Guynemer’s motto – « FAIRE FACE »

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The WWI French ace Georges Guynemer used to say:

  • « Il y a une limite à toute chose, et il faut toujours la dépasser. » « Everything has a limit which has always got to be surpassed. »
  • « Lorsque l’on n’a pas tout donné, on n’a rien donné. » « As long as you have not given your all, you have given nothing »

Last but not least, captain Guynemer’s most famous phrase – « Faire face » « Face up to it » was then adopted by the French Air Force Academy (FAFA) as their motto. A few words that well expresses the French pilots’ bravery.

Loyal to these principles, the French ace took part in several hundreds of aerial combats, crediting 53 victories. He was shot down seven times, and he was admired for he always survived, but that September 11… The hero took off once again. Outnumbered by German warplanes in a last dogfighting over Belgium. Then, he fell.

RIP

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German Stealth bomber made up of wood

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Student pilots’ shoulder patch: EOPN 2008C

Patch_No_brain_no_fear_08CAs I have been craving for displaying some badges and patches online, it is high time I started up a new category dedicated to this kind of arts, and it is an honor for the FIRST patch I have added on this purpose comes from student pilots – namely the excellent EOPN 2008C entry, recovering the famous motto « NO BRAIN, NO FEAR! ». Good luck to them all as they are compelled to pass several exams (by the way, a minimum of TOEIC 550 is required) and ratings through a long and demanding curriculum.

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