From May 26 to October 5, 2018, the “Espace Air Passion” museum in Angers is paying tribute to the aviator Roland Garros.
Better known to the public through the Parisian tennis stadium named after him than for his aeronautical exploits, Garros nevertheless influenced both civil and military aviation history. For the centenary of his death, the museum has devoted an exhibition to this multifaceted man: he was a racing pilot, fighter pilot and inventor of a firing synchronization device.
In 1910, newly graduated from HEC, he joined the aircraft manufacturer Morane-Saulnier, first as a salesman, then as a test pilot for the manufacturer. On September 23, 1913, at the controls of his Morane-Saulnier H, the young pilot gained fame when he took off from Fréjus in the south of France to make the first non-stop solo flight across the Mediterranean.
This exhibition is made up of a series of 10 historical display boards, dioramas displaying the aircraft in which the aviator flew before and during the First World War, as well as a model of the firing synchronization device designed by Garros.
Practical information: from May 26 to October 5, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in July/August).