While most of the aircraft displayed by Morocco's FAR (Royal Armed Forces) at Aeroexpo had an emphasis on the humanitarian mission, this Gazelle clearly has offensive capability and can launch anti-tank missiles. From the Escadre Hélicoptère at Rabat-Salé. Morocco had 24 and exhibited one in the show halls fully stripped to a shell. Another was placed in the static park by French company Aerotech in "Gazelle Modernisée" guise
Seven out of 12 Magisters in external storage at Menara AB, having been supplanted by Alpha Jets in the advanced trainer role some years ago. The other six here are 218, 215, 176, 123, 227 and 226, followed by SA330L CN-ARY. About 21 were received in the late sixties, refurbished in France but mainly from WGAF stocks (157 was ex AA+248). Some of the others are preserved on poles at various bases around the country
A major target for me after Google Earth checks; tantalisingly within view of the show area but off limits (determination paid off). Morocco received 18 Flying Boxcars from the US in the 1960s, some being ex-RCAF C-119Gs. This '862' is from its former USAF serial, 53-7862. Colours a bit suspect (note white-wall tyres!) but well done to the Moroccans for preserving her. Most in their service had USAF-style silver/white top colours. One other survives at Kenitra, possibly a third elsewhere.
One of two 157th FS F-16s at Aeroexpo. As the only wing in the USAF currently flying the Block 52 F-16, the 169th FW (McEntire ANGB, SC) was specially invited in view of the commonality to the 24 of this HTS-equipped variant now on order for Morocco. The flying demonstration will certainly have impressed the many African military dignitaries present