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Romain Gary's novel made into a movie.
"The Promise of Dawn is Romain Gary's autobiographical novel. The writer recalls his youth in Poland and then in France. After earning a law degree, Romain became an officer cadet at the Ecole de l'Air in Salon-de-Provence in 1938. World War II saw him join the Free French Air Force (FAFL), flying Douglas A-20 Boston jets on 25 missions from Great Britain and North Africa. After the Liberation, the war hero became an acclaimed writer and "the only novelist to have won the Prix Goncourt twice, under two pseudonyms. 
The novel has already been the subject of a first film, shot in 1970 by Jules Dassin. The new film, directed by Eric Barbier, will hit cinemas this Wednesday, December 20. The cast of this new adaptation includes Pierre Niney as Romain Gary, Charlotte Gainsbourg as the writer's mother, and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
For the aerial scenes, on the initiative of technical advisor and aeronautical coordinator Isabelle Bazin, several Dassault Flamants from Alençon and Corbas were used to represent the Boston bombers of the Lorraine group (aka RAF Sq. 342), as well as several SV-4 Stampe, Piper Cub, Stinson L-5 and Stearman.
Shooting of the aeronautical part took place, among other places, in July 2016 in Belgium, on the former Brustem base, 70 km east of Brussels - the terrain featuring the English base of Hatford Bridge in the film. Prior to this, two weeks were spent at the Goetsenhoven airfield, depicting Salon-de-Provence. Of note, Isabelle Bazin and artistic director Pierre Renson have been nominated for a César award for "best set design". ♦♦♦
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Exhibition on Pierre Georges Latécoère and his vision of the aviation of the future... L'Envol des Pionniers, in Montaudran near Toulouse, will be presenting a new temporary exhibition dedicated to Pierre Georges Latécoère, creator of the Ligne aéropostale, from December 17, more than a century after the construction of the first aviation factory in [...]With Jean-Guillaume "Marty" Martinez, RSD from 2016 to 2018, as guest speaker. Each year, the Saint-Dizier Aéro Rétro association organizes an end-of-season conference on a given theme, in partnership with the city of Saint-Dizier and Air Force Base 113. For the 2022 edition, the theme will be the fighter pilot's profession and his [...]Play about the pilot-writer who disappeared in July 1944. On July 31, 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was alone aboard his Lockheed Lightning on a photographic reconnaissance mission... He would never return to Corsica, from where he had taken off, gone forever. Six characters, played by four actors, take you on a journey [...]Exceptional opening of the reserves for the European Heritage Days. The 39th edition of the European Heritage Days, with the theme of "sustainable heritage", will take place on Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18, 2022. This is an opportunity for some aeronautical museums to open their storerooms.
The Paris Air Show will be held in Melun on September 10 and 11. Held on the second weekend of September at the Melun-Villaroche airfield, the Paris Air Legend is a meeting of "legendary aircraft, icons of the Second World War, or vintage and modern jets". The program for the 2022 edition, identical on Saturday and Sunday, [...]A few dates to note for September 2022. September 2-4: Mondial ULM at Blois-Le Breuil (MULM). FFPLUM. September 2-4: LAA Rally in Popham, Great Britain. Light Aircraft Association (LAA). September 3: Air Navigation Race in Saumur. FFA. September 3-4: Rencontres internationales d'oldtimers (RIO) in Gruyère, Switzerland. September 4: [...]Second Mondial de l'ULM in Blois-Le Breuil. The 41st edition of the Blois Microlight Show, renamed the Mondial de l'ULM since last year when FFPLUM took over the organization in partnership with the Loir-et-Cher département and the airfield, will take place at Blois-Le Breuil on September 2-3-4.
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