As we reported earlier, the Patrouille de France will make a tour during April in North-America within that in the United States of America and Canada. Why the French team will make this tour? Interesting facts about it on our article from the article of Ric Peterson...
On April 6, 1917, the American Congress voted to go to war following Germany’s submarine attacks on neutral ships. A decision made easier after the interception of a telegram from the German Minister for Foreign Affairs asking his ambassador in Mexico to conclude an alliance with Mexico against the United States. At that moment the Great War, until then European, became world-wide. To commemorate this entry of the United States in the First World War, the Patrouille de France is crossing the Atlantic. In early December last year members of the Patrouille de France attended the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas. There, I had a chance to discuss with them their plan. Since that short time ago they have organized an impressive tour that will see them arrive from France via the northern route over Iceland, Greenland and Canada in early April then cross the US and back to Canada by mid May. The tour marks an important anniversary and will include more than just the team.
France is one of America’s oldest allies. According to the official French press release, “The jet team’s participation in the 100th anniversary of the US involvement symbolizes the enduring friendship and unfailing brotherhood that bind the two countries. Sharing a common vision of the determining role of air power, the French Air Force and the US Air Force (USAF) are among the few western air forces capable of covering the entire spectrum of Air missions. The joint commitment of French and American airmen fighting side by side and operational cooperation between France and the United States is now at an unparalleled level: The two countries are major partners in the fight against terrorism. That French and American airmen have been together for over thirty years in various coalitions or NATO missions echoes what their elders did when they fought jointly in 1917 and during the Second World War.”
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