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Gaston Caudron

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Gaston Caudron ( -1915).

1915 'It is with the greatest regret that one learns of the accident which caused the death of Lieutenant Gaston Caudron. Reliable information regarding details of the accident is not available, so that at present it is only possible to state that according to reports, Caudron was testing a new machine and had been flying for about a quarter of an hour when the machine turned over, and Caudron and his two passengers are said to have been killed instantly. It is always hazardous to venture a guess without knowing all the facts of the case, but it seems probable that the inclement weather conditions may have been responsible.

In Gaston Caudron, who, with his brother Rene, was the designer of the highly successful machines bearing his name, France loses not only a clever designer and constructor, but a pilot of more than average ability. Indeed, the loss is not only France's but Britain's as well, seeing that the British Caudron Co are building machines under licence and that therefore the original drawings emanate from the French Caudron works'. [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Flight magazine of 17th December 1915