Quatorze juillet (14 July) is the annual French national holiday “La Fete Nationale” and is abroad also known as Bastille Day. The storming of the Bastille in Paris is commemorated on this day on which the French Revolution started. This day is commemorated annually with a large military parade in the city center of Paris on the “Avenue des Champs-Élysées” with assets on the ground and in the air.
This large military parade is traditionally held since July 14, 1789 and is the oldest military parade in the world. The parade runs along the Champ Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde where the stand for the officials is located. Traditionally the president of the French republik is in inspecting the troops and watching all military assets in the military parade together with officials from several European countries.
The festivities began with the passage of the seventy-three planes of the Air Force, the Navy, the Civil Security but also the General Directorate of Armaments. The second part of the air parade will be followed, after the passage of the ground troops, by the twenty-four helicopters of the Air and Space Army, the Land Army, the National Navy, the National Gendarmerie, Civil Security and General Directorate of Armament.
The avenue of the Champs-Élysées and the skies over Paris welcomed 4,300 soldiers on foot, 71 aircraft, 25 helicopters, 221 vehicles and 200 horses of the Republican Guard.
* Due to the bad weather conditions some large aircraft skipped at the last minute to join the parade like the A330, KC-135 and E-3 Awacs