Capitaine Sébastien Nativel "Babouc"

Capitaine Sébastien Nativel "Babouc"

Rafale Demo pilot 2018

38 years old
4-ship flight lead since 2013
3000 flying hours, 1000 flying hours on Rafale

1999 : Entry into the French Air Force
2002-2005 : Mirage 2000N pilot, EC03.004 Fighter Squadron "Limouin"
2005-2008 : Alpha jet Pilot instructor, flight division Cazaux
2008-2011 : Mirage 2000D pilot, EC03.003 Fighter Squadron "Ardennes"
2011-2015 : Rafale pilot, EC01.004 Fighter Squadron "Provence"
Since 2015 : Rafale pilot with Operational Conversion Unit 03.004 "Aquitaine"
Rafale Demo pilot 2018

Capitaine Jean-Guillaume Martinez "Marty"

Capitaine Jean-Guillaume Martinez "Marty"

Coach 2018

42 years old
4-ship flight lead since 2007
3450 flying hours, 1500 flying hours on Rafale

1997 : Entry into French Air Force
2000-2004 : Mirage 2000N pilot, EC01.004 Fighter Squadron "Dauphiné"
2004-2006 : Pilot Instructor EMB-312F Tucano, flight division Salon de Porvence
2006-2008 : Mirage 2000N pilot, EC01.004 Fighter Squadron "Dauphiné"
2009-2015 : Rafale pilot, EC01.091 Fighter Squadron "Gascogne"
Since 2015 : Rafale pilot with Operational Conversion Unit 03.004 "Aquitaine"
2016-2017 Demo pilot
2018 Coach

Technicians

Technicians

Aeronautical Technical Support Squadron 15.004 "Haute-Marne"

The aeronautical technical support squadron (ESTA) is responsible for the maintenance and deployment of the aircraft squadrons Rafale of St Dizier Air Force Base, EC01.004 Fighter Squadron "Gascogne", EC03.004 OCU Squadron "Aquitaine" and soon for the EC02.004 Fighter Squadron "Lafayette".
Five of the 40 ESTA technicians carry out maintenance and prepare the Rafale for flight demonstrations.
The Rafale is equipped with self-diagnotics system and is a prime example of the new technological generation. With its built-in maintenance systems, the Rafale is repaired "on condition" to limit grounding time. Technical operations on the aircraft ar simplified to significantly reduce costs while increasing its availability. It is also simpler to deploy compared to older generation aircraft.

The Rafale

The Rafale

Dassault Rafale
Wingspan35.4ft
Length50.1ft
Height17.5ft
Engines
2 SAFRAN M88-2
Overall empty weight22 000 lbsMaximum take-off weight 54 000 lbs
Load Stations
14Limit load factors-3g / +10g