Pilots just wanna have fun

We rarely see a vapour trail here, very occasionally one on the lower western horizon. But from time to time we do get military jets as there’s a big base 100kms south of us. This morning the sun was back, and the sky to the south was covered in loopy ribbons that can only be jet trails.

They start in the east

starts here


make a great knot due south

sky knot


and veer off south west in squiggles like snail trails.

ends here

Looks suspiciously like the military having fun at the tax payers’ expense…

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Jane Dougherty

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20 thoughts on “Pilots just wanna have fun”

  1. A sky covered in knots.

    We got lots of choppers here – mostly private ones, belonging to the wealthy who, as a rule, live in the suburbs and usually have a business with a heliport in the city. How very convenient. It’s good to be rich.

    1. Choppers here means some terrible emergency or accident. Rare thank goodness! If you’re rich, you tend not to choose to live in the Lot-et-Garonne. One of the things I like about it.

      1. They go slow enough and loud enough for you to have time to get to the window to see them. By the time you hear the fighter jets, they’re already out of sight. But you know that…

  2. It does–but beautiful shots. 😀
    We are so close to a major airport and sometimes in the flight paths of military planes, and we often see hospital and news helicopters.

    1. Those things have accidents. When they roar past at daisy height (as we say) the building seems to shudder. We can go for weeks and weeks without seeing one, then we’ll get a bunch of them all together doing stunts.

  3. Since 9-11 they always warn us when the military is doing a fly by. But there are way too many helicopters, even after they restricted all the ones carrying tourists. (K)

    1. I find helicopters scary. There was one over here, hardly above the trees practicing for crowd surveillance at Bordeaux later in the week. Nobody will convince me they’re safe either.

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