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Superb book, “Le Pari De L’Impossible” [Betting on the Impossible]

From fighter pilot to the Patrouille de France, discover a human adventure. By Romain Béthhoux, in collaboration with Frédéric Lert

Romain Béthoux was second and then leader of the PAF from 2014 to 2015. This was the result of years of effort and hard work to first join the Air Force Academy, then gain his fighter wings and finally succeed in a first career on Mirage F1 with several combat missions during various external operations. His selection to join the prestigious patrol opened up the door to an unforeseeable adventure that he shares at length over the following pages. For the first time, the reader can go on-board with a leader in the cockpit of a red white and blue Alphajet. Go with him as he sweats underneath his helmet, draws his trajectories with a chalk line and discovers on two wings what really goes on behind the scenes of the Air Force and its thrilling ambassador, the PAF!

This book is the story of an adventure within an institution that remains deeply human, with all its strengths and weaknesses, its joys and its hardships. It is also about plunging deep into the daily workings of a Grand Dame, the Patrouille de France, who remains a secret despite her 65 years of existence.


About the author:

Qualifying as a fighter pilot in 2004, Lieutenant-Colonel Romain Béthoux is now commander of the Christian Martell Fighter Aviation School at the Tours Air Force Base. After a career on Mirage F1 with the prestigious 2/30 Normandy-Niemen Fighter Regiment, followed by the 2/33 Savoie Reconnaissance Squadron, he was appointed to the Air Force General Staff as Assistant to the Rafale programme officer. Béthoux then joined the Patrouille de France in 2014, firstly in the role of ‘second’, before taking command during the 2015 season. To date, he has flown 2,600 hours, including 2,000 hours in a Mirage F1 and Alphajet.

288 pages + 16-page photo book

"What an interesting book! To tell the story of a fighter pilot's adventure with such humanity is a rare thing, but Romain Béthoux did it. And did it perfectly. "Aerobuzz

"Former leader of the Patrouille de France, commander of the Tours Fighter Pilot School, Romain Béthoux opens up in a book in which he hides nothing. ”La Nouvelle République

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Francoise H. published the 03/02/2019 following an order made on 21/01/2019


Cadeau pour noël, dommage pas d'illustrations, le seul reproche qu'on puisse faire.

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Valerie B. published the 31/01/2019 following an order made on 13/01/2019



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Pascal M. published the 04/12/2018 following an order made on 15/10/2018


tres interessant et lucratif;

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