CENTENAIRE DE LA DISPARITION DE GUYNEMER

Gérard Souedet, Toni Giacoia et des visiteurs. Exposition Fondett'Ailes à Fondettes sur le centenaire de la disparition de Guynemer et dédicace du livre Une autre histoire de l'aviation

(Same article in English at the bottom of this page)

L’association Fondett’Ailes a bien fait les choses en ce samedi 30 septembre et dimanche 1er octobre 2017 à Fondettes, près de Tours. L’exposition démarrait avec une présentation de l’icône de l’aéronautique militaire française de la Grande Guerre, le Capitaine Georges Guynemer, l’as aux 53 victoires homologuées. On y découvrait ce jeune homme chétif, au caractère déjà bien trempé. Guynemer venait d’une famille de la bourgeoisie qui descendait de Louis XII. Il n’était pas vraiment destiné à devenir un des plus brillants aviateurs au monde. Cependant l’opiniâtreté du capitaine de l’escadrille des Cigognes le menèrent au firmament de la gloire lorsqu’il fût abattu le 11 septembre 1917 à Poelkappelle. Des maquettes étaient exposées et en particulier celles qui furent frappées du « Vieux Charles » de Guynemer: Morane-Saulnier, Nieuport et SPAD, ainsi que d’autres maquettes d’avions d’époque et d’appareils pilotés par ses victimes. Des extraits de  journaux rapportaient les combats aériens qu’il a livrés des débuts à la fin tragique qui conserve toujours une part de mystère.

L’exposition rendait aussi hommage aux autres grands as de la période 14-18 avec notamment Dorme, Nungesser, Navarre et le héros local Maxime Lenoir. Depuis que le journaliste Didier Lecoq a retrouvé sa trace et que le village de Chargé a commémoré la disparition de l’as tourangeau, meilleur as de Verdun entre juin et octobre 1916, les Tourangeaux, les amateurs de la Grande Guerre et les historiens ont pu découvrir, ou redécouvrir pour certains, « Le Guynemer de la Touraine » grâce à un panneau entièrement consacré à Maxime Lenoir et ses exploits. Des uniformes des aviateurs, masque à gaz et fléchettes étaient présentés et surtout trois pièces de collection spectaculaires: une grande hélice, un appareil de photographie aérienne Gaumont aux dimensions étonnantes et un superbe moteur rotatif Clerget Blin avec ses neuf cylindres, immanquable.

Enfin, le livre Une autre histoire de l’aviation était présenté en dédicace. Vous pouvez consulter l’article de La Nouvelle République ci-dessous ou directement sur ce lien: https://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/tours/georges-guynemer-as-des-as-cent-ans-apres

Article de la Nouvelle République sur l'exposition de Fondett'Ailes (président Gérard Souedet) à Fondettes, salle Jacques Villeret au centre culturel de l'Aubrière. Centenaire de la disparition du capitaine Georges Guynemer, dédicace du livre Une autre histoire de l'aviation de Toni Giacoia, moteur Clerget Blin

Un grand merci à l’association Fondett’Ailes et son président Gérard Souedet pour leur accueil. Un grand merci aussi à Didier Lecoq, Secrétaire Général à La Nouvelle République, pour son accord et toutes ses informations sur Maxime Lenoir.

IN ENGLISH:

Affiche de l'association Fondett'Ailes pour les 100 ans de la disparition du capitaine Georges Guynemer
Affiche de l’association Fondett’Ailes www.fondett-ailes.fr

The Fondett’Ailes association did well on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2017 in Fondettes, near Tours. The exhibition opened with a presentation of of the WW1 French military aeronautics icon, Captain Georges Guynemer, the ace of 53 approved victories. He was depicted as a young sickly man, who had a temperament that was already very strong. Guynemer came from a bourgeois family that was descended from Louis XII. He wasn’t really destined to become one of the most brilliant aviators in the world. However, the stubbornness of the captain of the Cigognes squadron led him to the firmament of glory when he was shot down at Poelkappelle, Belgium, on September 11, 1917. Models were on display, particularly those of the « Vieux Charles » from Guynemer: Morane-Saulnier, Nieuport and SPAD, as well as other models of aircraft from this era and aircraft flown by his victims. Newspaper clippings reported the dogfights he fought from the beginning to the tragic end which has always kept a part of mystery.

The exhibition also paid tribute to the other great aces of the WW1 period with Dorme, Nungesser, Navarre and the local hero Maxime Lenoir. Since the journalist Didier Lecoq found his trail, and since the village of Chargé commemorated the disappearance of the ace of the Loire Valley – the best ace of Verdun between June and October 1916 – the visitors of the Loire Valley, amateurs of the Great War and historians have discovered, or rediscovered for some, the « Guynemer of Touraine » thanks to a panel entirely dedicated to Maxime Lenoir and his feats. Aviators’ uniforms, gas mask and darts were displayed, and above all three spectacular collector’s pieces were displayed: a large propeller, a Gaumont aerial camera with amazing dimensions and a superb Clerget Blin rotary engine with its nine cylinders, unavoidable.

Last but not least, the book Une Autre Histoire de l’Aviation was presented for book signing.

Many thanks to the association Fondett’Ailes and their chairman Gérard Souedet for their welcome. Many thanks also to Didier Lecoq, Secretary General of La Nouvelle République, for his agreement and all his information on Maxime Lenoir.

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RED BULL AIR RACE – ABU DHABI 2017

Czech Pilot Wins First Race

The 2017 opener has been full of surprises. A victory of Mathias Dolderer was expected in Abu Dhabi today but the Czech Martin Sonka and his Zivko Edge 540 V3 had the last word thanks to his first victory in this competition. The German champion finished fourth. Two French pilots – Nicolas Ivanoff and François Le Vot – reached the Final 8 but failed to go through. Master Class results: Sonka (CZE) 15 points, Velarde (ESP) 12 pts, McLeod (CAN) 9 pts, Dolderer (GER) 7 pts, Ivanoff (FRA) 6 pts, Goulian (USA) 5 pts, Bolton (CHI) 4 pts, Le Vot (FRA) 3 pts, Brageot (FRA) 2 pts, Hall (AUS) 1 pt. The next race is to be hold in San Diego on April 15 & 16.

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RED BULL AIR RACE – 2 FRENCH PILOTS ON PODIUM

The French took the lead through Nicolas IVANOFF and François LE VOT in this season-opening air race in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Ivanoff finished first after a narrow victory since the German Matthias DOLDERER was only 0.110″ behind him. The RBAR biggest surprise came from LE VOT who finished third. It is the first time he has been on the podium. The Australian Matt HALL could not perform as expected as he hit a pylon during the opening round. The Austrian Hannes ARCH was disqualified for surprisingly flying off track. The next race should fit him better since it will be in Spielberg, Austria on April 23rd and 24th.

2016 MASTER CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP RANKING – 1st Race :

  1. FRA – Nicolas IVANOFF, 15 points
  2. GER – Matthias DOLDERER, 12 points
  3. FRA – François LE VOT, 9 points
  4. USA – Kirby CHAMBLISS, 6 points
  5. USA – Michael GOULIAN, 5 points
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MUST SEE – WEIRD TAKEOFF EXPLAINED

Thanks to this video shared by @air_english, here is an example of the kind of accident you can avoid if you follow some basic flight safety rules. Even if nobody could expect such a spectacular accident while weather and visibility were excellent, some precautionary measures could have prevented the aircrew from a catastrophic failure. This video will let you guess what provoked this. You will find an analysis of this German Robin DR-400 accident here.

Thanks to AIR-ENGLISH and John Maxwell. Please, pass the information on for it is a flight safety issue and it could happen to anybody. It is useful for BIA-CAEA too.

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PILOT ESCAPING THROUGH UNDERWATER EJECTION

Do you remember that some fighter pilots could safely eject from underwater back in 1965? Could it be survived? One may wonder but a few ejections were reported. The transcript is below the video. Look at that canopy, it looks like it came from an F-8 Crusader:

TRANSCRIPT:

If your aircraft has provision for underwater ejection, you have a ready-made, secondary escape route. Succesful underwater ejections can be made from any aircraft attitude – nose down, tail down, and inverted.

Escape by this method requires no preparation other than that recommended for normal seat ejection. There should be at least ten feet of water above you before you can safely eject. Never eject from the surface. With present systems, the chute cannot open with a zero-zero situation (which means at a height of 0 and at a speed of 0). The effect of free-falling 80 feet to water is little different than falling 80 feet to concrete. True, some lucky ones have lived to tell about it. But it is one hell of a gamble.

When you eject through the canopy underwater, the seat breaks through clearing the way for your body. Because water resistance imposes terrific forces on your head and neck, it is vital to hold the face curtain tight against your head for support. The forces of ejection might cause a momentary blackout. Immediately upon collecting your wits, disconnect yourself from the seat by pulling the emergency release handle breaking your restraints. Now, separate yourself from the seat. This is difficult. You will have to kick and swim violently even though you are disconnected.

If your chute gets hung up on the seat, do not waste time trying to clear it. Release your riser fittings and swim clear off the chute. Do not inflate flotation equipment until clear of the seat. Remember, surface slowly, exhaling as you go. Remove your oxygen mask.

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