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E. GILBERT

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Vichy

E. Gilbert

 
 
Eugène Gilbert (1889-1918) - Aviateur.
Né à Riom, Eugène Gilbert passe son enfance à Vichy, où sa famille vient s’installer auprès de son grand-père maternel. Il est élève à l’école Carnot (aujourd’hui Sévigné-Fernand Lafaye) où il obtient son certificat d’études primaires en 1901, puis à l’école professionnelle supérieure où il découvre la mécanique. Il part ensuite pour Brioude avec sa famille. De là, il accomplit, à l’âge de douze ans, son premier raid jusqu’à Vichy sur un tricycle à pétrole. A seize ans, il entre comme metteur au point dans un garage clermontois avant d’intégrer en 1910 l’École Blériot d’Etampes où il obtient rapidement son brevet de pilote. Il effectue ensuite son service militaire dans l’aviation et bat à plusieurs reprises les records mondiaux de vitesse, de distance et de hauteur.
Il revient dans la cité thermale en 1913 à l’occasion des Fêtes Fédérales de Vichy. Ses nombreux exploits lui valent les appellations de « Roi des Ailes » (attribuée par Roland Garros) ou encore de « Pégase des Arvernes ». En 1914, mobilisé, il est affecté dans l’aviation à Dijon, aux côtés de R. Garros, notamment. Il réalise plusieurs exploits grâce auxquels il est nommé Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, avant d’être fait prisonnier en Suisse. Revenu en France après s’être évadé, il est affecté à l’essai et à la mise au point des nouveaux appareils. C’est lors de l’un de ces essais qu’il trouve la mort à Villacoublay, quelques jours après la disparition de Louis Darragon… La ville de Vichy lui dédie un monument inauguré dans le parc des Bourins, ainsi qu’une avenue dans le quartier de France.

Born in Riom, Eugene Gilbert grew up in Vichy, where his family comes to live with his maternal grandfather. He attended school Carnot (now-Sevigne Fernand Lafaye) where he obtained his primary school certificate in 1901, then the higher vocational school where he discovered the mechanism. He then went to Brioude with his family. From there, he performed at the age of twelve years, until his first raid on a tricycle Vichy oil. At sixteen, he became director developed in a garage before moving to Clermont in 1910 Bleriot Etampes School where he earned his wings rapidly. He then completed his military service in the aviation and repeatedly beat the world records for speed, distance and height.
He returns to the spa in 1913 at Federal holiday in Vichy. His many exploits earned him the names of "King of Wings" (attributed by Roland Garros) or even "Pegasus Arverni. In 1914, he was posted in aviation in Dijon, along with R. Garros, in particular. It performs several feats with which he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, before being taken prisoner in Switzerland. Returning to France after his escape, he was assigned to the testing and development of new devices. It was during one of these tests he is killed at Villacoublay, a few days after the death of Louis Darragon ... The town of Vichy inaugurated a monument dedicated to him in the park Bourin and an avenue in the district of France.


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