ALL HANDS ON DECK

COCARDES MARINE

Under the umbrella of Cocardes Marine, the operators of some magnificent former French Navy aircraft have come together to recall the service’s rich aviation heritage

Fouga CM175 Zéphyr 28/F-AZPF from the Zéphyr 28 association and Alizé Marine’s Breguet Br1050 ALH Alizé 59/F-AZYI flying with undercarriages and arrester hooks down — and, in the case of the Zéphyr, canopies slid back as was always the case when the naval trainer was in landing configuration.

Unlike the French Air Force, the French Navy’s air arm, the Aéronautique Navale, has never really had any official aerial ambassadors. From July 1961 to the end of 1962, an aerobatic team made up of six Fouga Zéphyr jet trainers was formed by Escadrille 59S. Today it’s possible to see occasional role demonstrations by the Rafale Marine, Falcon 10(MER) and 50, E-2C Hawkeye, Atlantique 2 and various helicopters, but these are all operational types, which cannot perform dedicated displays.

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