I flew with birds. You can too.

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    Tom ScottTom Scott

    In southern France, there's a man called Christian who flies a microlight aircraft, alongside flocks of birds. And he takes passengers. ■ More about Fly With Birds: www.flywithbirds.com/

    Camera: Simon Gillouin
    Editor: Michelle Martin twitter.com/mrsmmartin
    Producer: Axel Zeiliger block8production.com

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott

I realise that "you can too" is ignoring things like health and wealth, and I did worry about that; as ever, the need to make the title clickable, but short and honest, is a bit of a battle. And also, to be clear, this isn't an advert: I paid for my flight and my camera operator's flight!

Charles jones
Charles jones

The passion that Frenchman has for his birds is admirable. His dedication is amazing

Ephemeralis
Ephemeralis

How in the world do you manage to make such consistently compelling videos with massively different themes and experiences each time? It's insane.

kozuki zaki
kozuki zaki

As someone who took 4 years of U.S. Highschool French, but is still getting familiar with the language, his French was so easy to follow and understand, super articulate. Very awesome video also!

mekkio77
mekkio77

Until now I never realized how little flapping is needed to keep a bird in the air. In human terms, it's like imagining that one would need to run in order to cover distances when in reality you can simply walk from point A to point B. That gets the job done. I thought this because from the ground we can only watch birds take off and in order to get to flight, that's where the big flaps come in. But the minute you are settled in the sky, you don't need to give off that much power. I guess this is why some birds can cover hundreds of miles in a day.

gordonrunsurbathon
gordonrunsurbathon

Tom, thank you for keeping the original French with subtitles rather than dubbing - I find it preferable to listen or read to the original language!

Joseph Oliveira
Joseph Oliveira

This video brought back strong memories of a movie from my childhood, "Fly Away Home", which was inspired by the life of Bill Lishman, a Canadian sculptor who did something similar.

Oz Grinfeld-Faru
Oz Grinfeld-Faru

Wow. As a glider pilot I'm used to flying with birds from time to time, but, wow. This is just a whole other level of intimacy with these amazing animals. Amazing.

The Tim Traveller
The Tim Traveller

This is in France?!

Fred U.
Fred U.

As a former hang glider pilot, ultralight pilot, microlight pilot and paraglider pilot, this video really strikes home. I've never had the luck to fly with a bird, but perhaps as close as one can get to fly like a bird, especially the unpowered versions. This video brings tears to my eyes.

Chadivich
Chadivich

Came for microlight flying, stayed for conservation and animal husbandry. What a nice surprise!

Grinsekotze
Grinsekotze

I really like it when interviews are done in the interviewee's native language. Please keep doing that, Tom

jennivamp5
jennivamp5

I remember watching a film about a family who raised geese and taught them to fly using a glider when I was young. I think it was called fly away home. I wonder if this guy was part of the inspiration.

sgtjawa
sgtjawa

I remember hearing about this guy decades ago-- I'm really glad he's still around and still doing this!

PoobLord
PoobLord

This is amazing it’s incredible how people can dedicate there lives to helping animals that most wouldn’t even bat an eye to.

plebcrabslayer
plebcrabslayer

3:00

Owlman145
Owlman145

Started listening to this while doing something else, didn't even realize it was in two languages until I looked and saw subtitles (fluent in both). Funny how the mind works sometimes.

Pilotwisco
Pilotwisco

As a kid and obsessed with all things aviation, I loved the movie “Fly Away Home”. This guy is the real deal of that movie.

BL
BL

Being able to pet the birds mid flight must be a magical feeling..

Medium D Speaks
Medium D Speaks

I love when you cover people who speaks languages I've tried learning, as I can choose not to look at the subtitles mostly but as I am learning a fully new topic, I end up learning new words like "gosling" and "micro light aircraft" . Hope to see more from France, Italy, Czechia or one day China or Japan

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