Since January 23, the Mérignac Aérocampus training center has been the official home of the Rafale B01 development aircraft, which will be used as a tool for students to carry out practical training on a life-size model.
“The aircraft was based at Istres,” explains Philippe Deligne, Deputy Director at the Aérocampus. “It was made available to us by the Ministry of the Armed Forces,” he added, specifying: “Having arrived disassembled in three trucks, the aircraft was reassembled by Dassault and Aérocampus teams.” This was a real treat for the students, some of whom even had the opportunity to gain hands-on reassembly experience.
At the inauguration evening, Éric Trappier retraced the Rafale’s journey, relating how the aircraft had originally been assembled at Mérignac before being moved to Istres and then returning to the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region for the next phase of its life. He highlighted the success of the campus and the work of everyone involved in making the site a preeminent aeronautical training center.
Students and trainees must now get to grips with the aircraft as a practical work tool.