On September 19 in the premises of the Aeroclub de France in Paris, the “PAF” received the prestigious Icare prize, distributed for 66 years.
On the eve of Charles III’s arrival in Paris
Since 1957, the Association of journalists aeronautics and space professionals (AJPAE) awards each year the Icarus pricewhich rewards the work and commitment of a personality or a team in the aeronautics or space field.
First prize went to the heroic test pilot Charles Goujon (1912-1957).
This year is the Patrouille de Francefamous aerial formation of the Air and Space Force, which was honored on the occasion of its seventieth anniversary and for its contribution to the influence of French aeronautics in the world.
The ceremony was held on September 19 in Paris, in the premises of theAeroclub of Francein the presence of the nine pilots of the patrol, who the next day were to fly over the Champs-Elysées in honor of the coming to France of the King of England, Charles IIIcrowned on May 6.
This operation will be carried out this September 20 between 2:25 p.m. and 2:51 p.m. by the PAF, but also by the Royal Air Force.
Retained with a large majority.
It was the dynamic German journalist based in Paris, Gesche Wüpper, president of the AJPAE, who presented the Icare prize on September 19, explaining: “Among the nine competing teams, four proposals were selected for this prize and submitted to electronic votes by our journalists affiliated with our association. The Patrouille de France was elected by a large majority.
Commander Aurélien Declercq, leader of the PAF, declared in his speech of thanks: “The Icare 2023 aeronautical and space prize awarded to the Patrouille de France enriches this anniversary year. The Patrouille de France draws on its past and its roots to better look towards the future. »