René Guilbaud

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René Guilbaud
Full name René Guilbaud
Born (1890-10-08)8 October 1890
Died 18 June 1928(1928-06-18) (aged 37)
Barents Sea
Cause of death Aviation accident (presumed)
Nationality France
Aviation career
Known for Disappeared in 1928 while assisting the search for the airship Italia in the Arctic
Famous flights

René Guilbaud (8 October 1890 – 18 June 1928) was an early-20th-century French military aviator.

Long-distance flights[edit]

Guilbaud was celebrated mainly for long-range flights, by flying boat across Africa in 1926 and 1927, first in a Lioré et Olivier LeO H-190 and then in CAMS 37.


Guilbaud disappeared in the Barents Sea in June 1928, while piloting a Latham 47 flying boat in which Roald Amundsen was travelling to join the search the survivors of the crash of the airship Italia. While debris from his aircraft was subsequently located by late August, no trace has ever been found of the occupants.


The mountain Guilbaudtoppen in Sørkapp Land at Spitsbergen, Svalbard, is named after him.[1]


  • La vie héroïque de René Guilbaud 1890-1928 - Coindreau (Roger), 1958

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