EPNER

of the French Flight Test Centre
 

Key Facts

Short Name: EPNER
Nickname: n/a
Main Role: Test Pilot Training
Secondary Role: Aircrew Training
First Formed: 1946
Parent Unit: DGA Essais en Vol
Current Status: Active

History

The École du personnel navigant d’essais et de réception (EPNER) was first established in 1946 to train aircrews for test flying. It moved to Istres in 1962.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma ? ? – Present 1184
Dassault Falcon 20 ? ? – Present CS/22
Dassault Mirage IIIA ? ? – ? 07
Dassault Mirage IIIB 2 ? – Present GT/234
Dassault Super Mystere B.2 1 ? – ? CV/02
D-B/D Alpha Jet ? ? – Present E80
Lockheed T-33A ? ? – ? 35061, GC/055
Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21K 1 ?? – Present F-ZAGR
Nord 260 1 ? – Present GG/001
Nord N.3202 2+ ? – ? ?
Pilatus PC-7 ? ? – Present AI/579, AH/578
Sud Aviation SE 3130 Aouette II ? ? – ? ?
Sud Aviation SA 319B Alouette III ? ? – ? ?

(Additional identities are welcome).

Unit Markings

 

To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Brétigny-sur-Orge 1946 – 1962
Istres-Le Tube Air Base 1962 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • French Military Aviation by Paul A Jackson (Midland Counties, 1979)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III Publishing)
  • wikipedia: EPNER
  • official website

Other Sources

To be added.

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