Tomorrow morning I’m off to the Paris Airshow where I may or may not have a good time. But I doubt I’ll have as good as a time as I just did in France when I was on the end of the full fiery breath of France Inc’s marketing machine in all its glory.
Like other nations, France has a plan to look after its key industries for the duration of the current crisis, and normal rules are pretty much suspended. And so I, and a large group of competitors, found ourselves on a seriously full-on tour of everything that is rotary in the French military and paramilitary over three days.
Here’s a quick run-through of how it went. I’ve written about it some of it here and here already, and we’re publishing more of that kind of thing during the show.
Day one and we’re at Villacoublay just outside Paris, first with the Gendarmerie and their Ecureuils.
Next it’s on to the French air force’s Parisis squadron which uses Fennecs to stop lunatics, demonstrators and terrorists from dealing destruction to the capital using light aircraft.
Then it’s over to the terminal at Villacoublay to leave for the next leg of the trip, which is with the French navy at Hyeres on the south coast.
The ramp at Villacoublay proves interesting. Some very important Pakistani gentlemen are in town it would appear.