The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo hosted the Patrouille de France, the French national jet demonstration team, on April 4 as the team made one of its final performances in its first U.S. tour since 1986.
The team is supported by a large Airbus A400M airlifter, a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft, which did not participate in Tuesday’s performance.
The Patrouille de France has not performed in the United States since 1986, when it flew over New York City and then performed over Coney Island. It commemorated the Battle of Yorktown by flying over Yorktown Battlefield Monument in Yorktown, Virginia, in 2009. The Sun 'n Fun performance, honoring French and U.S. history, was part of a tour honoring the 100th anniversary of America’s April 6, 1917, entry into World War I.
The team left Sun 'n Fun for scheduled performances at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. When the U.S. tour concludes, the team will return to Salon Air Force Base in France.