The bimonthly publication features the Pilatus PC-21 and the Airbus A330 Phénix, two new French Air Force aircraft, and also takes a look back at the annual full-scale drill of the Army’s light aircraft.
For this 39th issue, dated December 2018 to January 2019, the magazine “RAIDS-Aviation” focuses the lenses of its photo-journalist Jean-Marc Tanguy on the PC-21 (from the Swiss manufacturer Pilatus) and the Airbus A330 Phénix. The first is the new training aircraft for future French Air Force fighter pilots (Rafale, Mirage). The second is a multi-role tanker, replacing four old fleets which include, for example, some Boeing KC135s put into service in… 1964!
Also featured is Operation Baccarat: this is the annual training drill for the Army’s light aircraft (4th Aerocombat Brigade, Clermont-Ferrand). At the end of September 2018, over a dozen days in the northeast of France, giant maneuvers were conducted involving 1,500 soldiers and 50 helicopters from France and Europe. Also in a military vein, the magazine looks at the aircraft of the Barkhane operation in the Sahel: in total flying over 100,000 hours since 2014.
Also not to be missed: the latest on the Falcon family (Dassault), allocated to the surveillance of French territory and the transportation of members of government. “RAIDS-Aviation” reviews the Falcon 10, 50M, 900, 7X and 2000, based in Villacoublay, Landivisiau and Lann-Bihoué, and the Falcon Guardian (or Falcon 20), operating in French overseas territories. Finally, the magazine features a return to Uzbin (Afghanistan), where ten French soldiers lost their lives in 2008, as well as a trip aboard a US Air Force aircraft.
“RAIDS-Aviation No. 39.” December 2018 to January 2019. Éditions Histoire et Collections. 84 pages.