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French training jet cockpit explodes after birdstrike

An Alphajet of the French Air Force had to request an emergency landing at La Rochelle airport (LRH) after the forward window of his cockpit was destroyed mid-flight by a collision with a bird....


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Fighter jet crash averted by defect in civil ejection incident

On March 20, 2019, a civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from a twin-seat Rafale B fighter jet as the aircraft was taking off from Saint-Dizier 113 airbase, eastern France. The final report of the French investigation bureau for State aviation safety (BEA-E) on the incident outlines a chain reaction of both human and technical failures, one of which unexpectedly prevented the fighter jet from crashing....


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Lockheed Martin delivers first French KC-130J Super Hercules

The first KC-130J Super Hercules of the French Armée de l’Air landed at Orléans-Bricy Air Base on September 19, 2019. The aircraft was highly anticipated in France, as it will allow refueling the country’s helicopters in-flight....


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Private Mirage F1 makes maiden flight in the United States

Five years after its retirement from the French Armée de l’air, the Mirage F1 completed its maiden flight in the United States as part of a private fleet. 63 Dassault fighter jets were acquired by Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), a subsidiary of Textron....


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France to establish its own Space Force

A day before the 14th of July national celebrations, President of France Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a space command within the French Air Force, which should eventually be established as the Air and Space Force....


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French Rafale fleet partially grounded pending safety review

Part of the Rafale fleet of the French Air Force is currently grounded as a precautionary measure while the reasons behind the incident that took place on March 21, 2019 are being investigated....


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Crash of French Mirage 2000D, two pilots dead
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Crash of French Mirage 2000D, two pilots dead

UPDATED | A Dassault Mirage 2000D of the French Air Force disappeared from radar on January 9, 2019, around noon local time, as it was flying over the Jura mountains close to the border between France and Switzerland. Two pilots were on board....


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French Army orders three Falcons to Dassault

Dassault Aviation announced that the Ministry of Armed Forces ordered three of their Falcon business planes. They should be refitted with the Universal Electronic Warfare Capability (UEWC) developed by Thales, named Epicure Program. Named Epicure Falcon, they should replace the two Transall C-160 “Gabriel” currently used by the French Air Force. The type of Falcon bought has not yet been disclosed....