At a time when many travelers are flying to destinations as far away exotic should pay tribute to the heroes of airmail who opened the-air at the peril of their own lives. One of these heroes is especially dear to our heart, it is of course the great Jean Mermoz and his legendary aircraft, the Southern Cross features the famous watch edge Lip T10.
The airmail for conquering the sky
As if they belonged to our collective unconscious, some words and some names immediately come to mind when talking about the olden times of aviation. The Wright Brothers, Mermoz, Guillomet and etc can be mentioned here when we talk about the history or the past times. The conquest of the sky is obviously for us all, an essential and intimate point of our lives, because it’s a bit of an epic story that finally managed to give wings to humanity.
But any invention, as important and dramatic as it knows no development unless it cannot be marketed or put into production and aviation is no exception to this rule. Thus, even if the Great War that has transformed aviation war machine and pilot hero, it is easy to understand the importance of airmail service in the development of civil aviation. There was also a plaque more explicit Avenue Marceau in Paris instead which was created by the transcontinental airmail.
A complicated set up
Inventing the modern commercial aviation was not an easy task for George Pierre in 1918. His plan is simple yet ambitious: to join Morocco by Spain and Dakar continue to Latin America.
Toulouse Barcelona rally on Christmas Day was obviously the stunt that allowed Mr. Latécoère pursues his dream, the first stone of a company still considered a chimera by the French state. The first flights to Morocco rally from Toulouse also terminate in the fields for the first time lucky. But the line is finally officially established through a contract that is signed with the French state after a flight Toulouse Raba successful.
The precarious security provided combat aircraft used for mail delivery and lack of onboard instruments do not allow older drivers 14/18 to perform their tasks safely and they are often forced to crash landing, where possible.
The company Spain Morocco Algeria is a success despite the enormous and systematic risks encountered by pilots led by former aviator war, Didier Daurat which also handles recruitment. Flights to Algeria are regular and schedules are met. Everything is ready for the second step, which consists in Casablanca to Dakar rally. The journey is perilous, but the line is established. Gradually thanks to the talent of the drivers, but also including various diplomatic progress between the French state and Spain.
Jean Mermoz who was a newcomer
Mermoz is one of the drivers who maintain this extremely dangerous airline, it is also captured by the Moors in 1926 after a forced in the desert while serving landing. Later in 1927 Daurat for Mission Mermoz rally nonstop from Toulouse on late 26 which he did through the range of the biplane 5,000 km. Nevertheless, the crossing of the South Atlantic, final drawing hidden feat narrowly escapes him.
In 1927 it is the cord of the Andes Mermoz attack. A test that almost cost him life as he is forced to land in the mountains was organized. Fortunately he manages to launch his plane into space and bouncing off the surrounding mountain peaks. After this incredible adventure, he still manages to open the door of the Andes with another aviation legend, Guillaumet.
It will despite these achievements, wait 12 May 1930 to see Jean Mermoz succeed the legendary crossing of the South Atlantic after a journey of 21 hours during which the aviator sometimes fly so low he said he felt the waves on the fuselage of his aircraft! This heroic act enables a France-Dakar regular line — South America. Between 1930 and 1936 Mermoz out 24 flights over the South Atlantic.
Lip partners having a greatest aviator in the past
We talked about the difficult beginnings of airmail with no onboard instruments allow drivers to locate in the time space. A small production of watches extraordinarily reliable edge, however, had been in production since 1935 Lip.
It was of course a technology that was then limited to 200 copies. Thus Jean Mermoz decided to have one of these little wonders in his seaplane Southern Cross since time is an essential element in the field of aeronautics.