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A Noratlas back in service

Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:30 pm
by breiz
A 60-year old Noratlas (no. 105), maintained by an association at Marignane ("Le Noratlas de Provence"), was called back by the French AF for 3 days to provide transport to young para-troopers in need of practice.
Not sure if all the soldiers have appreciated the large "60 years" sticker affixed on the nose of the ac :o .
The C-130s are reported to have T-56 turbine issues, while the Transalls and the Casas are stretched by operations abroad.
The A400M Atlas are not yet in numbers and performances to help much.
Worth noting that the para-trooper sticks embarked on the Noratlas were of about 30, the max number allowed on the Atlas so far!

http://noratlas-de-provence.com/

Re: A Noratlas back in service

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:14 am
by Francoflier
Sorry, I can't find where on their website it mentions that event?
Do you have a more accurate link?

Re: A Noratlas back in service

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:16 am
by breiz
Francoflier wrote:
Sorry, I can't find where on their website it mentions that event?
Do you have a more accurate link?


The initial French link was to show pictures of the actual ac and info about the people taking care of her.
For the news, here is the link (in French): http://www.air-cosmos.com/un-noratlas-r ... -maj-79833

Re: A Noratlas back in service

Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:19 am
by L-188
Cool but bringing back an old type for training isn't that unusual.

It is my understanding the US special forces occasionally charters C-47's for the same reason.

Re: A Noratlas back in service

Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:00 pm
by Grizzly410
breiz wrote:
A 60-year old Noratlas (no. 105), maintained by an association at Marignane ("Le Noratlas de Provence"), was called back by the French AF for 3 days to provide transport to young para-troopers in need of practice.


It seems the reason to call back this Noratlas is not so clear. Air&Cosmos claim it is for young paratroopers training but someone in the comment section refers to a blog claiming something else.
The blog says the Noratlas was there for some kind of event related to the change of person in charge of the 1er RPIMa.
And then we have the Air&Cosmos article edited, saying that the significant usage during 3 days is too much for such an event...

I personaly prefer the version of the blog and its conclusion, French Air Force Aircraft may have a poor availability it's hard to believe they need to bring back an historical monument to do routine training.

http://www.veterans-jobs-center.com/vjc/les-chroniques-de-vjc/le-1er-rpima-saute-dans-le-temps-.html

edit : typo