Bastille Day 2017 in Paris : the US Air Force flying with the French Air Force

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Published by Elodie D. · Photos by Julie M. · Updated on 14 July 2017 at 19h35 · Published on 14 July 2017 at 18h30
On July 14, 2017, Bastille Day will provide you with a military airshow. Whether you are in Paris itself or in its surrounding, you will be able to look up and attend the show! We do not know yet who the participants of the airshow will be, but there is one sure thing: the air demonstration squadron United States Air Force Thunderbirds will be in.

Bastille Day takes place on July 14, 2017. Even though the military parade is impressive on the ground, we like the airshow even more and you can hear it and see it even if you are miles away from Paris.

Traditionally, the Patrouille Acrobatique de France sets the ball rolling with an uncommon formation, announcing the coming of the air force and army’s parade. The opening parade features 50 aircrafts (Mirage 2000N, Mirage 200 RDI, Rafale B, Dassault falcon, 1E – 3F which are the most impressive) and will be accompanied by two F-22 “Raptor” and 6 F-16 furtive fighter planes from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

This call has been made to celebrate the historic cooperation between France and the US and more precisely to celebrate the USA agreeing to the Triple-Entente in 1917 joining France, the Russian Empire and Britain. Wing-commander Bruno Bézier, entrusted with the military parade program explains: “The cooperation with Americans and the commemoration of the Great War are this year’s governing principle within the French Air Force”.

Program to come…

Practical information
Military airshow on Bastille Day
Location: Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris

To know what to do in Paris on Bastille day, check our other guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 14 July 2017
From 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.



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