Adolphe Pegoud, 'the daring French aeronaut', c 1913.

Adolphe Pegoud, 'the daring French aeronaut', c 1913.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 32cm


Hand-coloured lantern slide from the World Missionary Society Slide Depot, UK, part of the RPS Collection at the National Media Museum. Photograph shows Pegoud at the controls of his monoplane, a Bleriot-built Type XI aircraft. Pegoud made the first parachute jump from a plane from the height of 250 metres on 13 August 1913, and did the first loop-the-loop on 21 September 1913. Regrettably, his skill and luck ran out during World War One on 31 August 1915 when he was killed in aerial combat over Montreux-Chateau in Alsace and was buried in Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.

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