Melun-Villaroche 09-09-2018

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Col. Chibani
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Melun-Villaroche 09-09-2018

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A delightful airshow, for its premiere.
A fine line-up, good weather (maybe a little bit too hot), no traffic jam on the way in, no overcrowed fences, etc ...
On the downside, difficult light conditions, with heat waves and a front-facing sun, especially at the begining of the display.
So IQ is variable, thanks for your indulgence.

Quiet opening with a Piper L-4 :

ImageDSC_0298_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

No PAF demo on Sunday (just a single pass in the morning during my visit to the parking), but an Alphajet solo demo in memory of Constantin Rozanoff, who died in the crash of its Mystère IV, on the 3rd of april, 1954, on that same airfield:

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Long before the "Gadget", trainers were Stearmans and BT-13s :

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A suivre / to be continued ...
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Re: Melun-Villaroche 09-09-2018

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When the enemy is at the gate, training is over:

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RAF comes to the rescue:

ImageDSC_0527_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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When Hurricane are no longer match, Spitfire take the relay:

ImageDSC_0533_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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Meanwhile, in remote skies:

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(A little bit of imagination please, these are Zero taking of from their aircraft carrier ...)

A suivre ...

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Re: Melun-Villaroche 09-09-2018

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A little help for those lacking imagination:

ImageDSC_0646_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

A lonely Catalina looks like a sitting duck:

ImageDSC_0573_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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Banzaï !

ImageDSC_0602_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

A close shave!

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Fighters to the rescue:

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This airshow big surprise : 2 flying Avengers !

ImageDSC_0671_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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A suivre ... / to be contnued ...

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Here we go again.

The Zero attacks the Avengers, re-enacting the misaventure that cost an eye and almost the life of Saburo Sakaï :

ImageDSC_0748_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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The Boomerang then couragely takes the sky:

ImageDSC_0827_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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Unfortunately, it is "hit":

ImageDSC_0861_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

US Navy & Air Force send their heavyweigth champions:

ImageDSC_0900_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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(quite pleased with this one !).

The Sea Fury completes this horsepowered testosterone show-off:

ImageDSC_1023_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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A suivre ... / to be continued

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Re: Melun-Villaroche 09-09-2018

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Some additions, despite feeling a little bit lonely on this thread.
C&C's are welcome !

A reenactment of the mythical last dogfight of WWII : a Piper Cub against a Fieseler Storch, fighting with their handpistols !

ImageDSC_1054_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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Let's stay in the low part of the speed scale, with some calm but essential samples :

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The Noratlas demonstrates its short landing capabilities :

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Here we go again for some more smoking guns :

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The Noratlas gave ideas to some :

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A suivre ...

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Re: Melun-Villaroche 09-09-2018

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Cracking shots, thanks for posting. :clap:

Certainly looks like a bloody good event, one to consider for next year! :up:

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Thanks Abbo46 !

Just discovered that one of my pics has been picked out as part of POTW.
I am feeling very honored !

Let's finish with French Aéronavale, drawing 70 years of Bleu-Blanc-Rouge jets history in the skies :

ImageDSC_1292_exp by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

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And that concludes this airshow, full of magnificent moments and nice surprises.
Thanks for looking.

Can't wait for next year !

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Re: Melun-Villaroche 09-09-2018

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Lovely shots, would love to see that Noratlas and that Catalina over in the UK next year, either that or I may have to go to them :grin:
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Re: Melun-Villaroche 09-09-2018

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A very enjoyable thread from what looks like a superb airshow. The jet formation is the last post is superb. :up:
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