La Ferte Alais Airshow 2022

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France’s premier air show is held each year at Cerny aerodrome, close to the picturesque town of La Ferté-Alais, just a short distance from Paris. On clear days you can see the Eiffel tower from the plateau where this French vintage aviation haven lies. The event itself takes place during the weekend of Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, and thus the date for any given year varies between mid-May and mid-June. This year the “Le temps des helices”, or  “The time of propellers” as the show is affectionately known, took place over the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June 2022.

Fames aviation photographer Peter Steehouwer was there to capture the best moments.

The airfield is also home to the Amicale Jean Baptiste Salis collection which showcased an impressive number of pre-World War I up to present aircraft.


During the show, dozens of vintage aircraft are assembled from Europe and the US for display and flight demonstrations.

The French Air Force usually demonstrates some new air capacity (paratroops, etc.) as well as overflight by the Patrouille de France  Also, Airbus or other aircraft manufacturers flew their latest commercial aircraft, such as the A-300 series of jetliners.

Even this year ‘La Ferté’ air show lived up to its grand expectations. Although missing some aircraft, organizers made up for it with an exciting mix of different aircraft and air show acts. Great food and shopping possibilities further added a great air show weekend.

Thanks to Peter Steehouwer for his photos, visit to learn more about his work.

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