The super-Etendard has been officialy retired on July 12th 2016 after 38 years of active service in the French Navy (42 years since its first flight)
To celebrate this (sad) event, Angel offers us this beautiful homage to the sailors who served on this superb machine.
It is worth noting that the retirement of the Super-Etendard happened the same month as the very first trials of the nEUROn UCAV with the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier...
From now on, the only fighter jet operated by the French Navy is the Rafale M F3.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
For French readers, don't miss the last issue of 'Le Fana de L'aviation" and its 20 pages article about the first flight of the Rafale A which took place 30 years ago (July, 4 1986).
Also read : Rafale A first flight 25th anniversary
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
|Credit Royal Air Force|
Typhoon from the RAF were also involved in the interception.
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Saturday, December 19, 2015
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Thursday, December 3, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
2015/11/23 The Rafale M of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier have conducted their first strikes in Irak against IS positions around Mossoul and Ramadi. The video released today by the French Mindef shows 3 Rafale M being launched. The first 2 are loaded with AASM missiles and GBU-12 LGB. The 3rd one is equiped for reconnaissance with the AEROS pod. It is worth noting that this particular aircraft (M42) is one of the latest to have entered service with the French Navy. It is equiped with an AESA RBE-2 Radar, OSF-IT and DDM-NG (F3O-4T standard)
18 Rafale, 8 SEM and 2 E-2C are onboard the CDG: This is the biggest Rafale M deployment ever.
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