Top Gun for Francophiles!

If Tom Cruise had been French, and if he had flown a Dassault Mirage 2000 instead of a Grumman F-14 Tomcat, then he could well have starred in “Les Chevaliers du Ciel“, a 2005 action movie that has been called “Top Gun à la Française.”

The film was made in co-operation with the French Air Force and initially the standard safety rules applied, but eventually the minimum allowed altitude was reduced to 3 m (10 ft) and the minimum distance between aircraft was reduced to 1 m (3 ft) which made for some very exciting flying sequences!

Supersonic at low level

Much of Les Chevaliers du Ciel was shot using air-to-air cameras and the photography is superb; but don’t take our word for it. Bump this video up to full-screen, and see for yourself. Magnifique!

With many thanks to Guillaume for the link.

Right click on the poster to download  the mp3.

The song is “Into The Fire” by Thirteen Senses.



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