Cambrai - Epinoy (BA103) - CLOSED

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ICAO Code LFQI/XCB
Last Validated Mar 2012
City Cambrai
Position 50°13'09"N 003°09'13"E
Runway(s) 10/28
Elevation 256 ft

General

Cambrai was home of two Mirage 2000 squadrons. It was closed spring 2012. The airbase was a phantom of the wartime airbase, remains of which can still can be found outside the base.

Layout

The airfield has east-west runway with the majority of the activity takes place on the south side. Two shelter areas are used, the largest is in the southeast corner. The flightline is halfway down the runway on the south side and visitors are parked there too.
At the airshow, most of the ramp area around the hangars is accessible, along the flightline and the taxiway towards the aforementioned shelter area.

Getting There

Take the A2/E19 from Belgium to Paris. Take exit Cambrai/Hordain (exit 15) and follow the N30 towards Cambrai. When you reach Cambrai, take the N43 to Douai. The airbase is on your left hand side a few kilometres on the N43.

Around the Airport

1Epinoy

Follow the N43 to Epinoy and take the D21E to Sauchy Estree. In Epinoy, there is a small road from the south of the village towards the airbase from where the runway can be seen. With a good scope, aircraft on the ramps can be read off. Make sure that you are out of sight of the control-tower.

2Western approach

When you follow the D21E from Epinoy to Sauchy Estree you'll pass the Western approach. From here pictures can be taken with 200 mm. Aircraft on the most western ramps may be read off.

3Eastern approach

The N43 from Cambrai to Epinoy passes the Eastern approach. Don't park your car along the N43 because as it is not appreciated by locals nor the police. Instead, look for the very small parallel road running from Sancourt to the north and follow the signs to the WW1 memorial. You can park your car at the memorial.
From here pictures can be taken with 200 mm (you are standing a little bit higher than the road here). Aircraft on the most eastern ramps can be read off.

4Haynecourt

When you take the D340 from the N43 to Haynecourt, you will cross the Rue d'Oisy. Take this one to the right and you will have a view of the eastern taxiways. Not the best spot for photography but you might be able to read off some extra serials.

Excellent pictures can be taken at spot2 at Cambrai. The police will however not always agree..

Excellent pictures can be taken at spot 2 at Cambrai. The police will however not always agree.. (Pieter Taris)

Spot 3 is ok, but you need some extra millimetres

Spot 3 is ok, but you need some extra millimetres. (Pieter Taris)

Frequencies

118.525/122.100Tower
315.025Tower
142.450/371.025Approach
370.525/362.300Approach

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