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Sacre Bleu!! French 'beat Lindbergh over Atlantic'

TWO French pilots beat American Charles Lindbergh in making the first full-length crossing of the Atlantic by plane, according to a researcher cited in The Independent today.
The key difference is, Lindbergh lived to tell the tale.

Evidence has come to light suggesting World War I French air force pilots Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli reached the Canadian coast in their seaplane 10 days before Lindbergh made it from New York to Le Bourget in May, 1927.

The pair are believed to have landed their plane, the L'Oiseau Blanc (White Bird), off the coast of the French islands of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon near Newfoundland, but were killed when the aircraft broke up on the water. It is understood they were attempting to make it to New York but had run out of fuel.

What happened to Nungesser and Coli has been referred to as the "Everest of aviation mysteries."


A range of documents has now been pieced together by Bernard Decre, an aviation enthusiast who believes he has solved the mystery.

"My intention is not to disparage the magnificent achievement of Lindbergh," Decre said.

"But I believe ... we must be as precise as we can about the early history of aviation. I believe that Nungesser and Coli, although they did not live to tell their story, should now be restored to an important place in that history."

The evidence would theoretically make Lindbergh the first person to land his aircraft successfully after an Atlantic crossing.


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Added: Nov-12-2010 
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  • Lindbergh made the first SOLO flight across.

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  • There was always controversy ofer many of the first flight stats.
    This is tech. that was being developed by all the advanced countrys at the time, and all of them have their heros.
    As Americans we look at the Wright bros. as the inventors of the airplane, but both the French and British have their inventors.
    First we have to distingush what flight is,
    Is 12 seconds, as good as 12 minutes???/
    Is a crash landing as good as a 3 point landing.
    Several attempts were made at the time of Lingberg More..

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  • Key phrase: ...landed OFF THE COAST...
    In my book, short is short. If they didn't put it on land, they didn't make it across.

    And yes, I was always told Linbergh made the first SOLO flight.

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  • It is well known that Lindbergh was not the first person to fly across the Atlantic. Starting as early as 1919, at least 50 people had flown across the Atlantic by the time Lindbergh did it. He won the Ortec Prize in 1927 for being first to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic.

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  • If you didn't live to tell about it, you didn't make it. End of story.

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  • Nungesser was a legendary French aces from WWI.

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  • Two British aviators, Alcock and Brown, made the first non-stop Transatlantic crossing on June 1919 in a Vickers Vimy bomber.
    I have an original photograph of their semi-crash landing in an Irish peat bog. Neither were hurt.

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  • No doubt for the huge majority of french, Lindberg was the first to perform a succefull flight and was welcome like a hero at Le Bourget. The disparition of Nungesser and Coli was and still is a mystery and so every clue is a debate.
    I'am always doubtfull with the caricatural stupidity of the american LL comments here !

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  • Love the angry yank comments above, brittle ego's

    Why would you care whether a Frenchman, or German like Lindbergh was first?! Lol

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  • Any ond care to debate the country that put the first (and to this day, only) man on the moon? LOL!!

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  • And they did it backward, in the French mode.

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