Yet another new French Air Force display team – this time flying the PC-21

COGNAC | The French Air & Space Force have announced yet another new unit joining their fast-growing selection of aerobatic display teams.

Photo: Armee de l’Air et de l’Espace (via Facebook)

Coming from BA709 Cognac – Chateaubernard, the new team, known as Mustang X-Ray, will fly two Pilatus PC-21s. It is the first time the PC-21 will be part of a formal French Air Force display team, having entered service in 2019. The base’s Facebook page says the display will highlight “several aerial figures illustrating the work done in training aircrew.”

The team will comprise two display pilots, Captain Nicolas ′′Ebay′′ and Captain Laurent ′′Dave”, as well as team coach and former Alpha Jet display pilot Captain Laurent “Jim”. All three are full-time flight instructors at Cognac.

Their first public display will be at the Sports et Collection airshow and racing event in Poitiers on the 12th-13th June.

New French Air Force demonstration teams announced since 2020 include:

  • Mustang X-Ray (x2 PC-21)
  • Gusto Tactical Display (x2 Mirage 2000C)
  • Rafale Solo Display: Requin Mike (x2 Rafale B)
  • Rafale Solo Display: Bravo Vautour (x2 Rafale C)

They are added to the existing Rafale Solo Display, Equipe de Voltige, A400M Tactical Display and the Patrouille de France.