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Item ID : AIRBAC011
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Dieudonné Costes, THE FORGOTTEN HERO

Format: 21.5 x 17.5 cm
192 pages (with 250 illustrations)

Private Costes, an ace from the Eastern Front during the First World War, had to be saved from oblivion. It should also be remembered that Dieudonné Costes was the “Coast to Coast” champion, the first pilot - three years before Mermoz - to cross the South Atlantic nonstop (with Le Brix), and the first to cross the North Atlantic, from one continent to another, from Paris to New York nonstop (with Bellonte), that is to say in the most unfavorable sense. First an airline pilot at Latécoère, then Aérotransports and Air Union, he quickly became a test pilot at Breguet. The reader will discover the antagonisms that he had to overcome, especially during his "tour of the Earth" with Le Brix. He then had to conquer many world records, with Bellonte, with Codos, his friends, thus bringing to fame the productions of Louis Breguet. His pre-trial detention for 20 months after the second war is discussed at the end of the book, to better recall that the accusations of intelligence with the enemy with which he was decked out were not based on any tangible evidence, and therefore underline that his total release was justified. Of the 280 illustrations in the book, most of which have never been disclosed in a book, fifty photos of Dieudonné Costes are unpublished, and enhanced by particularly neat graphics.
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