A French Air Force A400M, based at Orléans, flew alongside the 'Patrouille de France', the oldest acrobatic display team in the world, over the city of New York as part of the Patrouille’s exhibition tour of North America
The tour began on 25 March and lasted a month and a half.
The New York flight was just one of 21 demonstrations and flybys planned during the six week tour.
The A400M is the support aircraft and has transported 25 tons of support equipment and 52 passengers.
The purpose of the tour is to mark the 100th anniversary of the entry of the USA into the 1st World War on 6 April 1917.
A French Air Force A400M landed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland outside Washington, D.C. The aircrew provided static visits for U.S. Army and Air Force personnel.
The A400M has flown over New-York, Cape Canaveral, San Francisco's Golden Gate and did a fly-by during main events like Sun'N Fun in Florida (400 000 spectators) and a Major USAF – FAF event in Maxwell Air Force Base with the attendance of the Chiefs of Staff of both Air Forces.
The A400M is highly praised by the Patrouille de France, which has clearly integrated it into their core team and is proud to show "their" A400M as the airlifter of the 21st century.
The Airbus team supporting the A400M during this tour were extremely proud to be part of this amazing adventure.