The first plane crossed the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

The first plane crossed the Arc de Triomphe

It was the August 7, 1919 when the aviator Charles Godefroy decided to use one of the monuments more emblematic Paris as an object for their air practices. It was the the Arc de Triomphe , built by Napoleon after the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 for his soldiers from entering a glorious way in Paris.

However, the entry of Charles Godefroy be quite different. During the Victory parade in Paris 1919 after finishing World War href=””> , soldiers should do an appearance by French capital, however, as a rule airmen parading walk was just as infantry.

That was something I did not like a group of pilots, so weeks then they planned to cross the Arc de Triomphe using Charles Godefroy Nieuport 11 aircraft. Thus, the airman agreed with journalist Jacques Mortane the time I was going to perform that action. Nobody knew that flight planning, but the next day all the newspapers echoed the vicissitudes were made. Curiously, Charles promised to withdraw from aviation after that challenge. From then on, he devoted himself to trade in wine , a job that no doubt, would make peace after a few intense years as a driver.

Then there were other airmen who made the same maneuver. The second was Alain Marchan , which was fined 5,000 francs for it, while the latter to cross it was a Unidentified rider August 11, 1991.

Credit . Jacques Mortane


The first plane crossed the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Source: english  
June 3, 2015

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