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The South-American
Epic Tale of Aeropostale

Between 1918 and 1933, a handful of determined men brought to life the Latécoère Company, later known as the Aéropostale General Company, which finally gave birth to Air France in 1933.

At the price of numerous efforts and gaging their own life, they simultaneously tested new aircrafts and open ed new routes across the world, placing the ground stones of civil aviation as we know it today.

In June 1930, Henri Guillaumet disappeared while attempting to fly over the Andean Belt, on board of the Potez 25 F-AJDZ.

Saint-Exupéry, who has been named ”Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” for Civil Aviation since April 7th, was part of the search team from June 13th to 20th, and brought back Guillaumet to Buenos Aires on board of a Potez 29, once they had found him.

L'avion de GuillaumetGuillaumet, after a forced landing in the mountains, the ”white hell”, had managed to get back to civilization after six exhausting days of walking in the cold and the snow.

This incredible resistance of man, generated by hope only, made Guillaumet prononce this sentence, repeated by Antoine later on, and famous today: ”What I have done, no animal could have done”.

This accident which could very well have ended dramatically, acknowledged the difficulty of establishing the route to San tiago, Chili, and remains to this day one of the major symbols of the Aéropostale adventure.

”The mail must get through!”

See also :

The Aeropostale's History - From Latecoere to the Aeropostale 

Saint-Exupéry: le passage de la Cordillère des Andes 

Les pionniers de l’aviation et la grande aventure de l’Aéropostale 

Los pioneros del correo aereo : Henry Guillaumet 

WINGS OF COURAGE" : Je krijgt het er koud van