List of pilots awarded an Aviator's Certificate by the Aéro-Club de France in 1909

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The Aéro-Club de France issued Aviators Certificates from January 1, 1910 on. These were internationally recognised under the authority of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Following a suggestion by Georges Besançon, the secretary of the Ae.C.F., the first eight French aviator's licences were awarded retrospectively dated on 7 January 1909 to Louis Blériot, Leon Delagrange, Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Henry Farman, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Captain Ferdinand Ferber and Orville and Wilbur Wright.[1] These aviation pioneers had amply demonstrated their abilities and they were therefore not required to pass a test in order to receive a licence. Further licences were awarded on 17 August to Hubert Latham and Louis Paulhan, on 16 September to Paul Tissandier, on 7 October 1909 to Jean Gobron, Charles de Lambert and Glenn Curtiss, and on 18 November to Maurice Farman and Henri Rougier.

The first sixteen licences were retrospectively numbered in alphabetical order, with Blériot receiving licence No. 1 and Wilbur Wright receiving No. 15 (No. 13 was not awarded, and numbers 5[a] and 10[b] were duplicated)

List[edit]

Legend

  •      Individual was killed in an aviation accident.
  •      Individual was killed flying in military action.
Aéro-Club de France certificates awarded in 1909 (nos. 1–17)
No. Name Date Country of origin
(if not France)
Comment
1 Bleriot, Louis 7 January 1909[2] First pilot to cross the English Channel in a heavier-than-air aircraft; d. 1 August 1936.
2 Curtiss, Glenn 7 October 1909[3] USA Holder of Aero Club of America certificate no. 1; d. 23 July 1930 in Florida.
3 Delagrange, Léon 7 January 1909[3] d. in accident 4 January 1910 at Croix-d’Hins, nr. Bordeaux.[4]
4 Esnault-Pelterie, Robert 7 January 1909[3] Inventor, aircraft designer, rocket propulsion theorist, founder of R.E.P.; d. 6 December 1957.
5 Farman, Henry 7 January 1909[3] UK Anglo-French aviation pioneer and entrepreneur; adopted French nationality 1937; d. 17 July 1958.
5 bis Ferber, Ferdinand (Captain) 7 January 1909[3] d. in accident 22 September 1909 at Boulogne sur Mer (France).[5]
6 Farman, Maurice 18 November 1909[3] UK Anglo-French aviation pioneer and entrepreneur; d. 25 February 1964 at Paris.
7 Gobron, Jean 7 October 1909[3] d. 26 July 1945 in a road accident.[6]
8 Lambert, Comte Charles de 7 October 1909[7] Russia Russian pilot of French origins; d. 26 February 1944.
9 Latham, Hubert 17 August 1909[7] d. in hunting accident in Africa 7 June 1912.
10 Paulhan, Louis 17 August 1909[8] d. 10 February 1963.
10 bis Tissandier, Paul 16 September 1909[9] Son of famous balloonist Gaston Tissandier. d. 11 March 1945.
11 Rougier, Henri 18 November 1909[8] d. July 1956.
12 Santos-Dumont, Alberto 7 January 1909[8] Brazil Balloonist, airship pioneer and designer: made the first flight verified by the Aéro-Club de France of a powered heavier-than-air machine in Europe.
14 Wright, Orville 7 January 1909[9] USA US aviation pioneer; d. in Dayton, Ohio, 30 January 1948, aged 76.
15 Wright, Wilbur 7 January 1909[9] USA US aviation pioneer; d. 30 May 1912 of typhoid fever at Dayton (USA).
16 Bunau-Varilla, Etienne 4 November 1909[2] Son of Philippe-Jean Bunau-Varilla; patented first recumbent bicycle (1912) d. 12 December 1961. [10]
17 Leblanc, Alfred 16 December 1909[7] Organised logistics for Louis Blériot's cross-channel flight, later chief instructor at Blériot flying school. d. 22 November 1921.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 5-bis was allocated to keep the original list of honorary awards in alphabetical order
  2. ^ Tissander was original allocated No. 13 but this was changed to 10-bis due to Triskaidekaphobia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liste Alphabétique de Pilotes-Aviateurs" [Alphabetical List of Pilot-Aviators]. L'Aérophile (in French). Paris: 36. 1 January 1911. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Liste Alphabétique de Pilotes-Aviateurs" [Alphabetical List of Pilot-Aviators]. L'Aérophile (in French). Paris: 37. 1 January 1911. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Liste Alphabétique de Pilotes-Aviateurs" [Alphabetical List of Pilot-Aviators]. L'Aérophile (in French). Paris: 38. 1 January 1911. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Lam, Dave, p.10
  5. ^ Lam, Dave, p.13
  6. ^ Champagne|Berceau De L'Aviation Du Monde...Jean Gobron Retrieved May 4, 2016
  7. ^ a b c "Liste Alphabétique de Pilotes-Aviateurs" [Alphabetical List of Pilot-Aviators]. L'Aérophile (in French). Paris: 39. 1 January 1911. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Liste Alphabétique de Pilotes-Aviateurs" [Alphabetical List of Pilot-Aviators]. L'Aérophile (in French). Paris: 41. 1 January 1911. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Liste Alphabétique de Pilotes-Aviateurs" [Alphabetical List of Pilot-Aviators]. L'Aérophile (in French). Paris: 42. 1 January 1911. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Champagne|Berceau De L'Aviation Du Monde...Etienne Bunau-Varilla Retrieved May 4, 2016

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