Key Dates

of the French Air Force
August 1933    French Air Force (Armee de l’Air) formed
2 July 1934    French Air Force independent of the Army
May 1940    Start of the Battle of France
22 June 1940    French Air Force grounded following surrender
3 July 1940    Vichy Air Force formed under German control
August 1940    Free French Air Force formed by the Allies
1 September 1942    French-manned Normandie-Niemen Fighter Regiment formed in USSR
1 December 1942    Germany disbands the Vichy Air Force
May 1945    Former Vichy and Free French air arms merged to reform the Armee de l’Air
1948    First operational jet aircraft delivered – Vampire
1951    First helicopters received – Alouette I



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