French Air Force

Airbus A400M deployed to airlift COVID-19 patients around France

An Airbus A400M of the French Air Force landed on the tarmac of Nantes-Atlantique airport. Onboard the unusual aircraft were four patients from Lyon, a city badly affected by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic....


French Mirage 2000 fighters kill 50 Islamic insurgents in Mali

During an operation of the French military in the Sahel region, airstrikes carried out by Dassault Mirage 2000D fighter jets helped neutralize at least 50 insurgents from a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda....


France to place Dassault Rafale fighter jet emergency order

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces confirmed an order for 12 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation to replace the second-hand aircraft taken from the French Air Force inventory for the benefit of Greece. The contract must be signed before the end of 2020....


France orders three additional Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces placed a firm order for a new batch of three A330 MRTT “Phénix” aerial refueling tanker aircraft. The acquisition is part of the €15 billion support plan for the country’s aerospace industry announced in June 2020....


Airbus delivers third A330 MRTT to France four months early

The French Ministry of Armed Forces took delivery of the third Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix on July 10, 2020, four months ahead of the initial schedule....


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....


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....


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....


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....


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....