A love story between Paris and Jerusalem

100 years of Aviation in the Holy Land.

Israeli drone [illustrative]
Photo by: Courtesy: IAF [illustrative]
Like most children in the world, I grew up discovering, loving and playing with small airplanes. In that context, it turns out that many aviation experiences and historical facts link Israel and France. Coincidentally, I did the same journey as the French aviator Jules Védrines did 100 years ago, taking off from Nancy in Eastern France on November 20, 1913 flying through the Holy land to reach Egypt. Védrines was the first man to fly to and land in the Holy Land. His journey had many stops such as Prague, Vienna, Belgrade, Istanbul (then Constantinople), and Beirut.

Before the First World War started, while the Holy Land was still under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Jules landed with his one engine aircraft, a Blériot XI.
Jules might have known Saint Exupery, the famous author of The Little Prince, the classic fable that is still thriving in the imagination of many children. Saint Exupery was himself an aviator, but also a poet, who disappeared tragically over the Mediterranean in 1944 and is believed to have died at that time.

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