JEROEN VOGELAAR: Aviation Photographs

French Air Force

Morane-Saulnier MS.315

Morane-Saulnier MS.317 F-BGUV and F-BCNL

The Morane-Saulnier MS.315 is a primary training monoplane designed and built in France by Morane-Saulnier.

  • Role: Primary trainer
  • National origin: France
  • Manufacturer: Morane-Saulnier
  • First flight: 1932
  • Number built: 356

Variants

  • MS.315 – Production version with a 135hp (101kW) Salmson 9Nc radial engine, 350 built.
  •  MS.315/2 – Higher powered civil version, five built.
  • MS.316 – Variant powered by a Regnier inverted Vee engine, one built.
  • MS.317 -1960s conversions with a 220hp (164kW) Continental W-670K radial engine, 40 converted.

Military operators

  • French Air Force
  • French Navy
  • Peruvian Air Force

Specifications (MS.315)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 7.60 m (24 ft 11¼ in)
  • Wingspan: 12.00 m (39 ft 4½ in)
  • Height: 2.80 m (9 ft 2¼ in)
  • Wing area: 21.60 m2 (232.51 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 548 kg (1208 lb)
  • Gross weight: 860 kg (1896 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Salmson 9Nc radial engine, 101 kW (135 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h (106 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 5500 m (18,045 ft)

Dassault Mirage III

Dassault Mirage IIIDS HB-RDF/J-2012

The Dassault Mirage III is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fighter aircraft produced by Dassault Aviation for the French Air Force and widely exported.

  • Role: Interceptor aircraft
  • National origin: France
  • Manufacturer: Dassault Aviation
  • First flight: 17 November 1956
  • Introduction: 1961
  • Status: In service only by Pakistan Air Force
  • Produced: 1977–1983
  • Number built: 1,422
  • Variants: Dassault Mirage IIIV (BalzacV), Dassault Mirage 5, Atlas Cheetah

Dassault Mirage IIIS J-2313 Swiss Air Force

Military operators

  • Argentinian Air Force
  • Egyptian Air Force

Former military operators

  • Abu Dhabi Air Force
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Belgium Air Force
  • Brazilian Air Force
  • Chilean Air Force
  • Colombian Air Force
  • French Air Force
  • Gabonese Air Force
  • Israeli Air Force
  • Lebanese Air Force
  • Libyan Air Force
  • Peruvian Air Force
  • South-African Air Force
  • Spanish Air Force
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Venezuelan Air Force
  • Zairian Air Force

Dassault Mirage IIIDS HB-RDF/J-2012

Specifications (Mirage IIIE)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 15.03 m (49 ft 3½ in)
  • Wingspan: 8.22 m (26 ft 11⅝ in)
  • Height: 4.50 m (14 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 34.85 m² (375 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 7,050 kg (15,600 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 9,600 kg (21,164 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 13,700 kg (30,203 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × SNECMA Atar 09C turbojet
    • Dry thrust: 41.97 kN (9,436 lbf)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 60.80 kN (13,668 lbf)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2 (2,350 km/h, 1,268 knots, 1,460 mph) at 12,000 m (39,370 ft)
  • Combat radius: 1,200 km (647 nmi, 746 mi)
  • Ferry range: 3,335 km ()
  • Service ceiling: 17,000 m (55,775 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 46,600 ft/min ()

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 125 rounds per gun
  • Rockets: 2× Matra JL-100 drop tank/rocket pack, each with 19× SNEB 68 mm rockets and 66 US gallons (250 liters) of fuel
  • Missiles: 2× AIM-9 Sidewinders OR Matra R550 Magics plus 1× Matra R530,
  • Bombs: 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) of payload on five external hardpoints, including a variety of bombs, reconnaissance pods or Drop tanks; French Air Force IIIEs through 1991, equipped for AN-52 nuclear bomb.

Transall C-160

Transall C-160R 211/64-GK French Air Force, support Patrouille d

  • Role: Transport aircraft
  • National origin: France/Germany
  • Manufacturer: Transall*
  • First flight: 25 February 1963
  • Introduction: 1967
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1965–1985
  • Number built: 214

* Transall being an abbreviation of the specially formed consortium Transporter Allianz, comprising the companies of MBB, Aerospatiale and VFW-Fokker.

Military operators

  • German Air Force
  • French Air Force (one Transall C-160 is support aircraft of the Patrouille de France)
  • Turkish Air Force
  • South African Air Force retired

Specifications (C-160)

General characteristics

  • Crew: Three—two pilots, flight engineer
  • Capacity:
    • 93 troops or
    • 61–88 paratroops or
    • 62 stretchers
  • Payload: 16,000 kg (35,275 lb)
  • Length: 32.40 m (106 ft 3½ in)
  • Wingspan: 40.00 m (131 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 11.65 m (38 ft 2¾ in)
  • Wing area: 160.0 m² (1,722 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 29,000 kg (63,935 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 51,000 kg (112,435 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Tyne Rty.20 Mk 22 turboprop, 4,549 kW (6,100 ehp) each

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 593 km/h (320 knots, 368 mph)
  • Maximum speed: 513 km/h (277 knots, 319 mph) at 4,875 m (16,000 ft)
  • Stall speed: 177 km/h (95 knots, 110 mph) flaps down
  • Range: 1,853 km (1,000 nmi, 1,151 mi) with 16,000 kg payload, 30 min reserves
  • Ferry range: 8,858 km (4,780 nmi, 5,504 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 8,230 m (27,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 6.6 m/s (1,300 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 319 kg/m² (65.3 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass: 0.18 kW/kg (0.11 hp/lb)

Patrouille de France

Patrouille de France

Patrouille de France precision aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force. Originating in 1931, it is the world’s oldest and one of the most skilled demonstration teams. Pilots currently fly the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet.

  • Active: 1931–Present
  • Country: France
  • Branch: French Air Force
  • Role: Aerobatic flight display team
  • Size: 8–9 Pilots, 35 ground crew
  • Base: Base aérienne 701 Salon-de-Provence
  • Colors: Blue, White and Red
  • Nickname: La PAF

Aircraft

Patrouille de France

Aircraft flown

  • 1953–1954 Republic F-84G Thunderjet.
  • 1954–1957 Dassault Ouragan
  • 1957–1964 Dassault Mystère IV
  • 1964–1981 Fouga Magister
  • 1981–present Dassault/Dornier Alpha-Jet