French Air Force - Armée de l'Air
EC01.003 - 1 Escadron de Chasse ‘Navarre'
Nancy-Ochey Air Base (BA 133)
June 13-14, 2018

1 Escadron de Chasse  ‘Navarre' 1 Escadron de Chasse  ‘Navarre' Through COAP I spent two long days on base as guests of EC01.003 'Navarre' one of three Mirage 2000D squadrons based at Nancy-Ochey. From 08:00 in the morning to well after mid-night, it was access all areas enabling a full range of images, enabling us to follow crews from their crew room and flight planning to the 'step', engine start-up, taxi out and take-off.


EC01.003 - 1 Escadron de Chasse ‘Navarre' consists;

1 Esc SPA.95 ‘Oriflamme chargé d'un Martinet’,
2 Esc SPA.153 ‘Gypaéte’,
3 Esc SPA.62 ‘Coq de Combat’.
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Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT') 1 Escadron de Chasse ‘Navarre' 75th Anis (1943 to 2018) anniversary jet taxiing out for night flying training.

Pre-flight preparation
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Early morning squadron meeting and weather briefing.
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Air crew book out their aircraft just before they go out to their jets. Pilots from each squadron man the departure centre on a rotational basis.

Post flight briefing
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Air crew conduct a post flight briefing with the Squadron Commanders.

Final checks and taxi out
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Pre-flight aircraft checks and on to engine start-up.
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Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT') ground crew assist the air crew with belting up and passing them the helmets.
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Belting up, helmet on.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT') final external checks before taxiing.
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Mirage 2000D (638 '3-IJ')
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (662 '3-XA') with SPA 62 'Coq de Combat' emblem on tail. Mirage 2000D (638 '3-IJ').
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Left to right:Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT') 1 Escadron de Chasse ‘Navarre' 75th Anis (1943 to 2018) anniversary jet.
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Mirage 2000D (610 '3-XX') with SPA 62 'Coq de Combat' emblem on tail.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000Ds (647 '3-IO', 623 '3-MP' and 638 '3-IJ').
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Mirage 2000D (638 '3-IJ') with SPA 153 'Gypaète' emblem on tail.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (610 '3-XX') with SPA 153 'Gypaète' emblem on tail.
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Mirage 2000D (647 '3-IO') with EC01.003 'Navarre' taxiing out.

Departure
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (638 '3-IJ') with SPA 153 'Gypaète' emblem on tail.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (610 '3-XX') with SPA 153 'Gypaète' emblem on tail.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (647 '3-IO') with SPA 62 'Coq de Combat' emblem on tail.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000Ds (609 '3-IF') with SPA 153 'Gypaète' emblem on tail.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000Ds (624 '3-IT', 638 '3-IJ' and 609 '3-IF').
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Left to right: Mirage 2000Ds (610 '3-XX', 647 '3-IO' and 624 '3-IT').

End of flight
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Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT').
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT') 1 Escadron de Chasse ‘Navarre' 75th Anis (1943 to 2018) anniversary jet.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000Ds (610 '3-XX', 638 '3-IJ' and 624 '3-IT').
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Mirage 2000D (638 '3-IJ') with SPA 153 'Gypaète' emblem on tail.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (647 '3-IO').
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Air and ground crew.

Squadron celebration
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Night flying
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Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT') 1 Escadron de Chasse ‘Navarre' 75th Anis (1943 to 2018) anniversary jet.
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Left to right: Mirage 2000Ds (624 '3-IT' and 609 '3-IF').
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT').
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Left to right: Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT').
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Mirage 2000D (624 '3-IT') post flight.
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Left to right: Sheltered Mirage 2000D (638 '3-IJ'). Mirage 2000D (662 '3-XA').

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The squadron mascots

Relics with EC01.003 ‘Navarre’.
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Left to right: Mirage IIIEs (333 '3-II' and 500 '3-IR')