Did you know that the world’s second smallest country played a significant role in the European aviation?

 December 5, 2018

1913 - Aviation in Monaco | © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com



One can say that the Principality is full of mysteries and legends that can be true. Living in our era it is difficult to imagine that the tiny country of Monaco was one of the main pioneers of aviation in Europe.
A country without any airport, and not even the possibility to make a runway, led the European aviation scene in many ways, and held the most innovative aviation shows where inventors could try to present and share their latest airplanes.

Everything started with Prince Albert I of Monaco back in 1908 when the French municipal leader Camille Blanc suggested to the ruling Prince to organize a major flying competition in the Principality of Monaco.

1910 - Aviation in Monaco | © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM via SignatureDishesOfMonaco.com

Blanc had multiple interests in the Principality of Monaco and he was for many years President of the Société-des-Bains-de-Mer, of Monte-Carlo, and took a leading part in the administration of the Monte-Carlo Casino.

As a founding mayor of the French city of Beausoleil (1904 to 1925) which lies just on the border of the Principality, Blanc had multiple times suggested to improve the scene of Monaco until he became Persona non grata in Monaco.

In 1911, Henri Fabre the French aviator and the inventor of the first successful seaplane, flew over the Port of Monaco in his seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion. Fabre’s success inspired the whole aviation world, which later made transatlantic flights possible.

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