WATCH: Patrouille de France Performs In The US For The First Time In Decades

The Patrouille de France performed the first airshow routine of their North American tour this past weekend, and we were there to capture it! Check out this video of their entire show on the Friday practice day at the Melbourne Air and Space Show in Florida. Melbourne is one of just a handful of stops the team will make on their whirlwind tour through the US and Canada this month, and marks the first US performance by the team in more than 30 years.

The routine is a little shorter than those of the US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds, but contains all of the same exciting elements – formation aerobatics, opposing flybys, and nonstop action. Because the Patrouille perform with eight jets instead of six, they can put together some larger formations and utilize multiple groups of aircraft in a similar fashion to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, who perform with nine CT-114 Tutors. The French team also makes use of red- and blue-colored smoke, which might not sound like much but adds to the performance significantly and is a rare sight here in the US.

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As a special treat, the team’s Airbus A400M Atlas support aircraft also took to the skies for a few flybys. It is accompanying the team all throughout their tour to transport their crew and equipment, and can also serve as a photo platform during their planned flyovers of US landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty and New York City. This marked the first ever airshow performance by an A400M in the US and although it is far from the maximum performance company demonstration, it was an exciting addition to the lineup! You can check it out in the video below.

WATCH: Blue Angels Wow The Crowd With Their Legendary High Show

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The 2017 Airshow season kicked off this weekend with an airshow at the TICO Warbird Airshow in Florida and at NAF El Centro featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, and the staff at AirshowStuff.com couldn’t be more excited. That got us thinking about seeing the Blues in person again this year and had us looking back at last year’s performances in anticipation of what’s to come. 2017 promises to be a great year for airshow enthusiasts with all of the great performers we’ve come to know and love, including the Blue Angels!

Watch in this video as the Blues take to the skies for their famous High Show performance from the Spirit of St. Louis Airshow last year. You’ll get to see the entire routine, including crowd favorites like the Double Farvel, Echelon Parade, Opposing Knife Edge, and the always-anticipated Sneak Pass! The Blues never disappoint with their high energy show, and you’ll have a front seat to it all in this video, and all in HD!

The Blue Angels have been wowing airshow enthusiasts since they were formed in 1946, making them the second oldest aerobatic team in the world. Flying such legendary aircraft as the F6F Hellcat, F-4 Phantom, A-4 Skyhawk, and their current F/A-18 Hornets, the team dazzles millions of people each year, showcasing the precision and professionalism of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.

-Justin Miner

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