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The French

27 June 2016
A French fighter aircraft backs away after refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker March 17, 2013, over Africa. The 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, which flies the tankers, completed the 100th refueling mission of French fighter aircraft conducting operations over Mali. Airmen and aircraft from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, deployed as the 351st EARS to a location in southwest Europe on Jan. 26, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jason Smith)

A French Air Force Rafale fighter aircraft backs away after refueling from a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker over Africa—U.S. Air Force photo by Capt Jason Smith

A French air force Mirage aircraft breaks formation after refueling from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron (EARS) over Mali, April 9, 2013. The 351st EARS has been supporting the French fighter aircraft over Mali since Jan. 27, 2013, allowing the fighter aircraft the ability to provide their ground forces with around-the-clock close air support. (DoD photo by 1st Lt. Christopher Mesnard, U.S. Air Force/Released)

A French Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000 fighter breaks formation after refueling from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker over Mali—DoD photo by 1st Lt Christopher Mesnard

A French Mirage 2000D aircraft receives fuel from a U.S Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over Iraq April 8, 2016. President Barack Obama authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

A French Mirage 2000D aircraft receiving fuel from a U.S Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over Iraq—U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Corey Hook

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352 refuels a French air force Dassault Mirage 2000-5 aircraft during a refueling training mission over Djibouti Nov. 22, 2012. The mission was intended to improve interoperability between U.S. and French forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph McKee/Released)

A U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules (with one of the best photography platforms ever) refuels a French Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter over Djibouti—U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Joseph McKee

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 27 June 2016 10:39

    Spectacular photographs! Last time I was over Africa in a Hercules was 1983! (Yes, a LONG time ag0)

  2. 1 July 2016 02:01

    The French do far more than fine wine, cheese and food. Airplanes great. Autos, not so much. The Italians and Germans have a lock on that market.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      2 July 2016 08:04

      Their seaplanes back in the 1902s were absolutely gorgeous, as well.

  3. shortfinals permalink
    1 July 2016 09:17

    French cars? Let me out, now! I once had the great misfortune to own a Citroen DS21. It was full of technological innovations that made you cringe. The self-leveling suspension, ‘pumped’ the car to a softer, higher, ride height once the engine was running (very disconcerting for passengers), and the inner pair of headlights swiveled as you turned corners (OK feature on rural roads at night). There was also a single spoke steering wheel (!) At least I had avoided the disaster of the previous year’s model which, like the rest of its early bretheren, had used refined vegetable oil as an hydraulic fluid! (Extremely bad news, as it is very hygroscopic!)

    For the life of me, I simply cannot understand why Classic & Sports Car magazine named the DS21 “the most beautiful car of all time”.

    That title goes – of course – to the Jaguar E Type (XKE in the US)

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      2 July 2016 08:08

      The XKE–won the 24 Hours at Le Mans since it was the first to have all wheel disk brakes, I think. I’ve had a fast car and a good looking cat but never a fast good looking car!

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