of the Air and Space Medal in Europe in 2003
For photos of each panel click this
excellent French site
click "Visite virtuelle"
At Felicity, California,
USA, surprise gives way to admiration as one walks along the monument, first balloon,
first human flight,
first flight of heavier than air machine, (towed by a horse in 1856), first aerial
observation, first aerial photo ( Daumier drawing), first mail by balloon,
first dirigible, first pilot's licenses including those of Orville and Wilbur Wright, first
helicopter, first seaplane,
first aerial victory,
the list goes on
A quote First class historic scholarship with the overall effect of a new
art form the monument is designed for millennia.
Several panels link historic Franco-American friendship with reproductions of the actual licenses of Orville and
Wilbur Wright (issued by France in 1909), the La Fayette Escadrille WWI panel, Lindbergh
greeted by 100,000 French, and the 1865 drawings of Jules Verne forecasting "Only the
Yankees, those great engineers, will travel to the moon" and correctly predicting
Florida as the launch site. .
conferences and exhibits take place from time to time (see calendar) at the
World Commemorative Center ®,