2009 : Creation of Airborne Command
AIRBORNE-COMMAND was officially created in June 2009 by Stéphane Hadjadje, after several experiences in reenactment of airborne troops, in order to combine the two dimensions of living memory and round canopy parachuting.
The first staff was made:
- Jean-François BODET, vice-president
- Samy CHÂTELET, vice-president
- Sebastien LANGLOIS, secretary
- Gabrielle MERIC de BELLEFON, treasurer
The goal was to reenact a real platoon of 1944 US paratroopers, as historically correct as possible in their equipment, structure, uniforms, and in their paratrooper skills, jumping from vintage aircraft with modern round canopy parachutes ( T10) but who look like the 1944 parachutes.
2010 : First jump!
June 4, 2010, AIRBORNE-COMMAND makes its first jump from a historical aircraft, Douglas C-47 Skytrain in Normandie.
It becomes the first French reenactment group to jump as a unit, and to jump in NORMANDY .
It also participates in the Normandy celebrations on a regular basis
August 14, 2011 : 1st Jump in Provence since 1944
A jump into history
June 6, 2013 : Operation Neptune
The legendary jump by AIRBORNE COMMAND, in the night of June 6, 2013, from C-47 "Drag Em'Oot" on the Holdy Battery, near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, on a zone held by German reenactors blank firing on our jumpers.
August 13, 2013 : US Army Basic Jump Wings!
AIRBORNE-COMMAND invites the 173rd "Sky Soldiers" Airborne Brigade and jumps over Provence under its command. Our jumpers are granted the US Army Jump Wings.
August 2014 : 70th Anniversary of Provence Landings (Operation Anvil-Dragoon)
July 2015 : Change of Command at the 1er RCP
Airborne Command is among the Companies of the 1er Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes (first French parachute regiment in 1943), in 1944 uniforme, during the change of command ceremony.
June 2019 : 75th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy (Operation Overlord)
August 2019 : 75th Anniversary of Provence Landing (Operation Anvil-Dragoon)
AIRBORNE-COMMAND jumps on Le Muy, as A/509th PIB since 2011, et on Fayence, as H/517th PRCT since 2016
January 2020 : 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
Since 2015, AIRBORNE-COMMAND honors the memory of 551st PIB paratroopers and their last battle, at Rochelinval, Belgium.