Le ciel est à elles

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Documentary (March 2021)

Suliane Brahim (speakerin)

How three of the most famous first French women (Adrienne Bolland, Marie-Louise Bombec (knwon as Maryse Bastié) and Hélène Boucher) were determined to become a pilot. In which did they share the same goal despite three lifes and fates very different ? First, Adrienne who got female pilot licence "12 bis" and was the first woman to fly over the Andes between Chile and Argentina the first of April, 1921 ...

Unidentified Rotary Engine

A seven-cylinder rotary engine on test.


Passing test at the end of the assembly line.


Avro 616 Avian IVM

Reg. G-ABIE Avro 616 Avian IVM c/n 491 of Hélène Boucher.


Caudron C.51

Reg. F-AIBL Caudron C-51 c/n 46.


Seen again at 19'47.

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Handley Page H.P.45

(right background) Reg. G-AAXC Heracles c/n 42/5 or G-AAXD Horatius ? Both are of Imperial Airways and already seen on IMPDB ...


Unidentified Nieuport


Caudron Type A


Caudron Type C


Breguet 14


Caudron G.3


Morane-Saulnier G


Unidentified Aircraft


Maurice Farman MF.11 ?

Élisa Léontine Deroche (usual : Baroness Raymonde de Laroche after her meeting with Tsar Nicholas II) at the controls of a Maurice Farman MF.11.
She became the world's first licensed female pilot on 8 March 1910. Dead on 18 July 1919 in a air accident when she was a passenger.


Unidentified Push Aircraft


Caudron G.3

Reg. F-AFDC Caudron G.3 c/n 2551 seen again at 6'10.


Another one seen at 5'31.

Adrienne Bolland.

Reg. F-A?F? ... (maybe F-ABFY)


Nieuport 21


Farman MF.11

Filmed from a Maurice Farman MF.7 (or a close derivative), a French Aéronautique militaire airfield with several Maurice Farman MF.11.


... and some Nieuport (?) fighter/trainer.


Unidentified Aircraft

Fokker Eindecker or Morane-Saulnier G (or H ?) ?


Maurice Farman MF.7

Former shot showing a flock of sheep was filmed from such aircraft.


Astra-Torès & Breguet 14

Non-rigid Astra-Torres airship seen during an air show at Buc Aviation / Aéroparc Louis Blériot, Buc (near Versailles, so at 20 km south-west of Paris, France). Maybe the Aéronautique Navale (French Naval Aviation) Astra-Torès AT-19 on 10 October 1920 at the private Blériot airfield.


Nieuport 17 & Breguet 14

Shot at Buc Aviation / Aéroparc Louis Blériot. The fate of this airfield was close to the Blériot-Aéronautique company which came to an end in the mid-1930s. Used by the Luftwaffe during the German military administration in occupied France during World War II, the airfield was the base of some troop carrier squadron of the USAAF in 1945. Then, too close to more active air base, it was limited to non public traffic (helicopter trials [end of 1940s] and ALAT base [until mid 1960s]) before final closure. This is now a public park.

The main building (erased before WW2).

Blériot Bl-75 & Blériot XI-2

The only four engine Blériot Bl-75 airliner behind a type XI-2 (with PEGOUD ? written on the under surface).


Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29V

One of the three lightweight racer developed in 1919 with a wingspan reduced to 6 meters, powered by a 240 kW (320 hp) Hispano-Suiza 8Fb engine.


Caudron G.3


Breguet 14T

Despite captioned "Le p'tit Caudron de la Victoire" (the small Caudron of the Victory), this drawing is about a Breguet 14 with a front close passenger place.


Unidentified Aircraft


Unidentified Latécoère Aircraft

Reg. F-AJ??


Louis Bastié, the husband of Maryse, a former WWI pilot who lost life in an air accident just some years after their wedding.

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Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29

René Fonck in front of a Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29.

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Nieuport X.B

Unidentified French pilot near a Nieuport X.B.

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Martin NBS-1

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Various Aircraft

24-30 December 1908 : 1er salon international de l'Aéronautique.
The white airship is over the Clément-Bayard exposition in front of a black Continental/Hutchinson (Astra in France) balloon. In the background, the other airship is over the Renault expoisition.

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First ‘Exposition Internationale de la Locomotion Aérienne’ (Salon de l’Aviation), Grand Palais, Paris, 25 September - 17 October 1909.
1 - Farman Biplane
2 - Antoinette
3 - Blériot XI
4 - scale down replica of Montgolfière Le Réveillon

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Instructional Airframe

Nieuport ?

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Farman F.60 Goliath

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Caudron G.3

On 19 January 1919 Jules Védrines succeeded in landing a Caudron G.3 on the 28 metres (92 ft) by 12 metres (39 ft) roof of the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris.

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Caudron C.109

Reg. F-AHFE Caudron C-109 first of 14 built. Advertising of Maryse Bastié given her first flight to Miss Paris.

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Aircraft seen again at 23'18 and 23'41.

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Caudron C.27

Reg. F-AGAP Caudron C-27 c/n 7 owned by Adrienne Bolland who set a women's record in it when she completed 212 consecutive loops.

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Blériot Bl-105

Unidentified airplane in the background (between the hats).

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Dewoitine D.1 Ter

Reg. F-AHAZ Dewoitine D.1 Ter c/n 111.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).

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F-AHAZ between two French roundels (not O letter).
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Caudron C-127

Reg. F-AGAP Caudron C-127 c/n 7.

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Caudron C-60

Reg. F-AGAH Caudron C-60 c/n 5537.22.

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Morane-Saulier M.S.51 (or 53 ?)

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Caudron G.3

Adrienne Bolland in front of Caudron G.3 registered F-TAMB. The blurred background aircraft is unidentified.

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Unidentified Aircraft

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Morane-Saulnier MS.406

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Potez 390

Production line of Potez 390 (or a derivative airframe : Potez 39 or Potez 43).

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Breguet 14

François Coli who was the navigator of Charles Nungesser in their unsuccessfull trial to cross the Atlantic ocean, few days before Lindbergh's one.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).

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Levasseur PL 8-01 L'Oiseau Blanc

Levasseur PL.8 biplane in the morning of 8 May 1927, during the attempt to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight between Paris and New York.

Same footage seen in other movies - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).

Takeoff from Le Bourget at 05:21.

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.154 Argosy

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.154 Argosy with several unidentified airplanes on the right. Action shot at Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget and already seen in 1914-2014 Le Bourget terre d'envol.

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Breguet 19 GR Super Bidon n°3 Point d'interrogation

Takeoff of the first successfull flight Paris-New-York in 1930 (September 1st/3rd).
Same aircraft seen in another movie at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).


Klemm L 25a1

Reg. D-1816 Klemm L 25a1 c/n 179 with a Salmson 9Ad engine.
Aircraft owned and christened Trottinette by Maryse Bastié. Used for setting a world record of non stop flight (37h55 on 2 - 4 September 1930).
Later sold on January 1932 and registered TS-AAF.

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Name Trottinette (bottom left).
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Farman F.40

Maybe Reg. F-AHMF Farman F.40 c/n 6828 used by Farman for promotional / memory flight.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).

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Morane-Saulnier MS.234/2

1 - Unidentified Aircraft;
2 - Morane-Saulnier MS.234/2 (reg. F-AJTP) of Michel Détroyat;
3 - Unidentified Aircraft;

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Michel Détroyat and Hélène Boucher.

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Unidentified Aircraft

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Dewoitine D.27

Marcel Doret at the controls of one of his private Dewoitine D.27.

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Fieseler F2 Tiger

Reg. D-2200 Fieseler F2 Tiger of Gerhard Fieseler. On several meeting, G. Fieseler and Michel Détroyat did challenge in two times, the second one at the controls of the aircraft of his adversary.

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Unidentified Aircraft

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Farman F.291

Reg. F-ALUI Farman F.291 c/n 7335.4 christened Joe II with the celeb pilot woman Maryse Hilsz.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).

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Bréguet Br-27.S

Reg. F-AKFM Joe III Breguet Br-27.S. The only Breguet 27.S built (Breguet 330 N°2 modified). With this aircraft, Maryse Hilsz accompanied by the mechanic Prax took off from Paris on January 26, 1934. After passing through Calcutta on February 10, Saigon on the 17th, Hanoi on the 26th, she landed in Tokyo on March 6. On the way back she flew from Saigon to Paris in 5 days and 10 hours.

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Potez 58

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Comper CLA.7 Swift

Reg. F-AOTP Comper CLA.7 Swift c/n S.33/2.

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Caudron C.230

Reg. F-ALDG Caudron C.230 c/n 6535.4.

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Farman F.230 Family (?)

Reg. F-AM?? with Hélène Boucher boarding.
F-AMQR Farman F-239 (c/n 7372.1) or F-AMQS Farman F-193 (c/n 7373.5) ?

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Morane-Saulnier MS.221

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Morane-Saulnier MS.230

Maybe F-AJ(NK ?) Morane-Saulnier MS-230 c/n 55.
Again, Michel Détroyat and Hélène Boucher talking together.

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SNCAN Stampe SV4

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Morane-Saulnier MS.234/2

Reg. F-AJTP seen during a landing of Michel Détroyat.

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Caudron C-60

Reg. F-AJSK Caudron C-60 c/n 6490.56 (seen again at 37'55)

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Caudron C.282/8 Phalène

Reg. F-AMMU Caudron C-282/8 Phalène c/n 6818.41

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Morane-Saulnier MS.230

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Fieseler F2 Tiger

Reg. D-2200 Fieseler F2 Tiger.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Aviation competition between German Vera Von Bissing and French Hélène Boucher at a meeting of aerial acrobatics on October 8, 1933 in Villacoublay, France.

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Caudron C-60

Reg. F-AJSK Caudron C-60 c/n 6490.56 seen in the foreground of Maryse Bastié landing back from her record flight Paris-Uhring, near Moscow, USSR (July 1931).

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Caudron C.109

Reg. F-AISC Caudron C-109/1 c/n 6194.

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Potez 58

Reg. F-ANDS Potez 58 c/n 3620.

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Potez 25

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Potez 58

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Reg. F-AMRA Potez 58.0 c/n 3488

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Caudron C.460

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Caudron C.430 'Rafale'

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Caudron C.450

Caudron C.450 c/n 6910.

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Same aircraft in other movies at Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).
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Caudron C.660

Race number 9 for the Caudron C.660 c/n 1/6931 (as seen at the 1935 Grand-Prix de l'Aéro-Club de France).

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Unidentified Aircraft

Percival Mew Gull ?

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Caudron C.430 'Rafale'

Reg. F-AMVB Caudron C-430 c/n 6886.2.

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Crash of Hélène Boucher on November, 30 1934 at the controls of the same aircraft.

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XIV Salon de l'aviation (14th Paris Aeronautical Salon) - 1935

Caudron Phalène & Category:Morane-Saulnier MS.225

With a twin engine Farman F-431 in the background.

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Lioré et Olivier LeO H-242

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Various Aircraft

(from rear to front) :
Reg. D-AQAR Junkers Ju52/3mho c/n 4055;
'in flight' Caudron C.450 #13 (of Maurice Arnoux winner of the 1934 Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe) over a Caudron C.635 Simoun;
Morane-Saulnier MS. 225 (right, hidden by the pyramid);
F-ANNT Breguet 670T (?) designed by Michel Wibault (so sometimes named Bréguet-Wibault 670).

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Potez 25

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Blériot 5190 Santos-Dumont

She had made 38 crossings of the South Atlantic (February 1935 to June 1937) for mail flight.

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Caudron C.630 Simoun

Reg. F-ANRP Caudron C.630 Simoun c/n 7018.14.

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Reg. F-ANXM Caudron C-635 Simoun c/n 7090.14 manned by Maryse Bastié in December 1936 for the first solo flight over South Atlantic by a woman. Used later in January 1937 by Marcel Doret and François Micheletti for a raid Le Bourget – Hanoi (71 flight hours).

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Unidentified Aircraft

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To illustrate the crossing of the Pot-au-noir (Doldrums), the Simoun looks like a Fokker F.VII ...

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Caudron C.635 Simoun

Reg. F-ANXD Caudron C-635 Simoun c/n 7081.13.

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Wibault 283T

Reg. F-AM?? one of the first five Wibault 283T built. Flying for Air France.

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