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Like in previous editions, the International Sanicole Airshow welcomes a number of Dutch participants. This year in particular, the number of classic planes stand out.
A rhythmic aerial ballet in the evening sky, that is the promise of the French air force who will send one of the world’s greatest display teams to the Sanicole Sunset Airshow: The Patrouille de France.
A display of extreme intensity comes from the French air force’s omnirole combat aircraft, the Rafale. The French airforce uses the Rafale mainly as a fighter, strike aircraft and reconnaissance airplane.
Belgian F-16s are currently patrolling the skies of the Baltic states and the Baltic Sea, operating from the Polish base of Malbork. At this base, there is also a squadron of Mig-29s, which also perform these patrol duties.
The Polish airforce will send a second display to Sanicole this year, a tactical display by two SU-22s, classic cold war strike aircraft of the Warsaw Pact, dating back to the mid-1960s, but of course with upgrades since then.
One of the most famous and respected display teams in the world return to Sanicole to take part in the Sanicole Sunset Airshow on Friday evening, 18 September: The Royal Air Force Red Arrows! Their routine with precise large formations and breathtaking syncro manoeuvers has made them crowd favourites for 51 years now.
The Frecce Tricolori are the largest aerobatic team in Europe, flying 10 Aermacchi MB39 jet trainers. They are stationed at Rivolto, near Udine, in the north of Italy. 2015 marks the 55th anniversary of the team representing the Italian air force and aviation industry both at home and abroad.
The Red Devils are the Belgium Air Force's aerobatic display team. They fly four SIAI Marchetti SF260 planes painted in an overall red paint scheme with the Belgium national flag colors painted on the bottom wing and vertical stabilizer;
For years, the Patrouille suisse have been ambassadors at airshows across Europe showcasing Swiss precision in an elegant demonstration. Their six aircraft wear the Swiss national colours proudly and they provide some additional excitement with flares throughout their display.
Swiss precision cannot be better exemplified than in Swiss watches, and Swiss chronographer Breitling combines precision and elegant design, elegance it shares with probably one of the most sleek airliners ever built, the Lockheed Super Constellation.
The American Melissa Pemberton is no stranger to the International Sanicole Airshow, but this year, she will take part with her own aircraft for the first time, an Edge 540. At previous editions of the show, she flew in a borrowed Extra 300, but thanks to the Edge 540’s better agility, higher rollrate and more powerful engine,