CHRISBA777ER
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I Take It All Back - The French Are Great Too!

Mon Jul 21, 2003 6:17 pm

Went to RIAT Air Tattoo at Fairford on saturday - fantastic day out and the best airshow ive ever been to. I spoke to a bunch of the pilots. Met a very nice U2 pilot who spent the last six years flying Orions out of Honolulu (nice), and watched him take the mickey out of an 15Echo jock by telling him that sometimes speed is not all important, and he can get it up higher than the other guy by a large distance. The 15Echo jockey said something insulting, so the U2 guy said "Yeah but I like to watch - everything" I laughed my ass off. I asked a guy stood out in front of the Bone about why we never see the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels in this country. He said that they didnt want to be humiliated by the Red Arrows, Patroulle de France, and Frecce Tricolore - is that true?

I met some Irish folk flying CASA twins in maritime patrolduties - (one was an absolutely stunning redhead) and spoke to some Germans about the frankly amazing paintjobs on their Tornadoes, and spoke to a bunch of the French lot. They are lovely. Not at all arrogant or condescending, just really nice folks - spent ages chatting to a Rafale pilot - he was a top bloke and not at all brash. Anyway, the Red Arrows put on an excellent display and were as good as ive seen them in a long time. I didnt think anyone could top the Brits display. By far and away the best solo display was the guy in the Mirage 2000 - he was excellent. Its always nice to see the Mirage, i like it, its a good airplane, and good looking too, but never seen it really impress me like it did on saturday. The typhoon was pretty good, so was the MiG29, and the dutch F16Charlie was very good too, but the Mirage was excellent - really top notch.

Then I saw the Patrouelle de France do their thang as the last of the flying programme - they have been pretty ropey at times when ive seen them and never been as good as the Red Arrows, and ive always rated the Spaniards with CASA101's better, so wasnt expecting such a top display - they were excellent and were it not for the red number five making a mess of a break and roll in towards the end they would have been a lot better than our boys, but i cant state this enough - they were amazing. Tight formations, good spacing, well timed and beautifully executed breaks, and some really impressive duo stuff that I have not seen before. Really good stuff.

Anyone else see them?

Rgds,

CM
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RE: I Take It All Back - The French Are Great Too!

Mon Jul 21, 2003 6:40 pm

I went too - 1st time I had seen the Eurofighter Typhoon up close. I got the BA 747-400 from Heathrow to the show - it was just about the only BA flight operating that day!
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RE: I Take It All Back - The French Are Great Too!

Mon Jul 21, 2003 7:39 pm

The French are cool - and were aviating decades before anyone else (albeit with balloons). Concorde, Airbus, Caravelle...go France.
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RE: I Take It All Back - The French Are Great Too!

Tue Jul 22, 2003 4:12 am

Nice post, wish I'd could have been there, but when I saw this thread I thought it would be about you shagging a French babe!
 
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RE: I Take It All Back - The French Are Great Too!

Tue Jul 22, 2003 5:29 pm

GDB- My position (pardon the pun) on French women is well documented. Estelle Skornik (The Clio Girl), Sophie Marceau, Emmanuelle Beart, Julie Delpy etc. In my humble opinion, french women (ie: the two that I have been there with) are better in the sack than English girls (more than two!). Welsh girls try harder and are enthusiastic yet lack technique, whilst scottish girls lack enthusiasm and technique but only in small measure. Spanish girls are nice but a little clingy, and would love to go and do beautiful things with a Dutch girl - Also not done Germany. American girls are very hard to get in the sack, and are a bit scary when you get them there... Also need to try Chinese/Japanese, and also Indian.

hehehe i should get a points system going!  Smile
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RE: I Take It All Back - The French Are Great Too!

Tue Jul 22, 2003 9:58 pm

Source of amusement, this whole "French arrogance" thing-

In my experience, I have found French folks to be personable, entertaining and entirely pleasant to be around, whether in-country, in other countries or here in the USA. Never been treated with contempt or insulted.

Perhaps the "attitude" about the French results from reactions to French politicians.

But who, in any country, would want their culture judged by the actions of their politicians? Oh, the horror!
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RE: I Take It All Back - The French Are Great Too!

Tue Jul 22, 2003 11:00 pm

What's happening? Suddenly everyone loves the French? Has the whole world gone crazy???


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