Orange-Caritat 2008Back to Country
Date: 18 May 2008
Made by: Scramble
Static: FB05/FS F-16BM 1sm ST44 SF260D 5sm 4947/47 F-2000C BrazilAF/1°GDA 45+40 Tornado IDS JBG33 907 TA-4SU 150sq 957 A-4SU 150sq XX256/256 Hawk T1A 19(R)sq E101/314-TT Alpha Jet E EAC00.314 071/62 CN235M-200 ET03.062 095/YM EMB121AA EAT00.319 647/33-CB Mirage F1CR ER01.033 362/4-CU Mirage 2000N EC03.004 105/7-HE Rafale C EC01.007 69/315-WL TB-30 EPAA00.315 1 ATL2 21F 46 N262E 28F 3 Sup Etendard 11F 71 Sup Etendard 17F F-AZLV CM170 ex 479 F-BFMQ L-4J ex 44-80231 RA-3338K L-39 private There are six hangars, three on each side of the squadron building. The list of hangars below starts with the one on the far left side as seen from the public area. No hangar numbers were noted so the first hangar is given number 6 and the others are counted down to hangar 1, which is the one on the far right side as seen from the public area. Hangar 6: 16/5-OX Mirage 2000C EC02.005 510/5-OQ, 515/5-OG Mirage 2000B EC02.005 522/5-OV, 530/5-OL Mirage 2000B EC02.005 Hangar 5: This hangar seemed to be empty apart from some cars. Hangar 4: F-PLJB, F-PREV Rutan 33 Patrouilla Reva F-PYSM Rutan 33 Patrouilla Reva For sake of completeness we mention these three light aircraft that operated from this hangar. Hangar 3: Open to public, only a pub inside. Hangar 2: 4/5-NT, 9/5-NH Mirage 2000C stored .../5-OH, 508/..., +1 Mirage 2000C stored Hangar 1: 30/5-OF, 509/... Mirage 2000C EC02.005 Flightline: FA101 F-16AM 2w FA131 F-16AM 2w spec mks J-011 F-16AM 313sq J-055 F-16AM 313sq spec mks T.21-04/35-42 C295M Ala 35 E25/F-TETJ Alpha Jet E EAC00.314 spec mks E120/314-LG Alpha Jet E EAC00.314 R154/61-ZT C-160R ET03.061 578/AH PC-7 EPNER 125/XO TBM-700A ETEC00.065 092/YL EMB121AA EAT00.319 462/312-JG EMB312F EPNAA05.312 487/312-UF EMB312F EPNAA05.312 spec 3956/BLA SA342M EHM 2002/ATB Tigre HAP EFA F-MJBD EC145 Gendarmerie F-ZBAP/12 S-2 Firecat Sécurité Civile F-AZBL SNJ-5 ex USN 90669 F-AZDD MD312 ex France 216 F-AZHR T-28F ex France 135 F-AZJS Spitfire PR19 ex RAF PS890 F-AZKM OV-10B ex Germany 99+24 F-AZST PT-17 private F-GGCN MH1521M ex France 6 F-GOJB CAP231EX private F-HELL AS350B3 private ... MS406 private The Spanish Patrulla Aguila with these C101EB Aviojets: E.25-27/79-27/1 E.25-26/79-26/2 E.25-08/79-08/3 E.25-25/79-25/4 E.25-14/79-14/5 E.25-21/79-21/6 E.25-22/79-22/7 E.25-06/79-26/8 The Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de France: E95/F-TERQ/1 E135/F-TERX/2 E31/F-TERK/3 E122/F-TERD/4 E94/F-TERH/5 E162/F-TERJ/6 E163/F-TERB/7 E130/F-TERP/8 E41/F-TERA/9 E114/F-TERR/0 TB-30s of Cartouche Dorée / EPAA00.315: 90/F-SEXG/0 102/F-SEXS/2 104/F-SEXU/3 141/F-SEZF/4 L-39Cs of Team Breitling: ES-YLX/1 ES-YLS/2 ES-TLC/3 ES-YLR/4 ES-YLI/5 ES-YLF/6 ES-YLP/7 ES-TLF/9 Flightline elsewhere: 5509/WB AS555AN EH05.067 520 D140R CEV Flying only and visit: 574/93-CP C-135FR GRV00.093 204/36-CD E-3F EDCA00.036 310/4-CE Mirage 2000N EC03.004 345/4-BU Mirage 2000N EC02.004 147/XS TBM-700A ETEC00.065 F-ZBFW CL-415 Sécurité Civile F-GJJZ AS355N SAMU Noted inside various shelters near flightline: 1/5-OJ Mirage 2000C EC02.005 512/5-OU, 518/5-OM* Mirage 2000B EC02.005 519/5-OW*, 520/5-OS* Mirage 2000B EC02.005 524/5-OA, 529/5-OC* Mirage 2000B EC02.005 Aircraft marked * performed in four-ship display. Dumped, stored and preserved on base: (J-1124)/"10035" Vampire FB6 pres, ex Swiss AF A35 Jaguar A cockpit only 38/5-OC Mirage 3C preserved 361/33-TJ Mirage 3RD dumped 426/13-QG Mirage 3E dumped 42/30-MC Mirage F1C preserved (37)/"32/BE" Mirage 4A preserved 121/5-OL S Mystère B2 preserved 143/5-WT Mystère 2C preserved Musée Aéronautique d'Orange: 495/3-XL Mirage 3E preserved 37 Etendard 4M preserved Situated in the sunniest part of France, the Provence, lies Base Arienne 115 (BA115) Orange-Caritat. The base, named after Capitaine de Seynes, was host to its last ever Meeting Aerien on 18 May 2008. As the base is due for closure in the near future it was not clear what to expect during the airshow, but it turned out to be a great event with enough variety. Currently, Orange houses just one Escadre de Chasse (EC02.005) with three Escadrons: Esacdron 1. "Paris", Escadron 2. "Versailles" and Escadron 3. "Vincennes". EC02.005's sister unit, Escadre de Chasse 01.005, was disbanded on 29 June 2007 in preparation for the closure of Orange. Goal of EC02.005 is Mirage 2000 conversion training and the unit is therefore mainly equipped with Mirage 2000B aircraft. Over 50 pilots per year graduate on the Mirage 2000, although this number is dropping as the Rafale is being introduced in the French Air Force. Although plans have to be confirmed by the French government, BA115 Orange is to be closed in 2009. The Mirages of EC02.005 will be transferred to Istres where it will take the place of EC03.004, to be disbanded in 2009. Highlights of the static show were two Singapore Air Force A-4 Skyhawks from Cazaux, and a former French Air Force Mirage 2000 in Brazilian Air Force colors. Despite being a Mirage 2000 base, no local Mirages could be found in the static show. The airshow saw participation of four local Mirages doing multiple fly-bys and two Mirage 2000C performing. Other participants were two Mirage 2000N from Istres, flying display of the CEV PC-7 and two fire-fighters (CL-415 and S-2 Turbo Tracker). Most of the static was placed in between fences, but most flying participants were parked at a flightline that could be photographed well, in most cases even with a clean background. During the morning the sun was in your face but in the afternoon the sun was getting better and better for taking pictures of the flying displays.