Concord Pilot article.

Concord Pilot article.

Post by Mendota7 » Sat, 29 Jul 2000 04:00:00


PARIS, France (July 27) - Capt. Christian Marty was a dashing adventurer, a
passionate windsurfer who once crossed the Atlantic on a sailboard. He was also
a Concorde pilot whose elite status is compared by the French to astronauts.

After the supersonic jet that he was steering went down in a ball of fire
Wednesday, killing all 109 on board and four on the ground, Marty was hailed as
a hero: Even as the plane was engulfing in flames, the pilot was banking it
away from nearby towns and highways, witnesses said.

Colleagues told French newspapers Thursday that Marty was a calm and competent
pilot who had more than 10,000 hours flying experience.

The blond, chestnut-eyed 54-year-old was also a keen sportsman and adventurer
who was equally proficient at mountain biking, hang-gliding over a volcano or
windsurfing across the Atlantic as he did in a 37-day expedition in 1982 from
Senegal in west Africa to French Guyana in South America.

He used to revel in tests of resistance against cold, heat and fatigue. During
his trans-Atlantic voyage, Marty refused to allow a boat accompanying him to
tow him while he was sleeping on his sailboard.

``I wouldn't want to gain a single mile without ... my arms feeling it,'' Marty
was quoted as saying at the time.

When Marty became a Concorde captain last summer after nearly 30 years of
piloting Airbuses and Boeing-747s for Air France, the move was seen by many in
his homeland as a pinnacle of his success. For many in France, the Concorde has
become a symbol of the country's most noble achievements.

Mayor Jean-Pierre Blazy said Wednesday his town of Gonesse was thankful to the
deceased pilot for steering away from populated areas even as the plane was
engulfing in flames. The plane eventually hit a hotel.

``We avoided catastrophe thanks to the pilot's presence of mind,'' Blazy said.

The Rev. Claude Porcheron, a local priest at the St. Peter St. Paul parish in
Gonesse, called it ``the most beautiful act in the world,'' tears welling up in
his eyes.

Marty, who was born in the southern French town of Saint Laurent du Var, was
married with two children.

AP-NY-07-27-00 0908EDT

 
 
 

Concord Pilot article.

Post by Chris Schefle » Sat, 29 Jul 2000 04:00:00

fascinating article.  thanks.

what a way to live.  what a way to go.

Quote:

> PARIS, France (July 27) - Capt. Christian Marty was a dashing adventurer, a
> passionate windsurfer who once crossed the Atlantic on a sailboard. He was also
> a Concorde pilot whose elite status is compared by the French to astronauts.

> After the supersonic jet that he was steering went down in a ball of fire
> Wednesday, killing all 109 on board and four on the ground, Marty was hailed as
> a hero: Even as the plane was engulfing in flames, the pilot was banking it
> away from nearby towns and highways, witnesses said.

> Colleagues told French newspapers Thursday that Marty was a calm and competent
> pilot who had more than 10,000 hours flying experience.

> The blond, chestnut-eyed 54-year-old was also a keen sportsman and adventurer
> who was equally proficient at mountain biking, hang-gliding over a volcano or
> windsurfing across the Atlantic as he did in a 37-day expedition in 1982 from
> Senegal in west Africa to French Guyana in South America.

> He used to revel in tests of resistance against cold, heat and fatigue. During
> his trans-Atlantic voyage, Marty refused to allow a boat accompanying him to
> tow him while he was sleeping on his sailboard.

> ``I wouldn't want to gain a single mile without ... my arms feeling it,'' Marty
> was quoted as saying at the time.

> When Marty became a Concorde captain last summer after nearly 30 years of
> piloting Airbuses and Boeing-747s for Air France, the move was seen by many in
> his homeland as a pinnacle of his success. For many in France, the Concorde has
> become a symbol of the country's most noble achievements.

> Mayor Jean-Pierre Blazy said Wednesday his town of Gonesse was thankful to the
> deceased pilot for steering away from populated areas even as the plane was
> engulfing in flames. The plane eventually hit a hotel.

> ``We avoided catastrophe thanks to the pilot's presence of mind,'' Blazy said.

> The Rev. Claude Porcheron, a local priest at the St. Peter St. Paul parish in
> Gonesse, called it ``the most beautiful act in the world,'' tears welling up in
> his eyes.

> Marty, who was born in the southern French town of Saint Laurent du Var, was
> married with two children.

> AP-NY-07-27-00 0908EDT


 
 
 

Concord Pilot article.

Post by CD expo » Sat, 29 Jul 2000 04:00:00

There was an article about him in the Nice Matin newspaper, his local paper.
The said that he was the first to windsurf from Nice to Calvi, Corsica in the
early 80's. Imagine doing that one an old Dufour or Windsurfer....

The same article also talked about his love for mountain biking,  gliding and
hang gliding. He was a sports "nut."

Sounded like a fun and interesting guy.

Neil