World's largest collection of fighter jets is nestled in the middle of France's Wine Country
The world's largest private fleet of fighter jets, 110 in all
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November 18, 2019 - by IAN LEE for cbsnews.com
Beaune, France — Burgundy may be known for its wine, but it's what's nestled between the vines that draws the tourists to this vineyard: The world's largest private fleet of fighter jets, 110 in all.
It's not your typical collection, but 87-year-old Michel Pont is not your typical collector.
"I was born passionate," he told CBS News. "And a bit crazy," he said, pointing to his head.
Pont said he caught the collector's bug while in the French Air Force, and started buying the jets 30 years ago to save them from being destroyed.
And that attracts the crowds of tourists interested in wine and war. Military bases in France are closed to the public, so this gives people a chance to see the planes up close.
This isn't just a massive display of weapons of war, each jet tells an individual story...
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