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Orléans - Bricy Air Base


Base aérienne 123
« Commandant Charles Paoli »

C160G Gabriel
IATA: ORE – ICAO: LFOJ
Summary
Operator French Air Force
Location Orléans, France
Elevation AMSL 412 ft / 126 m
Coordinates 47°59′15″N 001°45′38″E / 47.9875°N 1.76056°E / 47.9875; 1.76056
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 7887 2404 Asphalt
02/30 4000 Turf

Orléans – Bricy Air Base (French: Base aérienne 123 « Commandant Charles Paoli ») (IATA: ORE, ICAO: LFOJ) is a French Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air (ALA) base. The base is located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) north-northwesst of Ingré near the city of Orléans; about 65 miles (105 km) south-southwest of Paris.

The mission of the base is primarily tactical airlift.

Units

  • 2 Squadrons of tactical transport.
  • 1 Squadron of intelligence and electronic war (SIGINT / ELINT).
  • Group telecommunications.
  • Commando Parachutistes de l'Air (CPA N°10).

Aircraft

  • 27 Transall C-160F
  • 5 Lockheed C-130H Hercules
  • 8 Lockheed C-130H-30

History

Orléans-Bricy Air Base was built prior to World War II as a French Air Force facility. It was seized by the Germans in June 1940 during the Battle of France, and was used as a major Luftwaffe military airfield during the occupation. LG 1 (Luftflotte (Air Fleet) 3/Fliegerkorps (Division) V/1st Heavy Fighter Wing) stationed Junkers Ju 88A-5 (Fuselage Code L1+) day/night interceptors at the base.

It was liberated by Allied ground forces about 22 August 1944 during the Northern France Campaign. Almost immediately, the USAAF IX Engineering Command 832d, 833dd and 877th Engineer Aviation Battalions began clearing the base of mines and destroyed Luftwaffe aircraft and repairing operational facilities for use by American aircraft. Subsequently, Bricy became a USAAF Ninth Air Force combat airfield, designated as "A-50" about 24 August, only a few days after its capture from German forces.

Almost immediately, the repaired base became home to numerous combat units.

  • 394th Bombardment Group, flew B-26 Marauders from 18 September through 8 October 1944
  • 440th Troop Carrier Group, flew C-47 Skytrains from 2 November 1944 through 18 October 1945. The C-47s pulled gliders in the airborne assault across the Rhine (Operation Varsity).

The Americans returned control of the base to the French Air Force at the end of October 1945 and it returned to being a French military airfield.

After the war, the base was completely rebuilt. An 8000' new jet runway was laid down along with two circular marguerite systems of hardstands that could be revetted later with earth for added protection. The Marguerite consist of fifteen to eighteen hardstands around a semicircular taxiway. Each hardstand can hold one or two aircraft, and allows the planes to be spaced approximately 150 feet (46 m) apart. Each marguerite is dispersed at each end of the runway, allowing the aircraft to be launched quickly. Each squadron is assigned to a separate hangar/hardstand complex.The wartime main runway was extended to become the taxiway for the new jet runway. Additional dispersed aircraft parking, ramp space and hangars were also constructed, along with a completely new administrative and personnel area. A 4000' grass runway was also constructed for glider and small aircraft landings.

Today, the base is a modern, fully equipped NATO base. Bricy will be the home of the upcoming Airbus A400M new European tactical cargo aircraft for the French Air Force.



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General Info
Country France
ICAO ID LFOJ
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 47.987778
47° 59' 16.00" N
Longitude 1.760556
001° 45' 38.00" E
Elevation 412 feet
126 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 001° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY
Near City Orleans
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
TWR 122.1
124.8
257.8
369.625
GND 122.1
APP
.
122.7
138.75
142.45
362.3
373.575


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07/25 7887 x 148 feet
2404 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN OAN ORLEANS 111X - At Field -
NDB OAN ORLEANS - 385 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-156, MIL L 23699 (Synthetic Base)Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine
Other Fluids LHOX, Low and high pressure oxygen servicing

OXRB, Oxygen replacement bottles


Remarks
CSTMS/IMG CSTMS avbl PPR.
FLUID LHOX OXRB
FUEL Avbl 0600-2200Z++ Mon-Thu, 0600-2100Z++ Fri. OT O/R prior to 1400Z++ prev bus day. (NC- A1+)
LGT VASI Rwy 07-25 GS 2.5 .
OIL O-156
OPR HOURS Opr 0800-1700Z++ Mon-Thu, 0800-1500Z++ Fri. O/R prior to 1600Z++ Fri for Sat, Sun and hol.
RSTD PPR fr Flight Director before 1400Z Mon-Thu, 1300Z Fri, fone C02 98 23 30 07. NORDO proh.



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