Flotille 11F 'Tigre'

Flotille 11F 'Tigre'Ê-Êcrest
France » Navy
Current Base: Landivisiau
Current Aircraft: Super Etandard Modernisé

Nato Tiger Association Membership: Full NTA Member

History:

The 11th FLT was created in October 1921 and it is the oldest and most prestigious squadron in the French Marine Nationale. In 1940, the Squadron participated in the Battle of France from May to June flying Dewoitine D-520. After the Armistice the Squadron flew down to North Africa and initially became stationed at Karouba, later they moved to Casablanca and Port Lyaute. The French Fleet Air Arm was disbanded and all pilots from the Flotille were transferred to the French Air Force flying the Bell P-39 Aircobra and the Republic P-47 Thunderbold.
When hostilities finished in 1945 the squadron revived and began to fly the Seafire. From 1950 to 1954 the 11th Flotille carried out two campaigns in Indochina achieving 344 war missions and 950 flying hours in the F-6F Hellcat. In 1955 the Flotille fought in North Africa flying the Aquilon. In 1960 the Flotilla was assigned to the French Aircraft Carrier "Clemenceau". April 1st, 1963 was the day the Flotille received the brand new aircraft, built by Marcel Dassault for carrier ops. the "Etandard IV M".
In 1967 the Flotille left hyeres to be stationed at Landivisiau, this is today still the home base of Flotille 11. In 1978, the "Etandard" was replaced by its more capable successor the "Super-Etandard". which still is the operational aircraft at this time...
The 11th Flotille does not have a tiger in their crest, however the Clemenceau carried the tiger crest when they where admitted to the NTA. When in 1997 the "Clemenceau" retired from service the squadron was allowed to keep their tiger-status for they had shown true tiger spirit in past years.
Currently the 11th Flotille uses the French Aircraft Carrier "Charles De Gaulle" for its off base operations,the carrier was the home from which the squadron operated in the Kosovo crisis. The 11th Flotille is on of the squadron awaiting the arrival of the Aeronavale's newest aircraft the Dassault "Rafelle M".

 


Past Aircraft:

  • Dewoitine D-520
  • P-39 Aircobra
  • P-47 Thunderbolt
  • F-6F Hellcat
  • Etandard IV M
  • Super Etandard

Unit patch page: click here
Unit Model and Decal page: click here
Unit Book page: Click here
External link: http://www.flottille11f.org/

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