Ludovic Arrachart

Ludovic Arrachart (15 August 1897, Besançon - 24 May 1933, Maisons) was a French aviator.

His long-distance flights made him a pioneer of intercontinental aviation.[1] He notably beat two world records : first flying a Breguet 19 3,166 km (1,967 mi) from Étampes to Villa Cisneros in Africa in February 1925 and flying a Potez 28 4,305 km (2,675 mi) from Paris to Basra in Iraq (in 1926, with his brother Paul) in June 1926.[2][3]

He enlisted in the French Army at the outbreak of World War I, serving in the 35th Infantry Regiment. Wounded twice, he was promoted to Sergeant in 1916, before being declared unfit for duty in the infantry and transferring to the Armée de l'Air as an observer in 1917, and qualifying as a pilot in 1918. He commanded a squadron based in Alexandretta, Syria, from 1919 to 1922, and was assigned to the Commission trials (1923–25). In June 1924 he won the Michelin Cup long-distance flying competition. He died on 24 May 1933 when his Caudron C.362 suffered an engine failure during preliminary trials for the Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe.[4]

A street was named after him in the 8th arrondissement of Lyon.[5]


  1. ^ "Ludovic Arrachart". Larousse (in French). Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Histoire de l'aviation et de l'espace" (in French). ac Orléans Tour. Archived from the original on 23 April 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Bréguet Aviation — Courrier postal Étampes-Dakar — 3 février 1925" (in French). Cospus historique estampois. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  4. ^ "La Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe". l'Aérophile: 166. June 1933.
  5. ^ "Rue Ludovic Arrachart" (in French). Rues de Lyon. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2010.