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TOPIC: FRANCE - Saint-Victoret - Memorial to the Flying Firefighters

FRANCE - Saint-Victoret - Memorial to the Flying Firefighters 13 Jun 2018 22:28 #1

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Saint-Victoret is close to the town of Marignane whose airfield is now Marseille Provence Airport

There is a memoria to the Firefighters of the sky "Hommage au Pompier de Ciel" which includes a monument with plaques, half a dozen assorted Fire Engines from around the country,( I think becasue when there are forest fires the Pompiers come from all over thec country, a Canadair CL215 sealpane water bomber and an Sud Aviation Allouette III helicopter

The Memorial


Canadair CL-215


Allouette III


And some of the fire tenders


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FRANCE - Saint-Victoret - Memorial to the Flying Firefighters 14 Jun 2018 04:12 #2

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The Quebec Government runs a fleet of Canadiar water bombers, we rarely see them in the south( of the Province but the are a welcome sight when we do

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FRANCE - Saint-Victoret - Memorial to the Flying Firefighters 14 Jun 2018 08:09 #3

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This is the CL215 model, I think most of those now flying are the later CL-415 turboprop version

Marseille airport used to be the major base for these aircraft, but they are now share Nimes airport with the helicopters and civil passenger terminal
You can clearly see them parked up on the apron on google maps

This memorial is directly in line with the main runway at Marseille and was dedicated on 11 June 2005

A website describing the project (in french but with many photos) is here
pelican.46.free.fr/Genese/projet/projet.html

There have been a number of changes since the original dedication, apart from the fire vehicles and the Allouette, some of the plaques on the memorial have also changed
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