TENNIS: A Pilot's Sport


Firstly, I want to thank those of you who participated in the Tuesday Trivia the week before last.  Thank you for those of you who responded on this site along with those who contacted me personally.  

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The Answer:


Réunion born Roland Garros studied at the HEC Paris before starting his aviation career in 1909 with a Alberto Santos-Dumont Demoiselle monoplane, however, by 1913 he transferred over to the Morane-Saulnier monoplane.  With this, he flew a record flight across the Mediteranean (Fréjus, France to Bizerte, Tunisia.)  World War I broke out and came his life as a fighter pilot.  "Gun control" was an issue in the Saulnier Type L and Garros visited the Morane-Saulnier factory to figure out a way to effectively attach metal deflectors on the end of propeller blades for his aircraft.  And that.. he successfully accomplished. 

After managing to escape a German POW camp on Valentine's Day 1918, he rejoined the French army.  He faced an untimely death one month shy of his 30th birthday less alone the end of the 1st World War after he was shot down in Vouziers, France near the French/Belgian border on October 5th, 1918.

Tributes to his memory:

  • The airport on the island of Réunion (his birthplace) is named after him: Aéroport de la Réunion Roland-Garros (RUN / FMEE)
  • Both the tennis stadium in Paris is named "La Stade Roland Garros" as well as the major  annual Grand Slam tournament which is held there every late May, early June.  Even though it is commonly known as the "French Open", it's official name is "Les Internationeaux de France de Roland-Garros" (The French Internationals of Roland Garros.)
  • As a result of naming the tournament after him, French car manufacturer Peugot commissioned a special 205 model commemorative edition for the Roland Garros tournament. 

To read up on the Roland Garros tournament for 2013, visit their official website. is also re-tweeting scores and events with the tournament on our Twitter Page so please follow for up-to-date scores!  Please also follow hashtag #RG13

And... on to our next question:

Who is this?  
And what contributions did she make to the aviation industry?

Answer coming next Tuesday Trivia!

Have a great rest of the week!



  1. Ah we shall find out soon enough before we know it!

  2. Why, it's Karlene Petitt! She's done a ton of positive stuff for aviation, not the least of which is her monumental book, Flight For Safety!

    Or, if not....I dunno!

    Thanks for the great history and trivia, Jeremy! I love it, and never get around to writing about it (except my own history, lol!) Thanks for the entertaining stuff!

  3. Éric close ! I will say this, Karlene is a shining example of the legacy that lady left behind. We shall find out in two days who that special lady was. An aviatrix par excellence !


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