FRENCH MARINE CORPS AIRCRAFT
The French Marines and air force had approximately 24 air craft starting in 1955 with PA 22-135 and evolving through IRON rework up to PA 22-160’s. PA 22’s flew up until 1975 and were then scraped with only two remaining in the French Air Force Museum in Dax, France. N2650A has been supported by the French Air Museum providing drawings, technical information and combat history including photos. This allowed an exact reproduction of N2650A as she supported the French Foreign Legion (LEGION ETRANGERE). Aircraft flew most liaison type missions of recon, security border patrols, resupply, executive transport, and medical flights. N2650A “KAG:” was a Forward Air Control (FAC) in support of the French Foreign Legion calling artillery and fast moving bombing aircraft. Smoke makers M-18 and Frag Grenades in Mason Jars were rumored to be dropped on targets of opportunity. Missions flown in combat, most aircrews had Paratrooper 30 Cal carbines and 30 Cal Browning Machine guns. Its is difficult to get detailed pictures and combat information on armaments but make no mistake Tri Pacers earned the Fighting Tri Pacer legends.