Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900 - 1944)🇫🇷
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and aviator.
His love for aviation began during his military service in 1922, then he became one of the pioneers of international postal flight when he was engaged in 1926 by the company Latécoère (then Aéropostale). On September 1929, he joined Jean Mermoz and Henri Guillaumet in South America, to contribute to the development of Aeropostale.
At the same time, his career as an aviator and journalist was about to begin. Inspired by his aviator experiences, he wrote his firsts short stories, L’Aviateur (The Aviator) and Courrier Sud (Southern Mail). The 1931 publication of Vol de nuit (Night Flight) established Saint-Exupéry as a rising star in the literary world. From 1932 Saint-Exupéry devoted himself to journalism and air raids.
The Little Prince (1943) is the most famous book of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This tale full of charm and humanity quickly became a huge success. The story begins with a pilot being marooned in the desert, is, in part, a reference a crash experience he had in 1935 in the Lybian Desert, where he experienced hallucinations cause by dehydration.
At the outbreak of war, he joined the French Air Force, flying reconnaissance missions until France's armistice with Germany in 1940. After being demobilised from the French Air Force, he naturally became one of the voices of the Resistance.
In April 1943, even though he was considered too old for plane fights by the Allies, he resumed active service in aviation in Tunisia.
He disappeared over the Mediterranean on a reconnaissance mission on July 31, 1944. The mystery still hangs over the death of the aviator…💨✈️ For Antoine de Saint-Exupéry we chose the Vaponaute 24’s flavor, Night Flight, in memory of his wonderful book.
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