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Wine and warplanes in Burgundy

Old 18th Nov 2019, 13:40
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Wine and warplanes in Burgundy

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world...cid=spartandhpBurgundy may be known for its wine, but it's what's nestled between the vines that draws the tourists to this vineyard: The world's largest private fleet of fighter jets, 110 in all. It's not your typical collection, but 87-year-old Michel Pont is not your typical collector. "I was born passionate," he told CBS News. "And a bit crazy," he said, pointing to his head. Pont said he caught the collector's bug while in the French Air Force, and started buying the jets 30 years ago to save them from being destroyed. And that attracts the crowds of tourists interested in wine and war. Military bases in France are closed to the public, so this gives people a chance to see the planes up close. "It's really surprising," said tourist Bob Woodwards. "Particularly in the middle of the Wine Country. This is a beautiful vineyard area and it's quite a surprise." This isn't just a massive display of weapons of war, each jet tells an individual story. Like the F-8 Crusader known as the last American gunfighter that squared off against the MIG-17 in the skies over Vietnam. And a F-100 Super Sabre, the Air Force's Thunderbirds used it to dazzle spectators at the 1967 Paris Air Show. But the pride of Pont's squadron is an F-16 that didn't come easy. "I was friends with a Belgian general who wanted to give me the F-16, but the Americans wanted it destroyed" he recalled. "After badgering the American ambassador, he finally intervened and called one day saying bring your truck and get your jet." The American jets in particular are special to Pont. "It's thanks to the Americans and Brits that we were liberated from the Nazis," Pont said. "So I enjoy displaying this American pride and honor." A man rooted in both wine and history, and still in the market for another American jet.

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It would be nice to know how to get rid of the extra lettering that showed up. Let me know and I will do it.
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Click 'Edit', then delete what you don't want.
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Originally Posted by BossEyed View Post
Click 'Edit', then delete what you don't want.
Thanks,

When I click EDIT, only the desired text is displayed, not all the extraneous stuff. Therefore, I cannot delete what I don't want. Perhaps it has something to do with the site I copied the text from.
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Originally Posted by BossEyed View Post
Click 'Edit', then delete what you don't want.
When you've done that, you might like to look at A French Chateau Hoarding the World’s Largest Private Collection of Fighter Jets

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Old 18th Nov 2019, 16:21
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OK then: Copy what you see into e.g. MSWord, then search and replace (with nothing) the bits you don't want (which will be a very quick job, since there are only two extraneous bits, repeated multiple times.)

Then paste the resulting content back into your post, replacing the original.

Ah, hell - allow me:
Burgundy may be known for its wine, but it's what's nestled between the vines that draws the tourists to this vineyard: The world's largest private fleet of fighter jets, 110 in all. It's not your typical collection, but 87-year-old Michel Pont is not your typical collector.

"I was born passionate," he told CBS News. "And a bit crazy," he said, pointing to his head.

Pont said he caught the collector's bug while in the French Air Force, and started buying the jets 30 years ago to save them from being destroyed.

And that attracts the crowds of tourists interested in wine and war. Military bases in France are closed to the public, so this gives people a chance to see the planes up close.

"It's really surprising," said tourist Bob Woodwards. "Particularly in the middle of the Wine Country. This is a beautiful vineyard area and it's quite a surprise."

This isn't just a massive display of weapons of war, each jet tells an individual story. Like the F-8 Crusader known as the last American gunfighter that squared off against the MIG-17 in the skies over Vietnam.

And a F-100 Super Sabre, the Air Force's Thunderbirds used it to dazzle spectators at the 1967 Paris Air Show.

But the pride of Pont's squadron is an F-16 that didn't come easy.

"I was friends with a Belgian general who wanted to give me the F-16, but the Americans wanted it destroyed" he recalled. "After badgering the American ambassador, he finally intervened and called one day saying bring your truck and get your jet."

The American jets in particular are special to Pont.

"It's thanks to the Americans and Brits that we were liberated from the Nazis," Pont said. "So I enjoy displaying this American pride and honor."

A man rooted in both wine and history, and still in the market for another American jet.
Then simply go to UnionJack's link to read more.
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Thanks,

It worked, although it would be nice to know why it happens. Something to do with copying the website perhaps. Plus, when I pasted the revised story with all the paragraph spaces, they disappear when I hit Save.

Anyways, nice to see this museum in France.
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There was quite a nice collection at Toulouse airport, over the other side, until a few years back.
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Museums at Toulouse.

Wee Monkey.

The Museum is still at Toulouse. It is called the Ailes Anciennes Toulouse (www.aatlse.org). N43.65717 E1.35881.
It is over near the A-380 production hangars. It has around 50 exhibits, mostly outside.
Next door to it, is another Aviation Museum, Aeroscopia.. It has around 20 exhibits, mostly inside.
If you visit here first, a joint discounted ticket, for both Museums can be purchased. This doesn't work, the other way round though.

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