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How George Bush And The Texans Saved Britain

by | 28th, July 2007

IT’S not Texas it’s TEXAS! And as Tiger Hawk tells us, them Texans saved this country, yes siree:

With George W. Bush in office, Europeans (including the British) generally use the word “Texan” (along with “cowboy”) as a slur. Few of those people know that it was Texans who first rescued the British economy in the last forty years.

There was no fanfare, no speeches and no cheering crowd. But a Westland Whirlwind helicopter flight carrying seven Texan oilmen which left Scotland 40 years ago yesterday was to completely transform Britain’s economy and herald a new dawn of prosperity fuelled by “black gold”.

The Bristow’s aircraft, which was based at the Dyce airfield, then a quiet aerodrome on the outskirts of Aberdeen, picked up the men at RAF Kinloss in Moray before flying out to a drilling rig in the Moray Firth.

The short flight marked the beginning of the search for oil in the northern North Sea and the eventual discovery, two years later, of the first oil field in British waters. That oil strike paved for the way for the dramatic growth of an industry which has ploughed £232 billion in tax revenues into the Treasury over the last four decades and now employs 480,000 people across the UK.

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