafale B Eléphant 4-..


SPA37 Rafale B Charognard 4-..


SPA79 Rafale B Tête de Loup 4-..
EC 02.004
La Fayette
N124 Rafale B La Fayette - Tete de Sioux 4-..


SPA81 Rafale B Lévrier 4-..


SPA96 Rafale B Gaulois 4-..


SPA167 Rafale B Cigogne de Romanet 4-..
ETR 03.004
Acquitaine
4B3 Rafale B
Rafale C
Rafale M
Hibou 4-..
4-..


2.GB I/25 Rafale B
Rafale C
Rafale M
Bison 4-..
4-..


SPA160 Rafale B Diable Rouge 4-..
ETR 03.004 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.

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 SR20
SR22
Dragon F-....
F-....
EPAA 20.300

EVAA Extra 300LP/SC F-TEC.


Patrouille de France Alpha Jet E F-TER.
EIVV 05.312J
Saint Victoire
- D140R
Various Gliders
..
..
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.

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.


EIE Falcon
BR226
Falcon 7X
Falcon 900
Falcon 2000LX
Poussin Observateur F-RAF.
F-RAF.
F-RAF.


(4 Esc) AS332L1 ELA52 F.
ET 00.041
Verdun
(1 Esc) TBM700 GAEL X.
The A319s and A330s normally operate from Paris-Orly.

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