Patrouille de France in an amazing flight formation with Air France Boeing 747.

Patrouille de France and Boeing 747 Air France

On January 27, 2016 the Patrouille de France has symbolically greeted the Air France Boeing 747 in the process of retirement.

Eleven pilots of the French Air Force have joined the Jumbo of the French company for a flight formation.

To coordinate the large number of Alphajets who attended the event was required meticulous preparation by the military pilots in order to ensure the necessary security for photographers, cameramen and crew on board the French Jumbo during the flight.

Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France declared: "This flight is also a tribute to the men and women of these two entities who carry out their tasks on a daily basis with the same sense of commitment and the same ambition for excellence."

On behalf of all the pilots, the leader of the Patrouille de France, Captain Christophe Dubois added: "The Patrouille de France represents all French servicemen and women committed to French and international operations, and is also an ambassador of French aviation internationally. We are immensely proud to have been able to honour this legendary aircraft from our national airline Air France in a trail of red, white and blue smoke. A beautiful example of civil and military aviation coming together, symbolizing the excellence of French savoir-faire. There are flights that mark a career. This one will leave a lasting impression on our 2016 team."

The Air France Boeing 747 flew the last flight with passengers last January 11, 2016.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
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