AVIATION ENGLISH IS 10 YEARS TODAY – Dear Readers, Let Me Thank You This Way:

Forces of the air Henri Farman 1908

A special gift to you today as AVIATION ENGLISH or airforces.fr was born on May 13, 2008 as « Prépa PLS Anglais ». You have clicked on its pages around 650,000 times. Thank you! More than 1,000 posts after (I have deleted many to get the blog more interesting), I cannot write as I used to as I had my work cut out, and more particularly, I wrote a book « Une autre histoire de l’aviation » which took three years to complete. Dear readers THANK YOU SO MUCH for visiting this website, for commenting on social media. Therefore, let us celebrate with a gift to you – a page of links that can be useful to you:

AVIATION ENGLISH ou airforces.fr a démarré le 13 mai 2008. Pour ses 10 ans, en cadeau pour vous chers lecteurs:

USEFUL WEBSITES

SITES INTERNET UTILES

AVIATION ENGLISH has plenty of links and posts about interesting videos and bilingual topics, but it is not the only one:

AVIATION ENGLISH regorge de liens et articles sur des sujets bilingues et vidéos intéressantes mais ce n’est pas le seul:

The links below will take you to websites that will immerse you in an English-speaking environment. If you add them to your favourites or bookmarks, you can take full advantage of them.

Les liens ci-dessous vous emmènerons vers des sites internet qui vous feront baigner dans un environnement anglophone. Si vous les ajoutez dans vos favoris ou marque-pages, vous pourrez en profiter pleinement.

For Training Purpose / Pour Apprendre :

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/p/5644.html

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/

https://teacherluke.co.uk/archive-of-episodes-1-149/

https://tunein.com/radio/Better-at-English—Learn-English—EFL-ESL-p397051/?topicId=37707864

https://tunein.com/radio/6-Minute-English-p551301/?topicId=120197771

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Educational/6-Minute-Vocabulary-p814907/

https://tunein.com/radio/6-Minute-Grammar-p878563/

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Education-Podcasts/Daily-Easy-English-Expression-Podcast-p959058/

https://www.anglaisfacile.com/

Talk Radio (Fluent English) / Radio Avec Conversations :

https://tunein.com/radio/NPR-Program-Stream-s49783/

https://tunein.com/radio/BBC-Radio-4-935-s25419/

https://tunein.com/radio/BBC-Radio-4-Extra-s6839/

https://tunein.com/radio/WNYC-FM-939-s21606/

EASY ENGLISH EXPRESSIONS (Radio)

Easy English Expressions (VIDEOS)

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Entertainment/Kathy–Judy-p542244/

https://tunein.com/radio/Cornucopia-Broadcasting-s140798/

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Entertainment–Media/Wait-Wait-Dont-Tell-Me-p46/

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Talk/Just-Plane-Radio-p400291/              (AVIATION)

http://talkradio.co.uk/late-night-alternative-iain-lee

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Investigative-News/60-Minutes-p33074/

https://tunein.com/radio/Monocle-24-s147125/

https://tunein.com/radio/British-Comedy-Radio-GB-s285581/

http://www.radio.net/genre/Talk/

FCL English / Anglais Aéro De La Radiotéléphonie Internationale :

http://www.coachmyenglish.com/

http://www.lingaero.com/

https://www.air-english.com/

In English, please

DICTIONARIES / DICTIONAIRES :

Le dictionnaire aéronautique de Pierre Boi, un incontournable.

http://www.wordreference.com/fr/

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/

https://www.dassault-aviation.com/fr/services/lexique-bilingue/

http://anglais-pour-voler.com/shop/

Il vous reste encore plein d’autres liens à découvrir ici: http://airforces.fr/link-categories/

sphinx ailé

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HEROIC GUYNEMER 100 YEARS AGO

Here is a tribute to Captain Georges GUYNEMER who was killed in action on September 11th, 1917. Three months earlier, he fought with Ernst Udet, the ace who came up 2nd after the Red Baron. You can watch hereafter how this dogfight reportedly happened, and how these fighter pilots had the gut to keep honor above all:

Georges Guynemer, French Air Force pilot and WWI ace
Georges Guynemer by « Lucien » – Jebulon https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jebulon

Remember Guynemer’s mottos:

FAIRE FACE (face up to it) was then adopted by the French Air Force Academy (FAFA) as their motto. A few words that well expresse the French pilots’ bravery.

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.’

Loyal to these principles, the French ace took part in several hundreds of aerial combats, crediting 53 victories, maybe 88 victories because the French victory validation system was demanding. He was shot down seven times, and he was admired for he always survived, but that September 11, a hundred years ago. The hero took off once again, dashed to the frontlines, outnumbered by German warplanes in a last dogfighting over Belgium. Then, he fell. Since then, the French Air Force aviators have worn a black tie in sign of mourning.

RIP

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GUSTAVE WHITEHEAD FLEW ON AUGUST 14, 1901

He took off that day. It was 115 years ago, two years before the Wrights. Gustav Weisskopf had changed his name into Gustave Whitehead before building his aeroplane whose name was the « Condor », or number 21. Gustave was a German immigrant from Leutershausen in Bavaria, where a splendid museum https://www.weisskopf.de commemorates the feats of the brilliant inventor.

Two replicas of his plane #21 flew in 1986 in the U.S.A., and in 1997 in Germany. Several books have been written about Gustave Whitehead so far. Susan O’Dwyer Brinchman published the latest one last year. Her searching follows her father’s, Major William J. O’Dwyer, a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve officer who had found early Whitehead’s photos in an attic, in 1963, and researched Whitehead for the next 45 years, interviewing many witnesses. Susan worked with him during the later decades and recently, has found even more. She explains why Whitehead must have been the first in the world to perform a steerable, propelled without catapult, heavier-than-air flight. She shares an extensive FAQ and lots of resources on her website here: http://gustavewhitehead.info/gustave-whitehead-resources/  which are quite compelling. You can order her book Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight on Amazon or get a signed one by clicking on the cover here below:

Book cover First in Flight on Gustave Whietehead by Susan O'Dwyer BrinchmanBook cover story of Gustave Whitehead First in Flight aviation history Connecticut

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SCHIPOL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS 100 YEARS OLD

Feb 14, 2016 – The Dutch airport will be one hundred years old in September this year. It used to be a military airfield on a meadow surrounded by a few huts. It has become one of the major airports in the world. The video here below might have been used for an Air-English examination. Let us play with questions – number 1 – according to the video, when was Schipol airport completely destroyed? Number 2 – Could you quote two major improvements that happened in the 1980s? Watch the video:

 

 

 

 

Here are the answers:

 

 
Number 1: Schipol was completely destroyed during World War 2. (listen again at 00’19 »)

Number 2: As far as the 1980s are concerned, you have got the choice between (listen again at 00’47 »):

  • The airport apron was expanded;
  • The terminal became bigger;
  • The area was beautified;
  • In time, piers and railway connections were added.
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May 8th 1945 – VE-Day veteran remembers + 1st American-British-French-Russian parade in Moscow

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