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The French Air Force is the air force branch of the French Armed Forces. Its official name is the Armée de l'Air (literally, "army of the air"). Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... Organization The French armed forces are divided into four branches: Army (Armée de Terre), including Chasseurs Alpins French Foreign Legion Marine troops light aviation (ALAT - Aviation Légére de lArmée de Terre) engineers (Génie) including Paris Fire Brigade Navy (Marine Nationale), including Naval Air naval...

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History

It was originally established as the Aviation Militaire, a division of the French Army, in 1910, and is considered by many to be the world's first air force chronologically. It did not become an independent branch of the military, however, until the 1930s.

  • Armée de l'Air (Part I: From birth to "Torch", 1909-1942)
  • Armée de l'Air (Part II: Fighting for Free France, 1940-1945)
  • Armée de l'Air (Part III: End of empire in Indochina and Algeria, 1939-1962)

Bases

The list is incomplete.

Istres Air Base (Base aérienne dIstres, Base aérienne 125, BA 125) is a large base of the French Air Force, located near Istres, north of Marseille, in Bouches-du-Rhône, France. ... Salon-de-Provence Air Base (Base aérienne de Salon-de-Provence) or BA 701 is a base of the French Air Force located near Salon-de-Provence in southern France. ... A ceremony on BA 702 Avord Air Base, or BA 702, named after Captain Georges Madon, is a base of the French Air Force located near Avord, near Bourges, in central France. ...

Units

The list is incomplete.


Surveillance and Communications Command (CASSIC)

The surveillance and communications command is charged with means of detection and communication.

The ceremony for the 10 years of CASSIC
The ceremony for the 10 years of CASSIC

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (950x631, 117 KB)A ceremony for the 10th year of French Air Force CASSIC on BA702, including an AWACS aircraft source Copyright French Ministry of Defense This work is copyrighted. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (950x631, 117 KB)A ceremony for the 10th year of French Air Force CASSIC on BA702, including an AWACS aircraft source Copyright French Ministry of Defense This work is copyrighted. ...

Strategic air command (CFAS)

CAS is charged with nuclear weapons.

  • refueling squadron 00.093 Bretagne
  • Fighter squadrons. All are equipped with Mirage 2000 N K2 fighter/bombers, and have as their primary mission strategic nuclear bombing using the ASMP standoff missile, and as their secondary mission conventional air assault.
    • 1/4 Dauphiné
    • 2/4 La Fayette
    • 3/4 Limousin
  • strategic reconnaissance squadron 1/91 Gascogne (French Air Force)
  • tactical instruction center 00.339 Aquitaine

A Mirage 2000 of the Indian Air Force The Mirage 2000 is a French-built multi-role fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... The ASMP (Air_Sol Moyenne Portee _ medium_range air to surface missile) is an air_launched nuclear warhead delivery system used by France. ...

Tactical air command

  • 2/3 Normandie-Niemen

Normandie-Niemen (Normandia-Nemen) is the GC3 (Groupe de Chasse 3 or 3rd Fighter Group) of the French Air Force. ...

See also

  • Armée de l'Air: history

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The air force had no aircraft suitable for the attack of battlefield targets, and the air staff on several occasions declined to consider proposals for dive bombers or assault aircraf t on the grounds that the attack of battlefield targets was contrary to air force policy.
The behavior of the leaders of the French Air Force before and during the Battle of France suggests that their primary purposes were to protect the regular air force against its domestic adversaries and to ensure its survival after the battle and the expected defeat.
French Air Force - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (999 words)
The French Air Force is the air force branch of the French Armed Forces.
The French took active interest in developing their air force and had the first fighter pilots of World War I. During the interwar years, however, particularly in the 1930s, the quality fell when compared with the Luftwaffe, which crushed both the French and British air forces during the Battle of France.
The French are awaiting the A400M military transport aircraft, which is still in developmental stages, and the integration of the new Rafale multi-role jet fighter, whose first squadron of 20 aircraft became operational in 2006 at Saint-Dizier.
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