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Patrouille de France

Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet

Dassault Dornier Alpha Jet E F-UHRW/E166/3 Patrouille de France

The Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet is a light attack jet and advanced trainer aircraft co-manufactured by Dornier of Germany and Dassault-Breguet of France. The Patrouille de France, air demonstration team of the French Air Force, fly the Alpha Jet.

  • Role: Advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Dassault/Dornier
  • National origin: France/Germany
  • First flight: 26 October 1973
  • Introduction: 4 November 1977
  • Produced: 1973-1991
  • Number built: 480
  • Status: Operational

Military Operators

  • Belgian Air Component (Alpha Jet E) – 26 based in France
  • Cameroon Air Force (Alpha Jet MS2) – 27
  • Canada, Discovery Air Defence Services – 16 “Top Aces”(former Luftwaffe Alpha Jet Aircraft)
  • Egypt Air Force (Alpha Jet MS2 and E) – 14 MS2 and 40 E (MS1)
  • French Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – 99
  • Royal Moroccan Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – 24
  • Nigerian Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – 24
  • Portuguese Air Force – 50 (Alpha Jet A, former Luftwaffe aircraft)
  • Qatar Emiri Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – six
  • Royal Thai Air Force (25 Alpha Jet A – former Luftwaffe aircraft)
  • Togo Air Force – 12 (Alpha Jet E)
  • United Kingdom, QinetiQ – six (Alpha Jet A, former Luftwaffe aircraft)

Former military operators

  • German Air Force – 93 (Alpha Jet A)
  • Côte d’Ivoire Air Force (Alpha Jet E) – seven

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 13.23 m (43 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.11 m (29 ft 10¾ in)
  • Height: 4.19 m (13 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 17.50 m² (188.4 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 3,515 kg (7,750 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 7,500 kg (16,535 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × SNECMA Turbomeca Larzac 04-C5 turbofans, 13.24 kN (2,976 lbf) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h (540 kn, 621 mph) at sea level
  • Stall speed: 167 km/h (90 knots, 104 mph) (flaps and undercarriage down)
  • Combat radius: 610 km (329 nmi, 379 mi) lo-lo-lo profile, gun pod, underwing weapons and two drop tanks
  • Ferry range: 2,940 km (1,586 nmi, 1,827 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 14,630 m (48,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 57 m/s (11,220 ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns: One 27 mm Mauser BK-27 Revolver cannon in centreline gun pack with 120 rounds or one 30 mm DEFA in centerline pod with 150 rounds
  • Rockets: Two Matra rocket pods with eighteen SNEB 68 mm rockets each or two CRV7 rocket pods with nineteen 70 mm rockets each
  • Missiles: Two AIM-9 Sidewinders; two Matra Magic IIs; two AGM-65 Mavericks;
  • Bombs: 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) of payload on five external hardpoints, including a variety of bombs (such as the Hunting BL755 cluster bomb) or Drop tanks for extended range.

 

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