PICTURE.  Cotentin: American special forces jumped on the Fière

PICTURE. Cotentin: American special forces jumped on the Fière

The plane picked up the paratroopers at the La Fière site. He was seen at Cherbourg-Maupertus Airport. (©DR)

Each September 29paratroopers from all army corps celebrate their “boss”, Saint Michel. And tradition was once again respected in one of the emblematic places Landing in Normandythat of proud.

On Thursday, around twenty soldiers from US special forces they made the jump to the drop zone, straddling the villages Sainte-Mere-Eglise and Picauville (Sleeve).

“The United States Army attaches great importance to this commemoration. They wanted this operation not to be publicized. Jumping at the Fière is very close to them. It is the pinnacle of a skydiver’s career. And they could enjoy this moment under excellent weather conditions. »

Alain HolleyMayor of Sainte-Mere-Eglise

The paratroopers were dropped in two sticks from a US Air Force plane.

Hybrid device

They used precision sails to land smoothly on the spot. After a discussion with the mayor, during which they were presented with a flag in the city’s colors, the paratroopers were picked up by their Boeing Bell V-22 Osprey, an American hybrid transport vehicle.

Its tilt-rotor formula allows it to take off and land vertically like a helicopter and fly like an airplane. The equipment and above all the flyover, which did not go unnoticed in the skies of the Cotentin.

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