Jean Louis Conneau

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Jean Louis Conneau
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Jean Louis Conneau aka André Beaumont
Born (1880-02-08)8 February 1880
Lodève, Hérault
Died 5 August 1937(1937-08-05) (aged 57)
Lodève, France
Nationality French
Other names André Beaumont
Occupation Naval Lieutenant,
Aircraft pilot,
Company director,
Flying boat manufacturer
Known for winning Air races - 1911 'Paris-Rome'; 'Circuit d'Europe'; Circuit of Britain Race

Jean Louis Conneau (Born 8 Feb 1880 in Lodève, Hérault- died 5 August 1937, Lodève), better known under the pseudonym André Beaumont, was a pioneer French aviator, Naval Lieutenant and Flying boat manufacturer.[1]

Flying career[edit]

Conneau used the pseudonym "Beaumont" because, as a serving member of the French armed forces, he was not permitted to use his own name. He earned his French pilot's license on 7 December 1910 (#322), and his military pilot's license on 18 December 1911 (#4).[1]

Air races[edit]

In 1911 he won three of the toughest aeronautical tests: the 'Paris-Rome' race, the first Circuit d'Europe (Tour of Europe) (Paris-Liege-Spa-Utrecht-Brussels-Calais-London-Calais-Paris) on 7 July 1911, and the Daily Mail Circuit of Britain Race (England and Scotland) on 26 July 1911, flying a Blériot XI.[1] He also participated in the ill-fated 1911 Paris to Madrid air race in May the same year.

During the Paris-Liege leg of the 'Circuit d'Europe' his support engineer and teammate Léon Lemartin was involved in a fatal accident on take-off.[2]

Aircraft manufacture[edit]

In 1913 he co-founded the Franco-British Aviation (FBA) to build flying boats (Fr. Hydravions (Hydraplanes)). It had its headquarters in London and a factory in Paris and supplied both the French and British armed services.[3]

As a flying boat pilot, during the World War I he commanded squadrons at Nice, Bizerte, Dunkirk, and Venice. He worked at Franco-British Aviation perfecting flying boats for the French Navy from 1915 until 1919. He later became the Technical Director of Donnet-Lévèque who manufactured flying boats.[1]

Publications[edit]

Contemporary illustration of Conneau's victory in the Paris-Rome race
  • Mes trois grandes courses, (My three major races) Hachette, Paris, 1912.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Early Aviators - profile of Jean Conneau, AKA André Beaumont
  2. ^ "Three Men Die In Paris Flight. Five Also Hurt at Start of Big Circuit Race to London and Back.". New York Times. June 19, 1911. Retrieved 2010-11-04. Two prominent aviators were killed and several injured in the first stage of the European Circuit aeroplane race from Paris to London and back, which started to-day from the aviation field at Vincennes, with stops at various places going and returning, while another competitor was killed near Chateau-Thierry. 
  3. ^ "Jean Conneau". Early Aviators. Retrieved 2010-11-04.