Patrouille de France Concludes 2017 US Tour, Heads For Canada

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Patrouille de France Over Kittyhawk/Wright Brothers Monument

The Patrouille de France has finished their 2017 tour of the United States, and the team is on its way north to Canada right now. The French have spent the last several days at the NATO Festival in Norfolk, Virginia and performed several flyovers of the city and surrounding area during their time there. The image above shows them flying over Kittyhawk, North Carolina and the Wright Brothers Memorial. Just out of view is where the first powered flight took place in 1903.

Patrouille de France Over Norfolk

The Patrouille is due to perform at the Wings Over Gatineau airshow in Quebec today, then perform a joint flight with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds tomorrow over Parliament Hill on Ottawa. All ten Alpha Jets and their A400M support aircraft will then transit the North Atlantic back to Europe.

Top photo: Patrouille de France on Twitter
Bottom photo: Larry Ferdinande

Patrouille de France 2017 US Tour Hits West Coast With Incredible San Francisco Photo Shoot

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Patrouille de France Over San Francisco/Golden Gate Bridge

The 2017 US Tour of the Patrouille de France has hit the West Coast! The team performed for one time only at Mather Airport in Sacramento, CA in the morning, then headed for a photo shoot with San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in the evening. Spectators stood in awe as the eight-ship formation followed their supporting A400M Atlas transport/photoship on multiple flybys around the Bay Area. Two other Alpha Jets trailed the formation for more photos. These magnificent images from this flight really speak for themselves!

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The Patrouille has previously flown photo missions over New York City and the Statue of Liberty as well the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. They also performed at several East Coast airshows and even stopped to visit the US Navy Blue Angels at their home base of NAS Pensacola. Their trip through North America is quickly coming to an end though, and they will be heading East again soon for several military-focused events before proceeding up through Canada and back home to France at the beginning of May.

All photos courtesy Armée de l’air

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Blue Angels and Snowbirds Fly Together In Rare Joint Photo Shoot

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US Navy Blue Angels and Canadian Forces Snowbirds In Formation

Most airshows compete fiercely just to secure one jet team appearance, and it’s a very rare event for one show to land two teams! This weekends airshow in Evansville, IN is one such rare occasion. The teams in attendance, the US Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, decided to take full advantage of the special opportunity; they jumped into their jets and took to the skies for a majestic 15 plane joint photo shoot.

The Blue Angels, flying six F-18 Hornets, and the Snowbirds, flying nine CT-114 Tutors, flew in a loose formation around the skies of Evansville. The Blue Angels teased the flight yesterday morning on their Facebook page, and we got our first indications of what was happening from some fans on Twitter. Today, the Blues released these official photos from the flight:

Both the Snowbirds and Blue Angels will be flying at this weekends Evansville ShrinersFest & Air Show.