French Air Force demo team arrives in Kansas City

Patrouille de France to perform during WWI Centennial

Dan Weinbaum
April 05, 2017 - 4:54 pm

Kansas City, MO - Fighter jets landed at Kansas City's downtown airport under cloudy skies and blustery winds Wednesday.

They've come from France to participate in the WWI Centennial being held at the Liberty Memorial marking the U.S.'s entry into The Great War on April 6, 1917. The planes will conduct acrobatic maneuvers over the ceremony Thursday morning, including releasing red, white and blue smoke.

The Patrouille de France is an acrobatic demo team from the French Air Force, similar to their counterparts in the American Navy's Blue Angels, or the Air Force's Thunderbirds.

The squadron left France two weeks ago bound for Kansas City, and took a circuitous route across North America and the U.S., touring and demonstrating their aviation skills.

Since the war to end all wars "we have had a strong brotherhood between the US and the French, as well as our air forces," said Major Dubois Christophe. "So we are here to commemorate this event, the legacy of this war and the fraternity we have together between our countries."

Watch the jets arrive at the downtown airport:


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