Henry de La Vaulx

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Henry de La Vaulx
Head and shoulders black and white image of Comte Henry de La Vaulx in a suit}
Full name Comte Henry de La Vaulx
Born (1870-04-02)2 April 1870
Bierville, France
Died 18 April 1930(1930-04-18) (aged 60)
New York state
Cause of death accident in New York state
Resting place Castle Rozoy-Bellevalle.
48°55′25″N 3°27′22″E / 48.923611°N 3.456111°E / 48.923611; 3.456111
Monuments
File:Tombe-La Vaulx.jpg
Nationality French
Aviation career
Known for cofounder of Aero Club of France, 1898;
cofounder of FAI, 1905
Famous flights 1900 ballooning distance record
Awards Grand Medal of the Aero Club of France, 1900

Henry de La Vaulx (1870–1930), was a balloonist, author, and cofounder of major French and international aeronautical associations.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Bierville, France on April 2, 1870.

From March 1896 to May 1897 he stayed with native tribes in Patagonia, and later wrote a book about this experience.

In 1898, he co-founded the Aero Club of France with Ernest Archdeacon, Léon Serpollet, Henri de la Valette, Jules Verne, Honorine de Viane Morel Verne, André Michelin, Albert de Dion, Alberto Santos-Dumont, and Henry Deutsch de la Meurthe.[1]

On Oct 9, 1900 he and a companion set a distance record in a balloon traveling 1200 miles from Vincennes, France to Korostishev near Kiev, Ukraine in 35.75 hours.[2][3][4] Also in 1900 he received the Grand Medal of the Aero Club of France for exceptional contributions to the progress of aviation.

In 1905 he cofounded and became a director of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).[5] The FAI now awards the De la Vaulx Medal, named for him. He visited the United States several times for ballooning ventures and the New York Times described him as one of the "most successful and daring balloonists in the world."[6]

He developed airships for the Zodiac company.

He published a dozen books, mostly on aviation.

He lived in the castle Rozoy-Bellevalle.

He died on a demonstration flight between Albany and New York City on April 18, 1930 and was buried in the Rozoy-Bellevalle cemetery.

Published works[edit]

  • Voyage en Patagonie ; ouvrage contenant quarante illustrations d’après les photographies de l’auteur, et une carte hors texte, Préf. José-Maria de Heredia, Paris, Hachette, 1901
  • Les Anciens Habitants des rives du Colhué Huapi (Patagonie), Paris, Leroux, 1902
  • La Montagne d'amour : tableau de la vie Araucane, [S.l.s.n.], 1902
  • L’Emploi des ballons à ballonnet d’après la théorie du général Meusnier, Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1903
  • L’Aérostation, Paris, Larousse, 1906
  • Le Tour du monde de deux gosses ; le chemin des nuages, Paris, Tallandier, 1908
  • Le Triomphe de la navigation aérienne, Paris, Tallandier, 1911
  • Les Vainqueurs de l’air ; histoire de l’aéronautique: ses débuts sportifs, son application militaire, sa réalisation commerciale, Paris, Hachette, 1921
  • L’Aéronautique des origines à 1922, Paris, Floury, 1922
  • Cent Mille Lieues dans les airs, Paris, Arthéme Fayard, 1925
  • Joseph et Étienne de Montgolfier, Paris, Annonay, 1926
  • Un Tour du monde en aéroplane, Paris, Albin Michel, 1930
  • Bibliothèque de feu M. le comte Henry de La Vaulx, Paris, Bosse, 1930

Legacy[edit]

Naming and lexicography[edit]

Book cover of Voyage en Patagonie by La Vaulx
Tomb of La Vaulx
  • He was often referred to as "comte de La Vaulx." Comte is a French title analogous to the British title "Count."
  • His first name is sometimes written as Henri,[7] the usual French spelling, but on the book cover at left, he used the spelling "Henry."
  • His name is usually alphabetized as La Vaulx, Henry de.

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