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Concurrently, the Vichy army officers used the defeat of the air force to justify abolishing the air ministry and the air force general staff, incorporating their functions into the war ministry and army general staff and returning the air force to its former status as a branch of the army.
The air force had no aircraft suitable for the attack of battlefield targets, and the air staff on several occasions declined to consider proposals for dive bombers or assault aircraf t on the grounds that the attack of battlefield targets was contrary to air force policy.
The behavior of the leaders of the French Air Force before and during the Battle of France suggests that their primary purposes were to protect the regular air force against its domestic adversaries and to ensure its survival after the battle and the expected defeat.
www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil /airchronicles/aureview/1985/sep-oct/kirkland.html   (7559 words)

 French Air Force - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The French Air Force is the air force branch of the French Armed Forces.
The French took active interest in developing their air force and had the first fighter pilots of World War I. During the interwar years, however, particularly in the 1930s, the quality fell when compared with the Luftwaffe, which crushed both the French and British air forces during the Battle of France.
The French are awaiting the A400M military transport aircraft, which is still in developmental stages, and the integration of the new Rafale multi-role jet fighter, whose first squadron of 20 aircraft became operational in 2006 at Saint-Dizier.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/French_Air_Force   (999 words)

 France. French Foreign Legion & Air Force uniforms WW2
The French aviators of the famous Cigognes Squadron chose to wear fl ties, instead of the regulation blue, as a sign of mourning after September 11th, 1917, when Ace Georges Guynemer was shot down.
In 1943, the Free French Air Forces and the Vichy Air Force were reunited and equipped by the Allies.
The French Ace of Aces of WWII was Captain Pierre Clostermann of the Free French Air Forces who shot down 38 German planes and attacked hundreds of ground targets in Spitfire, Typhoon and Tempest aircraft which put him just ahead of our Captain who had 35 confirmed "aircraft-kills".
www.diggerhistory.info /pages-uniforms/french-fl.htm   (957 words)

 Louis Morin, Free French Air Force, FFAF, Martin B-26 Marauder Man.
The mission, the seventh for "77," was in support of the Allied landings on the French Riviera and its objective was to silence the Saint Mandrier coastal batteries defending the naval base of Toulon.
Shortly, the arriving French Officer was informed that an attack on the fort was unnecessary as the German garrison had already surrendered to Colonel Bouvard whereupon Colonel Bouvard and the other French and American prisoners were told to hold the fort and the now German prisoners.
The next morning, on the arrival of French infantry, the French flag was raised with the infantry on one side of the courtyard and the previous prisoners of the Germans, now the captors, presenting arms on the other side.
www.b26.com /marauderman/louis_morin.htm   (650 words)

 The Forgotten Air Force: French Air Doctrine in the 1930s   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Air theory, which in France stressed the offensive and revolutionary nature of strategic air attack (as it did in Britain, the United States, and Italy), was distinctly unwelcome in such a passive environment.
We are nonetheless left with the clear impression that the French air force suffered from a remarkable lack of effective and forceful leaders during the interwar period.
Cain concludes that the leaders of the French air force were not decadent, traitorous, or stupid.
www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil /airchronicles/bookrev/cain.html   (906 words)

 French Air Force - Arm?de l?Air - French Intelligence Agencies
The organization of the French Air Force provides the necessary operational flexibility and a command structure adapted to the use of military force whilst ensuring coherent planning of air operations, unified tasking and the most effective use of resources.
The Air Force base is the level at which all the links from the various commands (operational, organic and territorial) are brought together.
The operational role of the Air Force relies on an organization that is adapted to the flexibility and mobility of air power supported by the necessary infrastructure and logistics chain.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/europe/fr-af.htm   (622 words)

 French air force chief backs joint drill in Australia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The chief of the French Air Force on Thursday backed the practice of joint training exercises as personnel from four nations including France took part in the biggest air force exercise held yet in Australia.
The French air force is participating for the first time despite its government's opposition to the US-led operations in Iraq, to which Australia is strongly committed.
The French air force worked closely with Australian refuelling crews and special forces during the invasion of Afghanistan and all four Pitch Black forces worked together in UN peacekeeping operations in East Timor in 1999.
www.spacewar.com /2004/040729071103.gbdhbpdb.html   (276 words)

 Iaf Begins Exercises With French Air Force - Pakistani Defence Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
After the French, the US Air force has also expressed interest in holding joint exercises with India and the schedule is likely to be worked out during next week's meeting of Indo-US joint defence policy group.
French Ambassador Dominique Giraud, who was present at the media interaction, refused to comment on this or on whether there was a proposal to manufacture the jets under licence in India.
French had the upper hand in BVR engagements (owing to the superior radar on the Mirage 2000 V's they were flying) but IAF had the upper hand in the WVR combat.
www.pakistanidefenceforum.com /index.php?showtopic=6279   (2302 words)

 Airain French Air Force 60'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In 1950 the French technical services issued a specification for chronograph to be used by the French Air Force, Flight Testing Center (CEV) and Naval Air forces (Aeronavale).
these chronographs were property of the french forces and only issued to pilots on missions from 1954 to the mid 70s it was succeeded by the Type 21.
A number were also sold to the air forces of Morocco and Argentina.
www.artoftime.org /catalog/item/1318508/787857.htm   (408 words)

 Spring of 1940: an assessment of the French Air Force
Pierre Cot the secretary of the French Air Force, taking in consideration the total disarray of his ministry, decided that the National security was too important for the production of war planes to be left in the hands of private enterprises.
French General d'Astier related that during one of his visit at the Nanterre depot to have his fighters equipped with bomb-racks, found the place deserted; the personnel had finished their day's work.
The idea of a mobile defense using the combined forces of the troops, the armors, and the Air Force did not have the support of a high command with an outdated mentality.
aerostories.free.fr /1940/page9.html   (912 words)

 Air Force Times - News - More News.
A member of the 108th Air Refuling Wing of the 774th Expeditionary Air Base Group adjusts a flag as she prepares the set on a stage inside a hangar of the French military air base in Istres, southern France, on Thursday.
That mission continued quietly in the background of the sharp decline in French-American ties, and was spared some of the fallout suffered by other areas of cooperation.
France is arguably America’s oldest military ally, dating to French general Lafayette’s support to insurgents fighting the British in the 18th century American Revolution.
www.airforcetimes.com /story.php?f=1-292925-560523.php   (645 words)

 Indian Air Force - Indo French Combat Exercises
The aim of the exercise is to enhance mutual fighter operational understanding between the two air forces and also to lay the foundation for future co-operation.
With the imminent arrival of the Ilyushin IL-78 Refueling aircraft in the Indian Air Force and the conversion of the Mirage, Jaguar, Mig27 and Mig29 fleet to receive, it was a fantastic opportunity for the Indians.
French Pilots were able to utilise their vast experience in Beyond Visual Range Combat, which is something that the IAF Pilots lacked experience in, as BVR missiles are only now being inducted into the IAF.
www.bharat-rakshak.com /IAF/Images/Special/Garuda/index.html   (871 words)

 CENTAF release airpower summary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
C-17s from the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron are among the Air Force aircraft transporting equipment and supplies in support of the U.S. Central Command's assisted departure of Americans from Lebanon.
Air Force fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.
Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.
www.af.mil /news/story.asp?id=123023852   (550 words)

 French Air Force
The French Air Force continued to grow in the 1920s but little development took place in the quality of the aircraft being produced.
The Royal Air Force reluctantly supplied 350 aircraft but these were nearly all fairly old as the latest Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire were needed to defend Britain.
It is estimated that the French lost 757 aircraft during the Western Offensive.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /2WWfrenchair.htm   (285 words)

 French Air Force
The pre-positioning of some air assets overseas (combat and transport aircraft, helicopters) facilitates a swift response to any request for assistance within the framework of bi-lateral agreements and thus enables the defence of French national interests.
The piloted component of the strategic air assets includes the in-flight refuelling capability of the C 135 FR aircraft powered by four CFM 56 engines ; these aircraft also provide refuelling for all combat aircraft within the Air Force.
The A400M (formerly known as the Future Large Aircraft) is a military transporter designed to meet the requirements of the air forces of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
homepage.eircom.net /~steven/french.htm   (1617 words)

 Aviation Wings and Badges of WW2 - French Air Force   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
After the victory in 1918, the French Army generals were quick to forget the true reasons of allied superiority — air power — and to boast themselves and their military genius.
The official French Air Force of Maréchal Pétain (called Armée de l’Air de Vichy) had to fight the Allies in Syria and Senegal but was defeated by the United States during the North Africa Landings in November 1942.
The French Ace of aces of WWII was Captain Pierre Clostermann of the Free French Air Forces who shot down 38 German planes and hundreds of ground targets on Spitfire, Typhoon and Tempest aircraft.
www.ww2wings.com /wings/france/francemain.shtml   (647 words)

 Air Force Technology - Mirage 2000 - Multi-role Combat Fighter
It has been operational with the French Air Force since 1984, and has been selected by Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Greece, India, Peru, Qatar, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.
In July 2005, the Government of Brazil agreed to purchase 12 ex-French Air Force Mirage 2000C aircraft.
The air intakes are fitted with an adjustable half-cone-shaped centre body, which provides an inclined shock of air pressure for highly efficient air input.
www.airforce-technology.com /projects/mirage/index.html   (978 words)

 French Air Force - French Navy - French Army - Armee de l'Air - Aeronavale - Armee de Terre   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Commandement de la Force Aérienne de Projection (CFAP) is responsible for tactical airlift, VIP transport, liaison, SAR and CSAR tasks operating a variety of transport aircraft and helicopters at a large number of bases in both France as well as locations overseas.
The past decade saw the delivery of large numbers of Mirage 2000B, C, D and N models replacing most of the Mirage F1's as the countries prime air defence fighter and the venerable Mirage 3E in the tactical and nuclear strike role with EC3 and EC4 respectively.
The C-135FR's Stratotanker is the air forces main refuelling platform.
www.scramble.nl /mil/1/adla/adla-main.htm   (1064 words)

 Education and training   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Training is at the heart of Air Force life and is embedded in the strategic thinking long-term commitment to the future strength of the French Air Force.
The French Air Force has developed by allowing each individual to progress: from the student pilot to the Chief of Air Staff terized by the passing on of knowledge and is inspired by the necessity to prepare each and everyone to be able to progress within the organization.
A significant part of French Air Force activity is dedicated to this.
www.defense.gouv.fr /sites/air/contents_in_english/french_air_force/education_and_training/education_and_training   (348 words)

 CENTAF releases airpower summary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Additionally, eight Air Force, French Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.
Air Force F-16s also provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad.
On July 13, Air Force, French Air Force and Royal Air Force tankers flew 40 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.4 million pounds of fuel.
www.af.mil /news/story.asp?id=123023424   (430 words)

 Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis - National Defense
The Air Attaché is the representative of the Chief of Staff of the French Air Force in the United States of America.
The Air Force branch of the Military Mission at the Embassy of France is mainly responsible for establishing contacts between the French Air Force and the United States Air Force (official visits, development of cooperations between the two services, exchanges and exercises, assignments of French liaison officers to US facilities).
The Army Attaché is the representative of the Chief of Staff of the French Army in the United States.
www.info-france-usa.org /atoz/defense10.asp   (358 words)

 MAPS Air Museum - North American T-28 Trojan
During the early 1950's the French were facing an uprising in their colony of Algeria.
By 1959 the French Air Force began looking for a suitable replacement for the T-6 and turned to the United States.
An ex-U.S. Air Force T-28A was pulled from mothball storage at Davis Monthan AFB in Arizona and Pacific Airmotive went to work.
www.mapsairmuseum.org /trainer.htm   (561 words)

 eBay - french air force, Militaria, Diecast, Toy Vehicles items on eBay.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
FRENCH AIR FORCE patch ERV 93 Op ALYSSE Saudi made
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 French Air Force
The Air Force operates just over 1,000 aircraft of various types (combat, transport, liaison, training and helicopters), from the Mirage 2000 to the Epsilon.
Produced to meet a joint Anglo-French requirement in 1965 for a dual-role advanced/operational trainer and tactical support aircraft, the Jaguar has been transformed into a potent fighter-bomber.A variety of weapons including cluster, freefall, retard and laser guided bombs, as well as rockets can be carried on the four wing and one fuselage stations.
-C 135 FR The piloted component of the strategic air assets includes the in-flight refuelling capability of the C 135 FR aircraft powered by four CFM 56 engines ; these aircraft also provide refuelling for all combat aircraft within the Air Force.
homepage.eircom.net /~war/french.htm   (713 words)

 Air Force / Dauntless
Over the years I've accumulated a number of homebrew datacards and player aids for Air Force and Dauntless.
He was kind enough to send this letter with some background of the game to post here.
The titles, products, and intellectual property supported by this site: Air Force, Dauntless, and The Air Force Dauntless Expansion Kit are all trademarks of and copyrighted by Hasbro, Inc. as the successor of The Avalon Hill Game Company.
www.applelinks.net /googoomuck/Mike's_Air_Force_page.html   (242 words)

 France: the Forgotten Air Force
Starting in 1933, the French air force devoted its annual maneuvers to the problem of intercepting German bombers.
Worse yet, the supposedly independent air force was parceled out to army commanders, who used the airmen for reconnaissance or tied them closely to soldiers on the ground.
Another group had the ill luck to be assigned to the 5th Army, which pulled out without telling the airmen, who for the final 12 days of the Third Republic were obliged to defend it like so many freebooters, on whatever ground and by whatever means seemed best to them.
www.warbirdforum.com /france.htm   (398 words)

 Career French Air Force
and while the war was still raging on, that I entered the big French Air Force family with the hope of becoming a pilot someday.
It was in 1952 that my dream would finally be realized: I was admitted in the flying personnel of the French Air Force as a student pilot, and just in time as I was approaching the age limit of 25 years!
The French Air Force accepted my request and after 18 years of "true and loyal services" I received my honorable discharge.
perso.wanadoo.fr /paqsenior/cursusE.htm   (871 words)

 Chandra Press Room :: CXC Biographies :: Michel Tognini (Brigadier General, French Air Force)
He enrolled at Ecole de l'Air,(the French Air Force Academy), Salon de Provence, France, graduating with an engineering degree in 1973.
From 1974-1981, he served as an operational fighter pilot in French Air Force (Cambrai Air Base), at the 12th Escadre de Chasse, flying SMB2 and Mirage F1 aircraft.
Although Tognini remained a French Air Force officer, he was placed on detachment to CNES for his space flight activities from September 1986 onwards.
chandra.harvard.edu /press/bios/tognini_bio.html?set=large   (771 words)

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