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French Air Force - Armée de l'Air
Ecole de L'Aviation de Chasse Flying with 208(R) from RAF Valley
2008, 2009 and 2010

The French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) frequently train to fly at low level. Alpha Jets from Ecole de L'Aviation de Chasse 00.314 based at Tours-St.Symphorien (BA 705) fill the gap between basic training and the front line fast jet units. During the AJeTS (Advanced Jet Training School) course students are required to navigate to air bases across the UK. AJeTS use a procedure named Exercise 'Garlic Lemon' - Anglo-French agreement which enables military aircraft to conduct low level training exercises in each country with just three days notice. Usually once a year AJeTS Instructor Pilots deploy to RAF Valley for a week. During their deployment, French and British aircrew fly a range joint and individual sorties many of which are at low level.
The images in this photo-report were all taken in LFA 7 (Wales), although the Alpha Jet s are known to have visited Scotland and Cumbria they have not been seen at low level in these areas.
In October 2012 four Belgium Air Component Alpha Jets which operate with AJeTS from Cazaux in France deployed to RAF Valley and despite flying some missions were rarely seen at low level due probably to the poor weather.
Dornier-AMD Alpha Jet E (E38 '314-LH') of Ecole de L'Aviation de Chasse 00.314 based at Tours.
Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E38 '314-LH').
Alpha Jet E (E118 '314-LN').
Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E118 '314-LN').
Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E10 '314-UL').
Alpha Jet E (E7 '314-TU').
Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E7 '314-TU').
Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E45 '314-TF') on a mid-afternoon solo sortie in August 2009.
Left to right: Alpha Jet Es in August 2009.

Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E104 '705-TG') on June 17, 2010.
Left to right: Alpha Jet Es (E82 '314-LW' and E20 '705-MS') on June 17, 2010.
Alpha Jet E (E104 '705-TG')

Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E22 '705-LS') on June 16, 2010.
Left to right: Alpha Jet E (E104 '705-TG') on June 16, 2010.