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French Roland GARROS

born Roland Adrien Georges GARROS

French aviator and a fighter aircraft pilot during World War I

Source :  Henri Charles DAHLEM

Born: on October 06, 1888 in Saint-Denis, Réunion
Died: on October 05, 1918 in Vouziers, France


Garros was born in Saint-Denis, Réunion and studied at HEC Paris. He started his aviation career in 1909 flying Santos-Dumont's Demoiselle monoplane, an aircraft that only flew well with a small lightweight pilot. In 1911 Garros graduated to flying Bleriot monoplanes and entered a number of European air races with this type of machine. He was already a noted aviator before World War I having visited the US and South America; by 1913 he had switched to flying Morane-Saulnier monoplanes, a vast improvement over the Blériot, and gained fame for making the first non-stop flight across the Mediterranean Sea from Fréjus in south of France to Bizerte in Tunisia. The following year, Garros joined the French army at the outbreak of the conflict.

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