Rally Toulouse – Saint-Louis: two young FTEJerez drivers decide to follow in the footsteps of Saint-Exupéry
Anne-Charlotte Flament and Maxime Michaud, currently at the FTE Jerez aviation school, decided to make a dream come true. Browse the Toulouse-Tarfaya stage of the longest air rally in the world to pay tribute to the explorers of airmail. They will start the race on May 26, 2022, for a rally that should last 8 days.
The history of the Toulouse – Saint-Louis rally:
It is the oldest and longest rally in the world, following in the footsteps of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the history of Aéropostale. More than 1000 pilots have already taken part in this adventure. A journey of more than 10,000 kilometers, flying over countries such as Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal. In September 1919, the pilot Didier Daurat flew from Toulouse towards Rabat, and thus opened the air mail link between the two cities. In 1925, the line was extended and mail could be transported to Senegal. A year later, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was hired by Didier Daurat, and joined Toulouse airport to transport mail between Toulouse and Dakar. Saint-Exupéry will be one of the pioneers of airmail, he will improve during missions the relations of his company with the Moorish and Spanish dissidents. He contributed to the development of Aeropostale as far as Patagonia. He will make known his life and his adventures in books like South mail we night flight which will be a huge success. Nearly 100 years later, aviation enthusiasts will pursue the dreams of the Aéropostale adventurers and will take off from Toulouse to take part in the 39th edition of the rally.
Anne-Charlotte and Maxime’s project:
Leaving for 8 days, in a small plane, for two, over the sea or the desert. Carry out flights with reduced visibility, much longer flights than they are used to. Cross Morocco in almost a day. anne charlotte a former Air France industrie engineer and his teammate Maxime, a former professional firefighter from Paris, both in aviation school in Spain, aim to complete the Toulouse-Tarfaya stage, a journey that should last 8 days, and thus fly in the footsteps of the adventurers they admire. They also wish during their travels to support an association like Petit Prince or Aviation Sans Frontière. When they arrive in Tarfaya in Morocco, they would like to bring protective masks against Covid-19, medicines, medical equipment, or even deliver basic necessities for children. They would like to bring some children back to France to help them discover the sensation of flying. This beautiful project obviously needs funding, if the two pilots are competent at their school to lend them a plane and sponsor part of their project, they are always looking for associations or companies ready to follow them and help them achieve this adventure. The two French airmen pre-selected by the organization of the Toulouse – Saint-Louis rally just have to find the full funding for this great project. In order to take place on the starting grid and fly in the footsteps of Saint-Exupéry.
If you can contribute to this project, you can contact Anne-Charlotte and Maxime at this email address: [email protected]