Special Events

Our display at the
Patrouille de France
50th Anniversary Celebrations,
Salon de Provence, France,
15th - 18th May 2003.

First formed in May 1953, 2003 saw the Patrouille de France celebrate their 50th anniversary. They marked the occasion by hosting an international aerobatic team meet and airshow at their home base of Salon de Provence, in the South of France.

Our SIG was extremely honoured to be invited by the Patrouille de France Pilots Association, to join in the anniversary celebrations by putting on a display of our aerobatic team models in the town hall in Salon de Provence. In conjunction with this, the town hall also featured an art exhibition by a number of aviation artists, and another display of models by our very good friends and fellow SIG members, the "Aerobatic Display Team of Toulouse" model group, based in France.

A number of our SIG members travelled from the UK, Ireland, Germany, France and Iceland, to meet up in Salon de Provence. We displayed a total of 179 models on our stand, for four days during the team's official celebrations and international airshows. Our members also received the full V.I.P treatment and special passes for both the "private" and public airshows, where we were able to watch several of the world's top display teams perform and meet many of the team members too.

We are extremely grateful to the Patrouille de France and especially Dennis Meunier of the Patrouille de France Pilot's Association, for inviting us to take part in such a prestigious event - it was (probably...) a once-in-a-lifetime trip which we shall never forget !

The next three photos show the impressive display put together by our friends, the "Aerobatic Display Team of Toulouse" group :-

Below, a small selection of photos from the "private, VIP-only" day at the Base of Salon de Provence :

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