Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Aerial Antics



F-16 Fighter Jet in mid-display over our roof in Bodrum on Saturday.

When we're in the village, our nearest town is Mumcular. An unassuming, working conurbation  that serves the many villages and hamlets on the agricultural plane of Karaova. It doesn't have much going for it aesthetically and what little charm it did have 30 years ago, is swiftly being eroded by the many apartment blocks that are going up to serve as housing for the public sector workers of Bodrum. As a new 3 bedroom flat is selling for the equivlent of £25,000, it's one of the few places in the South West that fixed income workers have a chance to buy property. Plain-Jane Mumcular however, had a little glow of pride about it at the weekend.  One of its sons, born and bred in the town, has recently risen to become the Chief of the Airforce in Turkey. No mean feat for a small town boy. So while the denizens of up-market Bodrum were enjoying the dazzling show provided by The Turkish Stars; the air force display team,  Mumcular residents were quietly proud that it's their boy who's in charge. 


12 comments:

  1. Hello, . . . I want to thank you for visiting my blog during the month of April and leaving a comment. That was thoughtful of you. Moreover, because you visited and left a comment, I have now found your blog. I so enjoyed this posting and the previous one. I can see that I'm going to travel with you to many different places and learn many new things. Thank you for being adventurous! Peace.

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  2. Always fun to watch a show like that, BtoB. In Mid-Wales where I live the RAF does a lot of low-level flying practice, so to keep us sweet about the regular disturbance, they occasionally send the Red Arrows to give us a show. Spectacular!

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    1. I don't think I could cope with that low flying regularly Perpetua. It was so loud it made the buildings shake and set off car alarms.

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  3. Fighter jets and hearts in the sky....how unexpected, and interesting. J.

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  4. Air displays always scare me. I can't help worrying that there will be an accident. It's all very clever stuff though.

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  5. Standıng on a roof with jets only meters above my head, the words health and safety did cross my mind

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  6. They should be truly proud. It was a stunning display though at times a little too close for comfort!

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    1. Could have done with some ear plugs

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  7. . . wandering on a (sort of) related track - does the JCB (of digger fame) display team still entertain the crowds by doing their ground-level take-off of the Red Arrows?

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    1. Are you serious.? I've never heard of a JCB display team.

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  8. I used to live a few miles south of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. I loved to see the jets prepare for their flyovers on game day. They would fly so low and circle overhead waiting for the exact right moment to thrill the crowd. It was even cooler to be in the stadium. I remember a B1 dipped down - it almost seemed like the pilot dipped down into the stadium. And the sound of the engines - fantastic!

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