Étretat in Seine-Maritime Département, Haute-Normandie, France — Upper Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
Nungesser and Coli's 1927 Flight
This monument, dedicated to the memory of Nungesser and Coli, heroes of the war of 1914-1918, and intended to recall that their “White Bird” left the soil of France for the first transatlantic aerial crossing at Étretat on 8 May 1927, was destroyed in 1942 by the German army of occupation.
Location. 49° 42.667′ N, 0° 12.45′ E. Marker is in Étretat, Haute-Normandie, in Seine-Maritime Département. Marker is on Avenue Damilaville, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is accessible via a path leading up a cliff, the Falaise Amont, at the northeast end of the beach at Étretat, France. Marker is in this post office area: Étretat, Haute-Normandie 02 35 27 05, France.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Étretat (approx. 0.4 kilometers away).
Regarding Nungesser and Coli's 1927 Flight. This marker is placed on the coast
Two weeks later Charles Lindbergh made his successful non-stop flight from New York’s Long Island to Paris.
The Nungesser and Coli monument on the cliff at Étretat includes the marker, a monumental “flèche” [“arrow”] pointing to the sky, and a stone outline of their biplane, known as the “L’Oiseau Blanc” [“The White Bird”].
The spectacular cliff called Falaise Amont, immediately northeast of Étretat, is home to both the Nungesser and Coli monument and also a small church called Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde.
The original Nungesser and Coli marker and monument at this spot were partially destroyed during World War II. The present marker and monument were completed in the early 1960s.
Also see . . .
1. Nungesser on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA.)
2. Coli on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA.)
3. The White Bird (biplane) on Wikipedia (Submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA.)
4. Blériot's 1909 Landing Site. A marker with a similar design that includes a stone outline of a pioneering aircraft can be seen at Blériot's 1909 Landing Site. (Submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA.)
Categories. • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA. This page has been viewed 2,000 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.