Jorge Chavez is considered in Peru, the country where I was born, a hero for being the first man who attempted to fly across the Alps. Although he didn’t manage to meet his objective because his Blériot XI crashed upon landing, the bravery and courage he exhibited while he was alive were determinants to his career success. Therefore, in the present paper, I intend to highlight Chavez aeronautical achievements and, likewise, explain how he became fascinated in aviation.
Jorge Chavez, a Peruvian Born in Paris
Jorge Chavez Dartnell was born on June 13, 1887 in Paris, France. His parents, Don Manuel Chavez and Maria Rosa Moreyra Dartnell y Guisse, were forced to migrate to Europe due to the war fought in 1879 between Chile and Peru. Chavez wasn’t born in Peru, but his parents agreed to register him at the Peruvian Consulate in Paris as a Peruvian citizen born abroad. “Yo soy Peruano”, he told people who asked his nationality: “I am Peruvian.” Since childhood, Chavez excelled as an athlete and, at the same time, demonstrated to be a responsible and disciplined person. When he finished high school, he decided to major in Engineering, and therefore, enrolled at the Violet School in Paris. Furthermore, the first powered flight by the Brazilian Santos Dumont on October 23, 1906 arose in Jorge Chavez the desire not only to produce but also to fly airplanes. Since he had become increasingly interested in aviation, as soon as he graduated from college, he traveled to Reims, a city in northeastern France, to attend the “Grande Semaine d’Aviation de la Champagne”, the first international aviation meeting in history. This was a great opportunity for Chavez to become a friend of the French aviator Louis Paulhan who had previously participated ...
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... aviation history. His courage will always be an example for those who are involved in aviation. In my case, I confess that before I started the paper, I wondered why is Jorge Chavez so recognized in my country. Now, I feel satisfied that I have been able to learn more about his life and accomplishments and that I have contributed to spread his story of life.
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