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French Monuments: Beuvais - R-101 * Allonne - R-101 * Saint Cloud * Neuilly-sur-Seine * Neuilly-sur-Seine (14-bis) * Neuilly-Santos-Dumont *  Paris  * Pierrefeu-du-Var

There are a number of monuments in France dedicated to the the British R-101 which crashed while passing through France in 1930, to the early work of Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont, and to the French "Dixmude".

Beuvais - Crash site of the British R-101:

It's one of the most well-known disasters of any kind, the unfortunate crash of the British R-101 on 5 Oct, 1930 on a rushed trip to India. The story is heartbreaking yet fascinating, and is amply covered in books and on the Internet. You are encouraged to read her story.

R-101

Photo credit: Aerofilms: A History of Britain from Above

R-101 Crash Location

Photo credit: Google Earth

The map-tack is at (Lat Lon) 49.390698 002.11068, about 39 Miles North of Paris. When zooming in on the Google-Earth map-tack we find the brush is still cleared at the crash site! Why? See the photo following this one:

R-101 Crash Location - close up

Photo credit: Google Earth

There is a marker there! Deep in the brush, evidently on private land, but kept clear by the land-owner! It is evident that a path or paths are maintained to the marker:

R-101 crash site marker

The location in Google Maps:

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Allonne - Monument to the British R-101:

Near the town of Allonne, there is a great memorial, dedicated on the crash anniversary in 1933. Here is the newspaper clipping for the dedication:

Allonne Memorial

Photo credit: Undetermined

Here is the memorial as depicted on a post card at the time:

Memorial Post Card

Photo credit: Undetermined

And as it appeared just a few years ago, 2019:

Memorial

Photo credit: Google Maps

This beautiful memorial is located at (Lat Lon) 49.404463 002.121920 along Route Nationale 1. Sadly, there is no apparent parking near the memorial, and it appears all but forgotten and hard to access to view.

The location in Google Maps:

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Saint Cloud - Monument to Alberto Santos-Dumont:

In the town of Saint Cloud, west of the Seine and west of Paris is a wonderful dedication to Alberto Santos-Dumont who, in the early 1900's chose the Paris area to conduct his experiments in lighter-than-air and ultimately in heavier-than-air aviation.

Saint Cloud - Santos-Dumont statue

Photo credit: Undetermined

The pedestal is the original but the bronze statue of Icarus is a reproduction as the original was destroyed and melted down by the Germans during WW II. There is a photo of Santos-Dumont himself standing next to this statue which honors him. The inscription reads: "THIS MONUMENT HAS BEEN ERECTED BY THE AEROCLUB OF FRANCE TO CELEBRATE THE EXPERIENCES OF SANTOS-DUMONT, PIONEER OF AIR LOCOMOTION".

Saint Cloud - Santos-Dumont statue w/Santos-Dumont Himself

Photo credit: Public domain

This beautiful dedication is located at (Lat Lon) 48.856815 002.220032.

The location in Google Maps:

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Neuilly-sur-Seine - Dedications to Alberto Santos-Dumont:

Alberto Santos-Dumont arranged for different locations in the Paris area to conduct his experiments in flight. At Neuilly-sur-Seine there exists a couple of citations to Santos-Dumont. One, honors his achievement in the first flight of his "14-bis" airplane, the other marking the location of his residence and workshop/hangar.

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Neuilly-sur-Seine - Monument to the 14-bis.

(This is, of course, not an airship monument, but it is about Santos-Dumont):

Neuilly-sur-Seine 14-bis monument

Photo credit: Undetermined

This monument is located at (Lat Lon) 48.868044 002.240111.

The location in Google Maps:

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Neuilly-sur-Seine - Marker of Santos-Dumont residence/workshop/hangar.

Neuilly-sur-Seine Santos-Dumont marker

Photo credit: Philippe Jegousse

This monument is located at (Lat Lon) 48.880688 002.251722.

The location in Google Maps:

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Paris - Marker of Santos-Dumont Residence.

Plaque identifying Santos-Dumont Residence, Paris

Photo credit: Undetermined

This monument is located at (Lat Lon) 48.872086 002.301169.

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Pierrefeu-du-Var - Monument the LZ-114 "Dixmude".

On December 21, 1923, the Dixmude was destroyed in a storm off the Island of Sicily. Fifty men, crew and passengers lost their lives. The people of Pierrefeu, France collectively raised enough money to build a monument to the memory of the Dixmude and her crew and passengers. The monument was inaugurated on 22 May, 1927.

Plaque identifying Santos-Dumont Residence, Paris

Photo credit: collioure59, Panoramio

This monument is located at (Lat Lon) 43.227802 006.143187.

The location in Google Maps:

See also the monument to the Dixmude in the "Italy" page in the Monuments menu.

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