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Aerobuzz : book : Retour sur un siècle d’aéronautique avec l’évocation de Morane-Saulnier


publié le vendredi 29 mars 2013
par Bruno Rivière

Entre le premier aéronef monomoteur à pistons Morane-Saulnier Type A de 1911 et l’actuel mono-turbine pressurisé TBM 850 de Socata, il s’est passé un siècle. Une épopée que raconte brillamment Henri Lacaze dans son dernier ouvrage « Morane-Saulnier, ses avions, ses projets », paru aux éditions Lela Presse. Un vraiment beau livre…
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Aerobuzz : Comics : Charles Nungesser, l’ange de fer

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Nungesser et son Nieuport
© Bourcy-Martinet / Idées+BD
Idées+BD s'est spécialisée dans la bande dessinée aéronautique didactique. Sa dernière parution en date est une biographie de Charles Nungesser signée Thierry Bourcy (scénario) et Thierry Martinet (dessin). Elle raconte la brève carrière de ce pilote de légende qui s'illustra aux cours de la première guerre mondiale par une suite d'actes héroïques et dont la fin tragique et mystérieuse le fit entrer définitivement dans l'Histoire.

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Today in Aviation :: March 28, 2013

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The Armstrong Whitworth A.W. 154 Argosy II "City of Liverpool" was one of the key aircraft serving with Imperial Airways from Britain.  The airline crisscrossed Europe, offering a luxury "Silver Wing" service to Paris, flying to Berlin, stopping at Belgium and setting a high standard for others to match.  The Argosy Mk II, with its three engines — each a 420 hp (310 kW) Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar IVA radial — had served well since 1929 alongside the earlier Mk I models, carrying up to 18 passengers on each flight with just a crew of three.  Yet on March 28, 1933, one of the aircraft would suffer a catastrophic inflight fire, crashing into the fields of Diksmuide, Belgium.  Twelve passengers and three crewmen would perish as a result.  At the time, it was the greatest airline disaster in British history.
While tragic, the investigation that followed pointed to a possible darker, more sinister cause than an accidental fire — compounding the suspicion was the fact that a German dentist, Dr. Albert Voss, was seen to jump from the aircraft before it hit the ground.  As he had no parachute, he too died in the accident, though there was more afoot than most realized at the time.  Only later would Dr. Voss' brother relay his own suspicions, revealing a bizarre tale of drug smuggling and illegal activities — it was a story that pointed to the likelihood of sabotage….

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A Handley Page H.P. 42 loads passengers on the company's routes south through the Middle East.  At the time, in 1932, the H.P. 42s flew the lucrative London to Cape Town route, with eight aircraft in service, each of which turned over 1 million miles of flight without the loss of a single plane or passenger.
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