Saturday, May 3, 2014

Trip home enlivened by aerial acrobatics

Photo by Christophe Gothie
The highlight of our trip home on Monday was an unexpected show by the Patrouille de France, the French Air Force acrobatic team. Headquartered in nearby Salon-de-Provence, they just happened to be conducting training flights as we drove by. First we spotted four jets in formation trailing red and blue coloured smoke. Then from the opposite direction came four more jets, also spewing coloured smoke. It was all very dramatic, especially when the planes rolled over and flew upside down, right above us. It was quite magnificent.

The Patrouille de France is the oldest acrobatic team in the world. They fly Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jets. In 2009 Commandant Virginie Guyot was appointed leader, becoming the first woman in history to lead a demonstration team.

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