Patrouille de France and Red Arrows flyover Paris

Jun 18, 2020
Red Arrows and Patrouille de France. © Adj Julien Mortreuil / Armée de l’air

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team Red Arrows joined French Air Force display team Patrouille de France to perform flyover Paris this morning. It marks 80 years since an historic speech by Charles De Gaulle to the French people from London on 18 June 1940.

On the 18 June 1940, General de Gaulle spoke to the French people for the first time to ask them to join him in continuing the war. He spoke from London on BBC radio and this single, almost accidental, event is now considered one of the most fundamental acts in French political history.

The flyover is a start of 2020 display season for Patrouille de France, but it is still unknown when the airshow displays will be perform again.


Later same day both aerobatic teams performed flyover London to mark the same historic event.

Patrouille de France flew in nine ship formation, which is uncommon to the French team.



Red Arrows and Patrouille de France over Paris. Image by Red Arrows photographer Corporal Adam Fletcher of the jets over Paris with the Eiffel Tower prominent. Patrouille de France and Red Arrows flyover London. Image by Dave Jenkins