Typhoons at Bastille Day
Two Typhoon aircraft from 29 (Reserve) Squadron, RAF, have today taken part in the annual Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. The aircraft, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, formed part of a flypast over the capital, along with aircraft from the French Air Force, Le Armée de l’air.
Wing Commander Graham Pemberton, Officer Commanding 29 (R) Sqn said,
“It is a great honour for the RAF, and for this squadron, to have been invited by our French allies to take part in this event. My squadron has a long and proud association with France, dating back to when we first landed at St Omer in France in March 1916” he continued “As a pilot, you get many privileged opportunities, flying over a wonderful city such as Paris certainly ranks amongst them”
The participation by the RAF in the flypast reflects the strong and growing relationship between the armed forces of France and the UK. This relationship was further enhanced by the 2010 UK/French Defence Co-Operation Treaty but dates back many years. No 29 Squadron served in France during World War One, in 1917 the Squadron was equipped with French-made Nieuport 17 aircraft. During World War Two, many members of the Free French Air Force served as part of the Royal Air Force, including 13 Frenchmen who flew with the RAF during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Top: Aircraft taking place in the annual Bastille Day celebration.
Bottom: Aircrew of two Typhoon aircraft from 29 (Reserve) Squadron, RAF, Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Halpin, Flt Lt Graham, Wing Commander (Wg Cdr) Pemberton and Flt Lt Jones