The Patrouille de France flying over the Statue of Liberty [fr]
On Mar. 25, at 12 pm local time, the Patrouille de France display team kicked off its first ever U.S. tour flying over the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Check out these stunning photographs!
Blue, white and red smoke hung in the air over New York as the Patrouille de France called in for the first time in 31 years – and painted the skies over the Statue of Liberty with a flypast over Manhattan.
More than three decades after its last tour in North America, the Patrouille de France is coming back to the USA from March 17th to May 6th 2017 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I and to reaffirm the historic ties between France and the United States.
This operation in North America will mobilize more than 70 airmen, pilots, mechanics, support staff, 10 Alphajet, 1 Airbus A400M Atlas and 25 tons of equipment, demonstrating French Air Force reach capabilities. The ferry flight will include 4 refueling stops United Kingdom, Iceland, Greenland and Canada.
With the tailfins of their Alphajets sporting stars and stripes, the eight jets were watched by thousands in Battery Park and south Manhattan during their 10-minute display.