Charles van den Born (1873-1958) Belgique & France

Pilote de biplan Farman la 2me Grande semaine de lAviation de Champagne

Charles Van Den Born was one of the earliest licensed pilots. Born 11 July 1874 (or 1873 ?) in Liege Belgium, He died on 24 Jan 1958 in Saint-Germaine-en-Laye (Yvelines, France). Though born in Belgium, his mother was French, and he later became French. Before taking up flying, he was well-known as a bicycle racer and automobile racer.

He earned his French pilot's license on 8 March 1910 in an Farman, and his Belgian license on 31 March 1910. His flying career included flight demonstrations in France (Reims 1910), Italy, at Nice, in French Indochina, and then in Thailand and China. He was the first to fly in French Indochina (Vietnam), Hong Kong, and Thailand. During WWI he directed the Belgian aviation school in France, and then later returned to Indochina. He returned to France after the Indochina Wars.

Le Biplan Van den Born est construit par H. Farman avec une envergure de 10,50 m, longueur de 13 m, un moteur Gnome 50 HP, actionnant une hlice en bois de 2,30 m. Cet appareil est muni de patins, de 4 roues l'avant et 2 roues l'arrire. Le Gouvernail est remplac par le gauchissement des plans arrires.

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