Aviation Post Card Collection...
This postcard shows peruvian aviator Jorge
Chavez in a monoplan Bleriot at Meudon, after he established
another maximum height record of 1680m at Blackpool, England.
Three weeks later, Italy's Aero Club began to offer 20.000
dollars to the first person to fly a fixed-wing aircraft from
Brigue to Milan, flying over the Alps. Chávez was one of a
small number of pilots that accepted the challenge. On
September 19, Chávez attempted the flight, but he returned to
Brigue because of adverse flying conditions. On September 23,
he took off for the second time. He reportedly said the words,
"Whatever happens, I shall be found on the other side of the
Alps." The runway that had been set up in Milan for this
occasion was near an old railroad station. Many tourists had
gathered to see Chávez landing, as Chávez had become a
celebrity in Europe.
Chávez confronted problems with the air before crash-landing
in Milan. His crash was one of aviation's first famous air
crashes. He did, however, survive for four days before dying
of injuries suffered in the accident, technically making him
the first person to fly over the Alps and survive. Jorge
Chávez also became an icon in Peru, where his fame grew after
death. The Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima is named
after him. His last words were: "Higher. Always higher."
Postcard shows early french aviator Tissandier flying a Wright
Flyer, probably near Pau were Wilbur Wright launched his
flight school. Paul Tissandier was born in Paris in 1881 and
was the son of Gaston Tissandier, who was also famous in
ballooning & airships history. Paul was first a balloon pilot,
secondly an airship pilot and finally a plane pilot. He was
the second pilot-pupil of Wilbur Wright. He was granted
License n° 10 bis on September 16, 1909. Together with Count
de Lambert, he was involved in the construction of
The famous early aviator Roland Garros, flying a Bleriot
monoplane. He was already a noted aviator before World War I;
in 1913 he gained fame for making the first nonstop flight
across the Mediterranean Sea from Frejus in south of France to
Bizerte in Tunisia. The next year he joined the French army at
the outbreak of the conflict. After several aerial missions he
decided that shooting and flying at the same time was too
difficult, so he fitted a machine gun to the front of his
plane so the tasks became one and the same. In order to
protect the propeller from the bullets, he fitted metal wedges
to the prop. Starting from April 1, 1915, he soon shot down
three German planes and quickly gained an excellent reputation.
On April 18, 1915, he was shot down and glided to a landing on
the German side of the lines. Garros managed to escape from
prisoner-of-war camp in Germany in February 1918 and joined
the French army again. On October 5, 1918, he was shot down
again and killed near Vouziers, Ardennes, a month shy of the
end of the war.
Early aviator Louis Paulhan perform a low
flight on what appears to be a Voisin airplane, similar to
those used by Henri Farman. He was in fact envolved in the
american courts, when the Wright brothers restrained Paulhan
from flights in his Farman biplane which they contend
infringes on their patents. He was one of the first french
aviators, with brevet number 10 (Bleriot had number 1). He
participated in the biggest air meetings of the first decade
of aviation, gaining special attention in the Meeting of Douai,
that took place from the 10th to 18th of July 1909. In that
meeting he beat the world record of altitude (with 150 meters)
and flight time (with a flight lasting 1h07m covering 47Km).
Louis Paulhan flew the Farman aircraft in the first American
aviation meeting held at Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, January,
1910. He is best remembered as the winner of the Daily Mail
London to Manchester Race in April, 1910.
The famous early aviator Henri Farman and
his brother Maurice Farman built the Farman biplane, one of
the most reliable and fast airplanes of its time. Henri Farman
set the world's endurance and speed records
with it in 1909, and
before that, with his brother Maurice,
Henri made the first circular flight of more than one
kilometre in 1908, completing a 1.6-kilometre (one-mile)
flight near Paris. Like the
Flyer of the Wright brothers or Bleriot's monoplan, the Farman
biplane was quite popular among young aviators that could
build their own airplanes. In this postcard, the
pioneer Renaux flyes the Maurice Farman biplane, probably in
This postcard shows early aviator Vidart on
a Deperdussin airplane, they both founded a flight school in
France in 1910. Vidart won a few prizes in the first years of
aviation, namely the first stage Paris > Reims > Liege on the
"Europen Circuit" air race, that took place in 1911. The "European
Circuit" crossed the cities of Paris > Reims > Liege > Spa >
Utrecht > Brussells > Roubaix > Calais > London > Amiens in 12
days and then returned to Paris at the 7th of July 1911. The
Circuit started with 52 participants on the 18th of June 1911
and was won by french ace Andre Beaumont - he flew the 994
miles in 58h 38m, collecting 200.000 FF. The second place went
to Roland Garros. More then 700.000 people saw this race all
over Europe in the summer of 1911.
This postcard shows early aviator M. Olivier
de Montalent flying a Bréguet biplane. The photo was taken
near Douai and Montalent was a flying professor in Ecole
Bréguet before he died in a plane crash in 24th August 1913.
Montalent was one of nine competitors in the hydro-aeroplane
race which started from Le Pecq near Paris for De Auville, a
seaport in the north of France. He reached Rouen third and was
flying at a height of 1,000 feet as he approached the town.
The waiting crowds saw the machine suddenly pitch violently
and drop. Montalent crashed through the deck of a river barge;
Metivier, the passenger, fell into the river. Montalent was
one of the largest land owners of Rouen.
Lindpaintner was an unknown early flying
pioneer that flew the Sommer biplane a few times in France. In
this postcard, his plane is equipped with a 50HP Gnome engine.
Morin in his monoplane after the flight
between Pau and Toulouse, in France, on the 27th of February
Mouthier was another early unknown flying
pioneer, in this postcard he is flying a Bleriot monoplan,
very popular and much adopted and modified in the first years
Ruchonnet was another early flying french
pioneer. He usually flew on an Antoniette monoplan like this
one shown in the postcard, making the first over Bordeaux,
probably in 1909. Ruchonnet was a daring pilot who had flown
his first airplane only two days before participating in the
famous Reims Air Meetins held in August 1909.
Postcard shows Marcel Hanriot in his Hanriot
Monoplan in 1909/10. This early aviator would later developed
air fighters for the World War I, for the Belgian, French and
Italian squadrons. The popular Hanriot HD1 would even be
piloted in the war by flying ace Charles Nungesser.
Early pioneer Maurice Herbster flying the
popular Henry Farman biplane, at Champ de Chalons in 1910.
Postcard shows french pilot Aubrun flying a
Bleriot Monoplan. In March 1910, Emil Aubrun makes the first
night flights in the history of aviation.
Henry Farman was one of the first pioneers
to develop sea planes. The one shown in the postcard "pre-WWI"
is piloted by early aviator Chevillard.