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/

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WWI AIR COMBAT – WHAT IT CAME DOWN TO

What is more natural than looking back over major aviation innovations of the Great War today, the anniversary of the Armistice? Here is a very interesting video posted by the BBC on how the fighter pilots dealt with reconnaissance, bombing missions and dogfight techniques. Primitive flight controls are well explained as is the interest of performing missions with a triplane aircraft – three sets of wings are necessarily more narrow, providing the pilot with a better visual field.

From the flimsy Blériot XI to Sopwiths and Fokkers, the first aces developed early methods that are always taught in fighter schools even though beyond-visual-range air combat has taken over since. Major Charles Tricornot de Rose was considered by many as the father of air fighting as early as 1914. Then as shown in this video, the German ace Oswald Boelcke laid out a first set of rules for dogfighting called the Dicta Boelcke. Pilots’ life expectancy was not measured in years but in weeks.

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SKYDIVER Felix BAUMGARTNER’s TOP 5 JUMPS

Felix Baumgartner, the famous Austrian skydiver, is still waiting for better meteorological conditions to make a new attempt in the Red Bull Stratos project to break the sound barrier while freefalling. This new feat might happen within the next few days as it has already been scheduled on October 14.

According to the video below, Felix BAUMGARTNER’s top 5 jumps are:

  1. Wingsuit Channel Crossing
  2. Taipei 101 BASE Jump
  3. Petronas Towers BASE Jump
  4. Seating of the Spirits Cave Jump
  5. Man vs. Plane

 


Felix BAUMGARTNER was to jump on the 9th of October 2012. However, this jump which could have become the highest skydive in the aerospace history has been put off due to gusty winds.

In this new record attempt Felix BAUMGARTNER will be so high up – 120,000 ft, or 36.6 km – that if his suit leaks, his blood will boil. When he jumps, he will fall so fast that he will break the sound barrier as explained in this video:

 

 

A 3-hour ascent is expected to reach such an altitude, and it could take him more than a quarter of an hour to fall down back to the earth, and land… And now the animation on how it could unfold from the stratosphere right over Roswell, New Mexico, USA: (Click on the link below – MUST SEE!)

 

http://www.redbullstratos.com/gallery/?mediaId=media1859674064001

 

 

GO FELIX!

 

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Jan. 23 – 1st flight anniversary of both BLERIOT XI & TU-126

Thanks to the new Twitter technology, we can now embed some Twitter posts. A great aviation history’s tweep – @OlePrimdahl – pays tribute to both the Russian Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Tupolev Tu-126 Moss (January 23, 1962), and the famous French Blériot XI (January 23, 1909) flown by Louis Blériot to cross the Channel for the first time ie 6 months later:

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Navigation thanks to Los Angeles VHF omnidirectional range (LAX VOR)

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