Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, France

Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, France

Postby TonyO on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 8:46 am

A handful of shots from a couple of days of celebrations marking 50 years of Securite Civile firebombing from Marseille-Marignane. Huge thanks must go to the pilots of the Securite Civile who gave me lots of access to get these shots and the guys from Plane Sailing Ltd who were also instrumental in helping out with the access and letting me shade from the warm Provence sun underneath the wing of their lovely PBY Catalina.

This might be one of the most relaxed and enjoyable airshows I have ever been to, pity it only takes place every 10 years.

Shots taken at both Aix-les-Milles and Marignane on Saturday, Sunday, Monday June 1-3.

First some flypasts, of the Patrouille Pelican and another representing three generations of firebombers.

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Some arrivals...

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The subtle yet lovely 50th anniversary marked CL-415...

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Then a few from the display itself, there were other airshow acts, but the primary objective was getting the amphibians and their water bombing passes, a sight to behold.

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and then on the Monday back at Marignane, I couldn't quite believe my luck...

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Last edited by TonyO on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 1:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Ledhead27 on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 9:01 am

That's an amazing set of images, some fantastic aircraft there too! Like the one of the Dash 8-Q400 dropping water!
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Mr Flibble on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 9:09 am

Fab shots, Tony.
Hard to pick favorites - looks like the conditions were ideal.
Call me a heretic for picking this over the CL215s but I like the look of the Dash-8-Q400!
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby capercaillie on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 9:19 am

Great stuff Tony, always like this securite civile stuff, nice anniversary marks on the 415 and lovely shots over the water. :clap:
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Macc on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 11:35 am

Great set of the shots, particularly like the last few with the waterbombers in action.
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby rdchawk on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 11:54 am

Superb set of shots - nice one :clap: :clap:
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Russ on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 12:23 pm

Great set Tony, smashing clarity on these. :clap: :cool:
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby swingy on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 12:44 pm

Macc wrote:Great set of the shots, particularly like the last few with the waterbombers in action.


Agree. :clap:
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Mad Dan on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 1:45 pm

TonyO squeaked:
This might be one of the most relaxed and enjoyable airshows I have never been to

So, Tony, tell me how you got the pics if you weren't there...

:tongue2:

I found it very relaxing too - and I wasn't there either...
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby TonyO on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 1:52 pm

Well spotted, you belligerent old scrote! :lol:
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Maisie on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 2:02 pm

Nice to see a CL-215 there with proper engines! What gear do you use now Tony, 5Dii...?
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby TonyO on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 2:11 pm

Using a 5D Mark II and a 7D.
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Bruno G on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 2:14 pm

I want to see it at an airshow ...
RIAT ... please....
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Mad Dan on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 2:15 pm

Well, I don't know about that... They tell me that you have great difficulty getting out of first gear...

And don't call me belligerent you young whippersnapper... I'll have you know I have a GCE...
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby APG on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 2:28 pm

Cracking shots, you couldn't have asked for better WX

Something so wrong and yet so right about the Q400 water drop
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Buccaneer on Fri 07 Jun 2013, 11:13 pm

Fantastic shots wish I could take a GCSE in taking them like that. Like to know what Mad Dan's GCSE is in, certainly not in replying to e-mails.........
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Mad Dan on Sat 08 Jun 2013, 7:55 am

Buccaneer mumbled:
Fantastic shots wish I could take a GCSE in taking them like that. Like to know what Mad Dan's GCSE is in, certainly not in replying to e-mails.........

Don't let it go to your head Tony...

What email would that be, Jeff? Don't recall having received anything from you in an awfully long time...and it's a GCE, not a GCSE - there is a difference...
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby adamp89 on Sat 08 Jun 2013, 4:21 pm

is it just me or were the 415's just dropping out of 1 tank?
also, what are the kingair and eurocopter for?
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby TonyO on Sat 08 Jun 2013, 7:10 pm

Adam, well spotted, the aircraft were dropping out of one tank so they could demonstrate the different ways they attack. There was no nearby lake any only a handful of aircraft they could use because the others were on duty. The King Air acts as a "Bird Dog" co-ordinate the strikes on the fire like a forward air controller in combat. The Eurocopter is used for search and rescue.
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby Joshnatlyd on Sun 09 Jun 2013, 3:51 pm

What an amazing set - thanks for sharing :clap:
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby adamp89 on Sun 09 Jun 2013, 7:03 pm

TonyO wrote:Adam, well spotted, the aircraft were dropping out of one tank so they could demonstrate the different ways they attack. There was no nearby lake any only a handful of aircraft they could use because the others were on duty. The King Air acts as a "Bird Dog" co-ordinate the strikes on the fire like a forward air controller in combat. The Eurocopter is used for search and rescue.


that's what i was thinking, there's something about that dash though...

awesome photos
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby RickIngham on Wed 12 Jun 2013, 8:50 pm

Incredible Tony...and very different! Strange saying this considering the other gems in this set but that Dash 8 looks very photogenic! :rock:
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby WG655 on Wed 12 Jun 2013, 9:02 pm

Some greatly crafted images of what looks like a super event. :clap:

Hard to pick a favourite, though think the ones of the Firecat just steal it for me.
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby McG on Wed 12 Jun 2013, 9:17 pm

Great stuff Tony. Love the Q-400 water drop.
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Re: Fifty Years of French Firebombers - Aix-les-Milles, Fran

Postby PhilEAF92 on Wed 12 Jun 2013, 10:18 pm

What a great set, beautiful images, nice to see something different
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