USAF officials begin search for new tanker

Today, the department is announcing its acquisition strategy for a replacement aerial refueling tanker fleet for the aging KC-135 and KC-10 fleet, said William J. Lynn, deputy secretary of defense. He termed the search to be a « best value » competition, not one based solely on cost.



Guynemer’s motto – « FAIRE FACE »

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. » « Until one has given all, one has 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.



Jet fuel R&D

Burning Passion Mark Laber, left, a University of Dayton research partner, examines the expansion of aircraft seals using synthetic fuels. One of the uses of current aviation fuel is to swell seals found throughout the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Desiree N. Palacios)

Airman Magazine – Jet fuel is strange. It needs to have seemingly contradictory properties to make it useful. It can’t freeze. It can’t have a low flashpoint or easily vaporize. Yet, it must have a tremendous amount of energy for its volume and lubricate and seal fuel lines in aircraft. In the more than 30 years the Air Force has been studying its primary aircraft fuel, known as JP-8, scientists are still learning new things.



Air Guard flight crews undergo water survival training

Two pilots from the Texas Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing in San Antonio are raised out of the water during refresher aircrew water survival training at Canyon Lake near San Antonio. Army National Guard UH-60 crews from the 149th Aviation Regiment in San Antonio provided airlift support. The refresher training is mandatory for all aircrew members.

Source: US Air Force Link






A fast, fun way to learn English!

Featuring Sab Will

(Cambridge university CELTA/DELTA)

It is high time I posted an article to introduce this site to you! I have found many English-teaching sites on the web these months, but as you may have noticed, I have not quoted many among what I consider as being « very good » English lessons to become useful links on Prepa PLS Anglais.

I do believe that Sab WILL got something: ESOL students need work but they need to be touched or even amused for teaching and learning a foreign language is a human process, undoubtedly. Sab Will – an absolutely nice person – proposes several activities throughout his website :

  • FREE ENGLISH LESSONS (just type your e-mail address into this page:
  • Word games
  • Quizzes
  • Crosswords
  • A HINTS and TIPS section (one of a kind!) with a « test yourself » and « mini quiz » section
  • Lessons or exam questions
  • Resources section
  • « Blog » section which rather uncommon since it actually is an audio and video podcast collection
  • Forum
  • Boutique where you can find useful recources for learners and teachers as well
  • Beside the free English lessons, you can pay (though not expensive) and subscribe to the most elaborate lessons

sab_porthole_300Well, if you have already visited his website, you must have guessed that Sab is a willingness teacher, always cheering up and visibly excellent at computer science, and information technology. Last but not least, as he really is very funny, you are going to love him and particularly his Hotch Potch English sections.

Congratulations to him, and to his other « him », this virtual actor animated within the video frames who contributes to spread the English language in a never-boring way!

Photos: copyright