Salon-de-Provence Air Base

Salon-De-Provence Air Base

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Salon-de-Provence Air Base ( or BA 701) is a base of the French Air Force located south Salon-de-Provence in southern France.

It hosts the training facilities for the officers of the air force:
  • École de l'Air: for young students
    • pilot commissioned officers
    • mechanics commissioned officers
    • air base commissioned officers
  • École militaire de l'Air: gives access to the same careers as the École de l'Air, for non-commissioned officers who want to become commissioned officers
  • air commissary school
  • special course of the École de l'Air: for foreign officers
  • special course of formation of officers

It hosts the demonstration formations of the French Air Force, including the Patrouille de France.

In addition, it hosts a school of the French Navy: the school of Naval Aviation (EAN).

World War II

Salon-de-Provence Air Base is a pre-World War II airfield, which was used by the Armée de l'Air during the early part of the war. After the 1940 Battle of France and the June Armistice with Nazi Germany, became part of the limited () air force of the Vichy Government. Known Vichy units at Salon-de-Provence were:

On 11 November 1942, Salon-de-Provence Air Base was seized by Nazi forces as part of Case Anton, the occupation of Vicy and the Luftwaffe took control of the base. Under German control, the base became a bomber airfield...
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