Dinard Pleurtuit, Saint Malo, France (LFRD) - August 1992

1992, and I found not one but two Nord N.2501 Noratlas aircraft parked here for maintenance. I was used to seeing the ex-French Air Force Noratlases parked up at Caen but to see a pair that were actually in use was great, and both were exotic air force owned. 9XR-GY was operated by the Rwandan Air Force and TN236 by the Congolese Air Force, which is the Air Force of the Congo Republic and isn't to be confused with the separate country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is its neighbour. Complicated? Yes! It is not known if TN236 is still active but it shows on the inventory of the air force currently.

Air Dakota C-47B F-GIDK is still active as F-AZOX and flying the airshow circuit. It makes quite a change to find an old aircraft that I've shot that's still around! Finally a bunch of F-27s stored here included three from Flanders Airlines - two were broken-up and one permanently withdrawn from use. The Air Guadeloupe example was also killed by the axe man most probably at Dinard.

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