Morane-Saulnier MS.406 of the French Vichy Air Force’s Groupe de Chasse (Fighter Group) I/7 landing at Rayak Air Base, Lebanon, late 1940. The GC I/7 was one of the Vichy air unites deployed in the Levant (Syria and Lebanon) committed to desperate counter-attacks against the British and Free French forces on June-July 1941. Victor Sierra
The French used this method of take-off in the early years. In this picture one can see the chief Steward (top) shouting to the passenger halfway up the tree that he is holding up the flight!