Discover the first complete edition of the memoirs of Roland Garros, record holder and French aviator renowned for his aeronautic exploits.
After a childhood spent in the sunshine of Saint-Denis in Réunion, Roland Garros became an accomplished athlete, trying his hand in particular at cycling, football, rugby and automobile racing. His passion for aviation came about as a young adult, when he attended the “Grande Semaine d’Aviation de la Champagne”.
At the age of 24, he was the first man to fly non-stop across the Mediterranean, in a Morane-Saulnier monoplane equipped with an 80 hp Gnome engine and a Chauvière propeller.
A fighter pilot in the First World War, Roland Garros was killed in aerial combat in October 1918 near Vouziers.
Mémoires followed by Journal de guerre by Roland Garros. Editions Phébus. 430 pages, €23.