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Cancelling air shows won’t save the planet

Why are we grounding the magnificent men in their flying machines?

A low flying Hawker Hart airplane at an airshow in Hendon, England (Getty)

To have ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wingsand touched the face of God’ is amongst the most ancient dreams of humanity. Never better expressed than in the sonnet of pilot-poet John Gillespie Magee.

Yet inevitably, the green blob has discovered a new target for cancelation: the air show.

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Jonathan Miller
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Jonathan Miller, who lives near Montpellier, is the author of ‘France, a Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ (Gibson Square). His Twitter handle is: @lefoudubaron

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