French Air Force Chief of Staff visits British air base
22 July 2015
The French Air Force Chief of Staff, General Denis Mercier, visited the British air base of Fairford from 16 to 18 July 2015, to attend the Royal International Air Tattoo.
This international air show brings together nearly 150,000 visitors and more than 100 aircraft every year, and it provided General Mercier with an opportunity to meet representatives of the industry, as well as many of his counterparts. On 30 September he is due to take up the post of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, one of NATO’s two major command positions.
The show was also an opportunity for the French, American and British air force chiefs of staff to sign a trilateral charter confirming their shared strategic vision.
In a sign of the excellent personal relationship forged with Britain’s Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, General Mercier had the great honour of flying in one of the Spitfires that arrived specially to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Throughout the show, the Patrouille de France’s red, white and blue Alpha Jets and the Ramex Delta’s two Mirage 2000Ns acted as outstanding ambassadors for the French air force, winning over the public with highly elegant flight displays. Air Chief Marshal Pulford had the privilege of attending the Patrouille de France’s pre-display rehearsal, known as la musique, and was particularly impressed by the French pilots’ concentration.
Watch a video of la musique from Ouest France below: