Elie Buge, The Wings of Monédières (Les ailes des Monédières), the biographical novel published by Editions Les Monédières – and the first book by author Stéphanie Caldemaison, a conservation assistant at Archives Départementales de la Corrèze – recounts the life of Elie Buge, an emblematic figure in the history of French aviation.
When Elie Buge was born into a family of farmers in a rural area of France, there was nothing to suggest that he would not only become a pilot, but be the first French non-commissioned officer to break the sound barrier. A distinguished test pilot at Dassault Aviation, Elie Buge was also one of the first French pilots to fly a jet aircraft.
At the age of 18, he knew that he would dedicate his life to the world of aeronautics, and registered more than 1,000 hours of flight time on the Mirage III.With a preface by François Patier, a general in the French Air Force and fighter pilot, this book retraces the incredible life of Elie Buge, a true knight of the sky who received the Legion of Honor, France’s Military Medal and Aeronautical Medal, and the French military award for combat in foreign operational theaters (Croix de guerre TOE).
You can also learn more about the life of Elie Buge in our biography (passion section).