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Cazaux Air Base

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Base aérienne 120

IATA: none – ICAO: LFBC
Summary
Airport type Military
Location Cazaux (La Teste-de-Buch), Aquitaine, France
Elevation AMSL 84 ft / 26 m
Coordinates 44°31′56″N 001°07′43″W / 44.53222°N 1.12861°W / 44.53222; -1.12861
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 7,900 2,408
Source:Our Airports [1]

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Cazaux Air Base (French language: Base aérienne 120 Cazaux) (ICAO: LFBC) is a French Air Force (French language: Armée de l'Air (ALA) base. The base is located approximately 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Bordeaux

Overview[]

The base is used mainly for training and integration of French fighter pilots and gunnery training over the Bay of Biscay.

The school hunting Franco-Belgian flying Alphajet is based in Cazaux. It is responsible for training future fighter pilots of the two nations.

Since 1998, the base hosts the No. 150 Squadron of Singapore Air Force , equipped with A-4 Skyhawk and since November 15, 2012 by Aermacchi M-346 one to train pilots before assigning Singaporeans in operational unit of F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15 Eagle. By the end of March 2010, 120 pilots had been trained at the base

Approximately 2,600 military and civilian personnel working on the base.

Units assigned[]

  • The operational transition Squadron 1/8 "Saintonge" on Alphajet. Based in Cazaux since 1964.
  • The operational transition Squadron 2/8 "Nice" on Alphajet. Based in Cazaux since 1964.
  • The Helicopter Squadron 1/67 "Pyrenees" on Puma and EC725 Caracal . Based in Cazaux since 1972.
  • The Centre of Expertise in Embedded Arm (00 331 SEAC) which since 1 st September 2009 replaces Experimentation Center and Shooting Instruction in Air (Ceita), which forms each year 200-250 French and foreign trainees
  • Group Instruction Flight Safety (GISV) of the National Gendarmerie from 1 st September 2010.
  • A DGA test site in Flight (Formerly CEV Cazaux).
  • Technicians Training Center Safety of Air Force (CFTSAA) 00/308
  • No. 150 Squadron of the Air Force of Singapore.

History[]

During World War I, American pilots assigned to the American Expeditionary Force used the airfield for gunnery training.

References[]

  • Base aérienne 120 Cazaux

External links[]

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