On April 24, 2018, the Luxeuil air base 116 welcomed several Mirage 2000N aircraft from the fighter squadron 2/4 “La Fayette,” as part of their farewell tour.
After 30 years of service in the French Air Force, the strategic bomber, specialized in nuclear deterrence, will cease to serve the French armed forces in 2018. Squadron 2/4 “La Fayette,” which will now use Rafale aircraft, has organized a farewell tour, which stops at each of the bases where the Mirage 2000N aircraft have served.
During this ceremony, Colonel Jean-Patrice Le Saint, commander of air base 116, also inaugurated the base’s museum, which has been christened the “Espace Maurice Happe” in honor of this pioneer of tactical bombing, known as the “red pirate” during World War I. This museum retraces a century of military aviation history, from the creation of the “La Fayette” Squadron in 1916, to the arrival of the Mirage 2000-5 aircraft of the fighter squadron 1/2 “Cigognes” in 2011.
Guests also discovered a room dedicated to the different Air Force professions, particularly aimed at young people.