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Low Down

In the days when the island of Zanzibar was still an exotic destination, I can recall tree-top flying in a twin, many years ago, when on safari down the Rufiji river, in Tanzania. However, in contrast with this video I just stumbled across on YouTube, the tree-tops look like extreme altitude. Some crazy French fighter pilots in action! Whether the RAF would sanction this level of "low-level" work for our own dwindling inventory of fighter aircraft, I wonder? Simply having sufficient fuel budget to keep up the training hours is a challenge, I'm told by cynical fliers, who look enviously at the time available to their American and European opposites.

Back in the bunker though I've had an enquiry for Farnborough 2008 - we opened the airshow very day in 2006 - so we may be lucky again. In the same week, I've also taken several calls for one major publicity stunt which will demand an eye-watering series of permissions if it's going to happen. However well-placed the client, I have my doubts but if it does go ahead nobody is likely to miss it on the news.

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