Why Patrouille de France to make American tour?

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As we reported earlier, the Patrouille de France will make a tour during April in North-America within that in the United States of America and Canada. Why the French team will make this tour? Interesting facts about it on our article from the article of Ric Peterson... 

On April 6, 1917, the American Congress voted to go to war following Germany’s submarine attacks on neutral ships. A decision made easier after the interception of a telegram from the German Minister for Foreign Affairs asking his ambassador in Mexico to conclude an alliance with Mexico against the United States. At that moment the Great War, until then European, became world-wide. To commemorate this entry of the United States in the First World War, the Patrouille de France is crossing the Atlantic. In early December last year members of the Patrouille de France attended the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas. There, I had a chance to discuss with them their plan.  Since that short time ago they have organized an impressive tour that will see them arrive from France via the northern route over Iceland, Greenland and Canada in early April then cross the US and back to Canada by mid May. The tour marks an important anniversary and will include more than just the team.

France is one of America’s oldest allies. According to the official French press release, “The jet team’s participation in the 100th anniversary of the US involvement symbolizes the enduring friendship and unfailing brotherhood that bind the two countries.  Sharing a common vision of the determining role of air power, the French Air Force and the US Air Force (USAF) are among the few western air forces capable of covering the entire spectrum of Air missions. The joint commitment of French and American airmen fighting side by side and operational cooperation between France and the United States is now at an unparalleled level: The two countries are major partners in the fight against terrorism. That French and American airmen have been together for over thirty years in various coalitions or NATO missions echoes what their elders did when they fought jointly in 1917 and during the Second World War.”

Patrouille de France American Tour - source: French Air Force
At the end of the First World War there were 189 French aces. 8 Americans added to this figure. As it appears in 1915, “Ace designates the aviator who has five approved aerial victories”.  The French set 2 conditions: the destruction of an enemy aircraft over French territory and the observation by the troops or the testimony of two other pilots of the destruction. As part of the tour, the Team’s Alphajets will display on their flank, the portrait of a French ace of World War I.  2017 also marks the centenary of the disappearance of one of the most legendary of them, Captain Georges Guynemer (born 24 December 1894 – reported missing 11 September 1917).  He had 54 victories and was a French national hero at the time of his death. The A400M Atlas will provide logistical support for the Patrouille de France. Approximately 25 tons of equipment and about sixty passengers will be transported during the 24 stages of the tour. Crossing the Atlantic constitutes a real technical and logistical challenge.  The A400M Atlas is a Tactical transport aircraft out of  the base at D’Orléans Bricy and integrated into 61 Wing. It has cargo capacities and more range than the smaller C160 Transall or the C130 Hercules it will replace for the tour.  We’ll have a rare chance to see it in North America but there is no word on any demonstration flights at this time. By the end of 2019, France will have a fleet of 15  A400M transports with an over all target of 50 within the French Air Force.
Photo: French Air Force
Full Article and article source: Why The French Are Coming To North America - February 24, 2017 by Ric Peterson
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