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L'oiseau blanc - The White Bird

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Hidden : 4/28/2013
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Terrain:
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[FRANCAIS]
L'Oiseau blanc est un avion biplan qui a disparu le 8 mai 1927 avec ses deux pilotes, les Français Charles Nungesser et François Coli, lors de la première tentative de traversée aérienne de l'océan Atlantique Nord sans escale entre Paris et New York. Moins de deux semaines après leur disparition, l'Américain Charles Lindbergh est le premier à réussir cette traversée, mais dans l'autre sens, à bord du Spirit of St. Louis.

La disparition de l'Oiseau blanc est considérée comme l'un des plus grands mystères de l'histoire de l'aviation. De nombreuses hypothèses ont circulé sur le sort de l'appareil et de ses deux aviateurs, mais la plus communément admise est qu'ils ont été pris dans un grain ou dans le brouillard et précipités dans l'océan. Toutefois, plusieurs enquêtes effectuées à partir des années 1980 laissent supposer que l'Oiseau blanc aurait atteint Terre-Neuve et se serait écrasé sur cette île, ou vers Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon ou encore près de la côte du Maine, aux États-Unis.

L'Oiseau blanc a laissé un important héritage : il est évoqué dans quelques films, chansons et musées. De nombreuses rues, en France, portent les noms de Nungesser ou Coli. Une statue ainsi qu'un mémorial ont été érigés à l'aéroport Paris-Le Bourget, leur point de départ, et à Étretat, où ils ont été aperçus pour la dernière fois depuis la France.

De votre discrétion et de votre façon de recamoufler cette cache dépendent sa survie.


[ENGLISH]
L'Oiseau Blanc ("The White Bird") was a French Levasseur PL.8 biplane, that disappeared in 1927, during an attempt to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight between Paris and New York. The aircraft was flown by French World War I aviation heroes, Charles Nungesser and François Coli, who were attempting to win the USD $25,000 Orteig Prize for the flight, but the aircraft disappeared after its 8 May 1927 takeoff from Paris. Two weeks later, Charles Lindbergh successfully made the New York–Paris journey and claimed the prize, flying the Spirit of St. Louis.

The disappearance of L'Oiseau Blanc is considered one of the great mysteries in the history of aviation. Many rumors circulated about the fate of the aircraft and crew, with mainstream opinion at the time being that the aircraft was probably lost in a squall over the Atlantic. Investigations starting in the 1980s suggest that the aircraft probably reached Newfoundland, and may have crashed in Maine.

The disappearance of Nungesser and Coli has an extensive legacy, and is referred to in many films and museums. A street in Paris is named after the aviators, and a commemorative postage stamp was issued in 1967. A statue at the Paris Le Bourget Airport honors the attempted flight, and there is a memorial on the cliffs of Étretat, from where their aircraft was last seen in France.

This cache's survival depends on your discretion and your ability to hide it back efficiently.


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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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