Pégoud the Celebrity
and the achievements of audacity.
It is a Frenchman again who has startled the world by a new audacity. It was the shout of "Vive la France!" which was the loudest greeting to Adolphe Pégoud when at Brooklands he made his upside-down flights and exhibited his miracle of pluck three thousand feet above the earth.
For the past
fifteen years or so France has given the lie to those who accused her of
national decadence. Her sons were the pioneers of the motor-car industry,
the makers of the most beautiful and delicate engines, and, in the races
which demonstrated their speed and power, the most daring and reckless
· Airships · Zeppelins
· Santos-Dumont · Farman
· Wrights in France · The
Channel · Rheims · London