Which is the oldest active precision aerobatic demonstration unit?
The 'Patrouille Acrobatique de France' or 'French Acrobatic Patrol' also known as 'PAF is the oldest active precision's aerobatic demonstrate unit, part of the French Air Force. While it was officially commissioned in 1953, it was active and provided an official demonstration on September 14, 1931. Nicknamed 'La PAF' its official colors are blue, white and red.
The unit is based at Aerial Base 701 Salon-de-Provence, comprised of 9 pilots and 35 mechanics. The unit traditionally opens the July 14 parade in Paris with 9 Alpha jets, presenting a 20 minute demonstration of formation changes and crossovers narrated by the director of the French Air Force presentation team. In 1931 the first Aerial demonstration took place at Airport 'Etampes-Mondesir'.
The 'Blue Angels' is the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron which was initially formed in 1946, making it the second oldest active formal flying aerobatic team. The United States Air Force Demonstration Squadron called the 'Thunderbirds' was created in 1953. The United Kingdom's 'Red Arrows', or Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team was formed in 1964.