The flight of the Academy’s first 2020 meetings
The Air and Space Academy held its 184th session on Thursday, January 30, in Toulouse, in the place of remembrance “L’Envol des Pionniers”.
Welcomed by Jean-Baptiste DESBOIS, Director General of SEMECCEL, which operates the “L’Envol des Pionniers” and the City of Space, and Jean-Claude DARDELET, Vice-President of Toulouse Metropole in charge of European Affairs and International development, the Academy met in the morning for its first private session of the year.
After a luncheon held on site, in the hangar where the Salmson 2 -A2 is on display, Mr Francis GRASS, Deputy Mayor in charge of Culture at toulouse City Hall and chairman of the Toulouse Metropole Culture Commission, which played a key role in bringing the building to power. a realization of the museum, presented us the genesis of the realization of the place of memory by placing it as part of the overall development of the Montaudran area.
Then Bernard POURCHET, vice-president of the Air France Museum and honorary member of the Academy, spoke on “The beginnings of aeronautics in Toulouse Montaudran: Airlines Latecoère (1918-1927), Aeropostale (1927-1933), and the Review Centre Air France (1933-2003)”.
After the presentation made by Bernard POURCHET, Mohamed MOUFID, honorary member of the Academy, completed this intervention by pointing out that Pierre-Georges Latécoère, after negotiating the flyover of Spain with the authorities of that country, joined Rabat in March 1919, on his initiative and after consultation with Gl Lyautey, to present his project to the representative of the Sultan of Morocco in the presence of the Resident General of the French Republic in Morocco.
Finally, the members visited this legendary site dedicated to the adventure of the Latecoère/Aeropostale Airlines with fascinating “actor” guides and knowing their subject perfectly.