Breguet Alizé: Multirole Maritime Turboprop

The long-lived Alizé fulfilled a similar function to the Fairey Gannet for France’s aircraft carriers until it was retired in 2000. One of the surviving examples of this charismatic turboprop is being kept alive by a team of volunteers in the south of France, as Henri-Pierre Grolleau describes.

With the radome for the Iguane radar lowered and weapons bay doors open, this Alizé also sports a pair of rocket pods.
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When the Breguet Br.1050 Alizé retired, it signalled the disappearance of an aircraft that had faithfully served the marine Nationale (French Navy) for more than 40 years. This turboprop-powered surveillance aircraft started its career as an anti-submarine defender for a carrier group.

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