French Air Force tactical display team schedules for 2022

The French Air & Space Force has announced a 2022 schedule for its six tactical demonstration teams during the 2022 season.

The tactical demonstration teams are fielded by regular front-line squadrons, and are the air force’s second tier of airshow performer, behind the three official “Ambassadors” of the French Air & Space Force: the Patrouille de France, Équipe de Voltige and Rafale Solo Display.

Therefore, the number of tactical demonstration teams and types of aircraft displayed can vary from year to year, but this year will see two-ship performances by the Mirage 2000 and Rafale, as well as solo displays by the A400M. Their schedules can be found below:

Couteau Delta

Flying two Mirage 2000Ds from 3ème Escadre de Chasse, the much-loved Couteau Delta was formed in 2017 and disbanded at the end of the following year. It is back for 2022, and will perform at the following three events:

Date Show Location Country
Jul 3 France Gamstadt Valence France
Jul 31 France Aurillac Airshow Aurillac France
Aug 4/5 France Meeting Plage La Tranche sur Mer France

Gusto Delta

Formed only in 2021 and coming from Escadron de Chasse 2/5, Gusto Delta (also known as Patrouille Gusto) fly the Mirage 2000B and outgoing Mirage 2000C. Their display season will last only until June, when the C variant Mirage will be retired and the squadron will be stood down.

Date Show Location Country
May 23-29 France Aerofestival Villeneuve sur Lot France
Jun 4 France Meeting de Poitiers Poitiers France
Jun 23 France Mirage 2000C retirement ceremony Orange – Caritat France

Requin Mike

One of two Rafale tactical display teams formed in 2020, Requin Mike flies a pair of Rafale Bs and comes from 4ème Escadre de Chasse.

Date Show Location Country
Jun 25-26 France Journèes Portes Ouvertes St-Dizier St-Dizier France
Sep 10-11 Belgium Sanicole International Airshow Hechtel Belgium
Sep 17 France Fête de l’Air Les Mureaux France
Sep 24-25 France Meeting Aérien Montbéliard France

 Vautour Bravo

The second of the Rafale tactical displays comes from 30ème Escadre de Chasse, flying the Rafale B/C.

Date Show Location Country
May 21-22 France Meeting de l’Air de Cognac – Châteaubernard Cognac France
Jul 2-3 Portugal Beja International Airshow Beja Portugal
Aug 7 France Nouvelle Aquitaine Airshow Mainfonds France
Aug 27 France World Precision Flying Championships Albi France

Mustang X-Ray

The newest of the tactical demonstration teams is Mustang X-Ray, formed in mid-2021. It consists of two brand new Pilatus PC-21s – the first time France has displayed the type – replacing the Cartoche Doré team, which was disbanded in 2016.

Date Show Location Country
May 21-22 France Meeting de l’Air de Cognac – Châteaubernard Cognac France
Jul 16-17 United Kingdom Royal International Air Tattoo Fairford UK
Aug 28 France Meeting aérien de la Charente maritime Aéroclub Rochefort France

 A400M Tactical Display

As the name would suggest, this team flies a single A400M-180. It is the only solo tactical display team, and comes from Escadron de Transport 1/61.

Date Show Location Country
May 21-22 France Meeting de l’Air de Cognac – Châteaubernard Cognac France
Jun 19 Spain Festival Aéreo de Motril Motril Spain
Jun 25-26 France Journèes Portes Ouvertes St-Dizier St-Dizier France
Aug 21 France Meeting Montagne Alpes d’Huez France
Sep 10-11 France Air Legend Melun – Villaroche France
Sep 24-25 France Meeting Aérien Des Étoiles et des Ailes Toulouse France
Oct 1-2 France Ailes et Volcans Cervolix France
Oct 15-16 France Free Flight World Masters Ste-Maxime France