The skies of New York were painted in red, white and blue – the colours of both the French and the American flags – this weekend. As France’s Air Force jets skimmed over Manhattan’s skyscrapers, pilots were clearly thrilled to mark the 100th anniversary of the US joining World War One.
Stars and Stripes emblazoned on their tail fins, eight Alpha Jets from the Patrouille de France (PAF) demonstration team followed an Airbus A400M. Symbolically, they fly over the Statue of Liberty, and the Freedom Tower.
It’s the first time in over 30 years since the PAF flew over the Big Apple. The last event was back on July 4th 1986 for the centenary of Gustav Eiffel’s Statue of Liberty.
New York is just the first stage of a North American tour lasting six weeks. In the name of Franco-American friendship, the PAF will criss-cross the United States from East to West, carrying out a dozen flight demonstrations and nine flyovers of symbolic sites and monuments.