The true identity of "Edmond"

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The true identity of "Edmond"

Postby Anders » Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:09 pm

I have modified the Cannes pages by adding the name Edmond Morelle, the true name of the pilot "Edmond". He raced both cars and airplanes under pseudonym, as was allowed by both federations, and his real name has only been found out recently through a cooperation of automobile and aviation enthusiasts. You can find out more through this thread on the "Aerodrome" Forum!

In E.J. Lassalle's book "Les 100 premiers aviateurs brevetés du monde et la naissance de l'aviation", which is the most well-known summary of the early French flyers, it was stated that Morelle lost all contact with the aviation world after qualifying for "Brevet" No. 35 on 8 March 1910...

And I have another similar identification to announce soon...

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Re: The true identity of "Edmond"

Postby Anders » Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:31 pm

And here's the proof:

See this page of the Orléans newspaper "Journal du Loiret", 17-18 January 1910:

Aéro-Club du Centre
L'aviateur Edmond Morelle
Un des membres de l' Aéro-Club du Centre, M. Edmond Morelle, vient de prendre livraison, aux usines du camp de Châlons, d'un aéroplane Farman.
On sait que M. Morelle, qui depuis près de deux ans est notre concitoyen, eut une part brillante, glorieuse même, dans le sport des grandes courses automobiles. Champion des Darracq dans Paris-Berlin, dans Paris-Vienne où il se classa second, puis dans la tragique Paris-Madrid, il courut ensuite les circuits d' Auvergne et de la Sarthe, ainsi qu'Henri Farman, dans l'équipe Renault frères.
Aussi, c'est au volant d'un biplan Henri Farman, moteur Renault, que le nouvel aviateur vient de faire ses débuts, excellents, du reste. Car, à sa troisième sortie, l'habile pilote réalisa un vol de vingt minutes, au cours duquel il revint toutefois effleurer la terre; le lendemain, il réussissait un autre beau vol de dix minutes consécutives! C'est donc bientôt, certainement, que M. Edmond Morelle pourra, comme il le désire, effectuer à l'étranger de sensationelles et fructueuses envolées. Nous le lui souhaitons de tout cœur, ainsi que le prendre place alors, comme son coéquipier d'autrefois Henri Farman, parmi les "Rois de l' Air".

or, with some help of automatic translation:
Aéro-Club du Centre
The Aviator Edmond Morelle
A member of the Aéro-Club du Centre, Mr. Edmond Morelle, has just taken delivery at the factories of Chalons, of a Farman airplane.
We know that Mr. Morelle, who since nearly two years lives in our town, had a brilliant part, glorious even, in the sport of the automobile races. Darracq's champion in Paris-Berlin, Paris-Vienna, where he placed second, and in the tragic Paris-Madrid, he then competed in the circuits of Auvergne and Sarthe, like Henri Farman in the team Renault Frères.
Also, it is driving an Henri Farman biplane, with Renault engine, that the new Aviator made his excellent debut. For his third flight, the skilled pilot realized a flight of twenty minutes, during which he however touched the ground; the next day he managed another beautiful flight of ten consecutive minutes! So it's almost certainly Mr. Edmond Morelle may, as he desires, perform sensational and successful flights abroad. We wish him with all our heart, that he can take a place, like his teammate of old Henri Farman, among the "Kings of the Air".

Cheers,
Anders


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