This video provides a view from the French Air Force team flying the airplanes which make up the Patrouille de France.
The Patrouille Acrobatique de France (French pronunciation: [patʁuj akʁɔbatik də fʁɑ̃s], French Acrobatic Patrol), also known as the Patrouille de France or PAF, (French: Patrouille de France) is the precision aerobatic demonstration unit of the French Air Force, officially commissioned in 1953. Using the French Aerial Aerobatics (French: Voltige Aérienne Française) unit of the French Air Force, the mission is to represent the French Air Force, and lead the ambassadorship role of French Aeronautics overseas.
Stationed at Aerial Base 701 Salon-de-Provence, it is the oldest (active since 1931 and officially commissioned in 1953) and considered as one of the most professional in the world.
Comprising 9 pilots and 35 mechanics, the patrol (French: La Patrouille) splits their time between winter season (French: saison hivernale) training, and summer season (French: saison estivale) aerial displays.
The unit traditionally opens the July 14 parade in Paris with 9 Alpha Jets, presenting a twenty-minute demonstration of formation changes and crossovers narrated by the director of the French Air Force presentation team, also a jet pilot as well as the public relations officer. Each maneuver is filmed by a photo/video specialist, and a pilot is also usually present (often the replacement pilot), supervising the communications between the Patrouille and the controller (for flight safety).