AFKLMP Cargo flies old Morane-Saulnier monoplane to Réunion

Air France KLM Martinair (AFKLMP) Cargo has transported a vintage, World War One-era Morane-Saulnier H aircraft to Saint-Denis Roland Garros Airport on the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

The carrier flew the delicate cargo aboard one of its Boeing 777 freighters.

AFKLMP marked exactly 100 years since the death of French aviation pioneer Roland Garros earlier this week, on October 5.

Garros was born on the island of Réunion, and its airport is named after the man who is amongst France’s best-known World War One fighter pilots.

Garros was also the first aviator to fly across the Mediterranean. He flew his Morane-Saulnier H aircraft from Fréjus in the south of France to Bizerte in Tunisia on September 23 1913.

Numerous events were organised on Réunion between 3 and 6 October to celebrate his life. Amongst them, on October 5, the Morane-Saulnier H took to the air over Réunion to commemorate the pilot and his achievements.

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