50 years of BASC celebrations

Big day for our small team who was priviledged to attend the official ceremony for the half-century of the French Securite Civile.

Saturday June, 1st at Marignane, official medal pinings to the meritious fire fighters with an appron where the SC aircraft were lined up for visits and photographs : Tracker (07), Beech 200 (Bengale 97), Dash-8 (Milan 73), Beech 350i (private), specially decorated CL-415 (Pélican 32), INAER CL-215 (EC-HEU c/n 1038), Duxford's Canso Catalina and EC145  Dragon 30.

The next day, big airshow at Aix-les-Milles attended by over 12,000 visitors who could enjoys displays by the local fire and rescue departments : fire trucks and engines and aircraft demonstrating their capabilities. Among the airshow participants were parachutists, the Montélimar fighter museum OV-10B Bronco, the Avignon AD-4N, the Blois AT-6D , the CM-175 No38 from Ailes de l'Aéro, Duxford's Canso Catalina, INAER's CL-215 EC-HEU, Eurocopter's EC175 prototype, the locally licence-buit Guimbal helicopter and of course, the stars of the day.

They were represented by Trackers 07, 11, 22 and 23, Pélicans 34, 38, 37, 45 and 32 (static dispay), Dash-8 Milan 74 and EC145 Dragon 30, all displaying their capabilities to an enthusiast crowd.

The highlight of the day were the flyby by the three generation amphibians (CL-415, CL-215 and Canso) then the 50-year historic flight composed of Dash-8 No 74, Pélicans 45, 34 and 37, Beech 200 Bengale 98 and Trackers 11 and 22.

That fine day allowed us to meet, face to face at last, some of our valued contributors who were a great assistance in the completion of our Canadair Book. Thank you guys, and to those who paid us a visit to have their book signed by both authors.

Pictures can be viewed in the Photo Gallery section of our site.

Samuel