Didier Cohendet, fighter pilot
Didier Cohendet joined the Air Force in 1984, just after passing his A levels, as Flight Officer.
He got his fighter pilot wings in Tours in March 1987 and returned to Cognac as an instructor on Epsilon, until 1990. He did his operational transformation at Cazaux, after which he was assigned to Colmar, in September 1990.
After his Mirage III transformation, he joined the 2/13 Alpes Fighter Squadron on Mirage 5F.
He remained there until its dissolution in June 1994, when the last Mirage IIIs were withdrawn from the operational service of the Air Force. He flew then the B display of Metro Mike for the dissolution ceremony.
Didier move to the Mirage F1CT, but he was assigned to Toul for a year at the Air Support Training Center (CFAA). He then left for a three-month tour in Sarajevo.
Back in Colmar, he joined the 1/30 Alsace Hunting Group from 1995 to 1998, where he did three operational tours in Bangui in 1996, in Qatar in 1997 and in N’Djamena in 1998.
He was then assigned to the Center for Programming and Instruction in Electronic Warfare (CPIGE), where he headed the Rafale’s electronic warfare department for two years.
He joined the Fighter Squadron 05/330 Silver Coast from 2000 to 2003, where he was responsible, among other things, for the modernisation of the electronic warfare system of the Mirage F1CT. He also participated during this period to the Tiger Meet of 2002 in Kleine-Broegel, in 2003 in Beja, and the Minimeet in 2002 in Belfast.