BARON PIERRE DE CATERS (
Berchem , 25 December 1875 –
Paris , 21
March 1944) was a Belgian adventurer , aviator and car and motorboat
racer . He was the first Belgian to fly an aircraft in 1908.
Voisin de Caters the Antwerp Aviation Week 1909.
He was also the first Belgian to receive a pilot license from the
Belgian air club on 2 December 1909 and received a gold medal for the
first kilometer in the same year. He was the first aircraft
Belgium and the first instructor of the military
aviation. He also took part in car and motorboat races in
France. Briefly in 1904, he held the
World Land Speed Record
World Land Speed Record , driving
Mercedes Simplex at 97.25 mph. over a 1 km. course on a beach in
Ostend , Belgium. In
World War I
World War I he joined the Belgian military
aviation, commanding the flying school of
* 1 Journey to India
* 2 See also
* 3 References
* 4 External links
JOURNEY TO INDIA
On 16 November 1910, de Caters embarked to India with two Aviator
airplanes. He was accompanied by Jules Tyck , another Belgian pilot.
Replica in the Royal Military Museum (Brussels) of the Voisin de
The city of
Bombay refused the organization of an aviation meeting.
Then the two airmen traveled to
Calcutta with their aircraft crated.
In Calcutta, de Caters flew several times from the Club of Tollygunge
. On 21 December, he flew for 27 minutes with Mrs. Sen Beil, sister of
Cooch Behar as passenger. One of the Aviators was
damaged by fire. On 2 February 1911, de Caters and Tyck flew in
Bangalore . They were received by the
Mysore . From
16–18 February, Pierre flew from
Secunderabad in the Hyderabad state
. The Indian tour was completed and
Pierre de Caters
Pierre de Caters returned to
Europe. A little later
Aviator was dissolved and the baron would not
take part in competitions any more.
1906 Targa Florio
1906 Targa Florio
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