Another Stunning Selfie: French Rafale fighter pilot

Jan 14 2014 - 9 Comments

Here’s a self-portrait photo taken by a pilot of the French Air Force’s Escadron de Chasse 1/7 Provence, based at Saint-Dizier.

The fighter jocks depicted in the “selfie” is flying a Rafale C “omnirole” plane at very high altitude, with condensation trail clearly visible behind the jet.

Rafales of the Armée de l’Air have been involved in Libya and Mali air wars.

A further iterative development of the warplane has been recently announced: the new F3R standard will include the integration of MBDA’s Meteor BVR (beyond visual range) air-to-air missile, the latest version of the Sagem AASM Hammer air-to-surface guided munition and the newer version of the Thales’s PDL-NG laser designation pod.

Image credit: EC1/7


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  • Anonymous

    The Rafale F3R version is unlikely to survive against a Russian Flanker type equipped with AESA and R-77 or equivalent missile. Hollande is mainly to blame for this sad state of affairs affecting the Rafale.

    • Common Sense

      Says who? The Flanker will be detected at close to maximum range even if the Rafale used the RBE-2 PESA given the Russian bird’s huge size. The Meteor is significantly better than the R-77 in all respects barring cost.

    • jetaddicted

      “hollande is mainly to blame”?
      really? how interesting, given the plane first flew in the mid eighties, and it has been in service for more than ten years, and that hollande was elected in may 2012…
      i believe that if you’re looking for culprits, both chirac and sarkozy would be better suspects.
      but of course, they’re from your political party, so it can’t be, right?
      furthermore: this website is for plane lovers, keep your political beliefs for yourself.

    • Oscar

      Wow, you didn’t know that the delivery of Rafales with an AESA radar to the French Air Force had already started in… October 2012 (making the Rafale the first operational European aircraft with an AESA radar)?!

    • S. R. Scott

      Don’t know where you get your opinion on the Rafale being inferior to Russia’s Flanker but Facts speaks volume here…;-)

      P.s: Go ask U.S. 4 Stars General Dempsey what he thinks of the French Rafale 4+gen Jet

  • Gothamite

    The Aviationist is a rich website with wonderful articles and splendid photography of professional quality. Now can we just drop the utterly unintelligent term “selfie” from its vocabulary?

  • Perspective

    When will Europe have its 5th gen stealth plane ??

    • jetaddicted

      who tells you they don’t?
      not mentioning the freshly commissioned dutch and british F35s

  • Rafale fan

    In fact the picture is taken from the back seat of a Rafale B. You can guess mainly by the position of the WSO who is sitting between the canards.