2016 Event Review

Spotter's Day at Creil AB, France, May 27, 2016
Location: Base Aérienne 110 Creil, Southern France
Admission: Adults age 18+ 10€, Children age 12+ 5€,Spotters Day: 70 €
Parking: Free
Value: Good
Rating out of 10: 8

RAMEX DELTA Mirage 2000N

A photo position close to the runway, close to the display axis and fairly good weather were the ingredients of an interesting Spotters Day on Friday May 27th at the Base Aérienne 110 Creil some 50 km north of Paris, France.

Well organized by the FOSA (Fondation des Œuvres Sociales de l'Air ), 250 aviation enthusiasts were given the possibility to take photos of the aircraft arriving and some rehearsing for the air show the next day. Unfortunately, the weather on Saturday was bad and many displays were cancelled.

The Polish Air Force sent two Mig-29 fighters and a CASA 295M as support aircraft. The German Air Force brought two EF200 Eurofighters and the Spanish Air Force present at Creil with a single EF-18BM Hornet Fast jets of the French Air Force included three Rafales, a Mirage 2000-5, one of the few Mirage 2000B in active duty and the Ramex Delta team with two Mirage 2000N plus one spare aircraft. The highlight of the day was the Ramex Delta's rehearsal, flying close formations and tactical maneuvers at high speeds. Rehearsals also included the acrobatic team Cartouche Doré with three TB-30 Epsilon and a vintage De Havilland DH-100 Vampire FB.6. Flying in for the static display were various additional aircraft of the French Air Force such as a rarely seen Airbus A310 transport aircraft, Alpha Jets, EMB 121 Xingu, Cirrus and an Eurocopter Tiger HAP. Those who love warbirds and historic aircraft enjoyed taking photos of a Boeing Stearman, a Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk, two North American T-6G Texan and a Fouga CM-170R Magister.
At the end of the day, the flight line was open to the spotters for taking photos of all the aircraft that arrived during the day along with some other aircraft of units based at Creil AB.
Participating aircraft included:

EF2000 Eurofighter
EF-18BM Hornet
Mirage 2000-5, 2000B, 2000N
Alpha Jet
TB-30 Epsilon
EMB 121 Xing
C-160 Transall
Airbus A310
CASA 235, 295
Tiger HAP
Patrouille de France
Ramex Delta
Cartouche Doré
Extra 330SC
L-39ZO Albatros
DH-100 Vampire
Fouga CM-170 Magister
Stearman PT17
P-40N Kittyhawk
T-6 Texan
Murphy Renegade Sprint 912
Pietenpol Air Camper J3
and more

Report and photography by Ralf Peter Walter for

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