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Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison

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Freccia

Having strayed from formation to perform solo stunts, an air force jet streaked across the sky, loud, low and close above the heads of two lovers kissing passionately in waist-deep water, their tongues tangling in formations of their own. Air show? What air show? There’s no distracting some Italians from summer pursuits.

The rest of us couldn’t take our eyes from the sky. Thousands of spectators had ignored posters declaring it immoral to be entertained by ‘machines of death’, gathering on the beach at San Cataldo near Lecce to watch the aerobatic team of the Italian Air Force, Le Frecce Tricolori—The Tri-Colour Arrows, give an afternoon display of precision aerobatics and balls-out speed.

Myself a qualified aerobatics pilot—unfortunately ...

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