Toulouse. Did you know ? For 35 years, you could see a tomb near the runways of this airport
By Thibaut Calatayud
It is a story that is not known. And it’s a pity, so surprising is the anecdote! In 1972, the coffin of Didier Daurat, one of the pioneers of French aviationwas installed in a tomb near the tracks of Toulouse-Montaudran airport.
His wish comes true a few years after his death
Former airline operations manager Latécoère then someAeropostale died following a long illness, on December 2, 1969. His funeral took place on December 6, at the Saint-Sernin basilica.
Before dying, he had made a vow to be buried on the edge of the airport integrated in 1917, under the aegis of Pierre-Georges Latécoere. It took a little time, but his wish came true on April 21, 1972.
What is Aeropostale?
Toulouse and aviation. It is a long love story that has lasted for decades. Before the creation of Airbus, the Pink City was also known to host the Aéropostale.
Between 1927 and 1933, this legendary airline delivered mail and transported passengers between Europe, Africa and America. The Compagnie Générale Aéropostale – this is the full name of Aéropostale – had settled at Toulouse – Montaudran airport.
The grave removed in 2007
For 35 years, we could therefore see the tomb of Didier Daurat from the airport which closed its doors in 2003.
The tomb was finally removed in September 2007 to allow the construction of transformation of the Montaudran district.
The coffin and the remains of the man who had been a fighter pilot during the First World War were transferred to the family vault at Marseilles (mouths of the Rhone).
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