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Leon Delagrange

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1909. Delagrange No 5.
1909. Dealagrange flying his Voisin machine.
1909. Delagrange with Therese Peltier.

Léon Delagrange (1870 - January 4, 1910) was a French aviator; also a sculptor.

He was born at Orléans and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

As a sculptor, he is known for several notable works, especially "Florentine Page", "A Templar", "Love and Youth", "A Huguenot", and "Girl Dancers."

1907 He was president of the Aéro-Club de France.

In September, 1908, a year after his first flight in an aëroplane, he established a record of 15.2 miles in 29 minutes, 53 seconds.

In 1909 he received the Lagatiner prize at Juvisy (3.6 miles in 10 minutes, 18 seconds), made a sensational flight in a storm at Doncaster, England, on October 17 established a world record (6 miles in 7 minutes, 36 seconds), and in December made a new monoplane record.

In 1909 was decorated with the order of the Legion of Honor.

In 1910 received a medal from the Paris Academy of Sciences.

In 1910 he was killed in an accident with his monoplane at Croix d'Hins near to Bordeaux.

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