The « Patrouille de France » flies over NYC [fr]
On Saturday, March 25, at 12 pm local time, the French Air Force demonstration squadron or “Patrouille de France” officially began its American tour, by flying over the Statue of Liberty in New York.
The Patrouille de France colored the New York sky in blue-white-red by flying over the southern tip of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
Eight Alphajet aircrafts from the legendary squadron, painted in American colors as a tribute to the occasion and led by a military aircraft A400-M, flew over the Statue of Liberty twice, its first stop on a month-long American tour.
About 2,000 people, tourists, aviation aficionados or simple onlookers, attended the air show, from Battery Park or Liberty Island.
This powerful moment was a symbol of the friendship that unites our two countries, as we will be celebrating, throughout 2017, the centenary of the United States’ entry into World War I.
This tour, which will end on May 4 in Canada, will be divided into 24 stops, mobilizing 72 pilots, support staff, 10 Alphajets and an A 400-M.
The day before the flyover, the Consulate was delighted to welcome the Patrouille de France during a reception honoring the French-American friendship.
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