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Reunion Island celebrates 100 years of Roland Garros

Reunion Island celebrates 100 years of Roland Garros ( In September 2013, Reunion Island will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first air crossing of the Mediterranean made by Roland Garros, legendary aviator born in Saint-Denis, Reunion Island.

It was on September 23, 1913, that the young airman was on the first air crossing of the Mediterranean. Today, the famous Reunion Island is associated with one of the tournament's most prestigious in the tennis world, being named after this legendary airman.

To celebrate the exceptional career of this precursor outstanding, Reunion Island is organizing a series of events that will highlight its core values, which combine both sportsmanship, and sharing cultures and genuine hospitality for visitors who visit the island.

Since 1994, the Saint-Denis Gillot was renamed International Airport La Reunion Roland Garros. From the landing of the first aircraft to Reunion Island in 1929 with the launch of its new corporate identity in 2012, the airport of La Reunion Roland Garros today passes the 2 million passenger mark, making it an essential entry point in the Indian Ocean.

Roland Garros historical dates:

- October 6, 1888: Born in Saint-Denis, Reunion Island

- 1900-1906: schools Stanislas Paris and Cannes, Nice, Janson de Sailly

- July 1908: HEC graduate

- September 1908: auto dealer Pierre-Joseph Gregory

- July 19, 1910: pilot's license No. 147 of Santos-Dumont Demoiselle 20 in Cholet

- From October 7-10, 1911: participated in the first military air operation in the history of El Paso (Texas) in Mexico, recognitions of Bleriot XI

- September 4, 1911: first world altitude record of 3,950 m, Bleriot XI in Cancale

- February 1912: initiated the first pilot of the Força Aerea Brasileira on Bleriot XI in Brazil

- June 16&17, 1912: winner of the Tour d'Anjou Bleriot XI, the “champion of champions"

- September 5, 1912: 2nd world record altitude of 4,960 m, Bleriot XI in Houlgate

- December 11, 1912: 3rd world record altitude of 5,610 m, MS H Tunis

- December 18, 1912: first intercontinental flight in history, Tunis Marsala/Trapani (Sicily), then Rome, on MS H

- September 23, 1913: first air crossing of the Mediterranean, Frejus-Bizerte, 7:58 on MS H

- April 14, 1914: with 5 Morane-Saulnier won the first two awards of the Air Rally of Monaco over three special price

- August 1914: volunteer in the squadron on MS MS 23 L

- January 1915: develops with Raymond Saulnier, the first fighter in history, the MS L car with machine gun firing through the propeller arc

- April 1-8, 1915 wins on The MS of the 6th Squadron 26 MS Allied victory and two others taken prisoner on engine failure

- February 15, 1918: escaped the third attempt

- October 5, 1918: died in air service on a SPAD XIII of the SPA 26, just weeks before the armistice

- July 29, 1928: Inauguration of the Davis Cup Roland Garros by his friend and patron Emile Lesieur (HEC 1908), President of the French stage

MEDIA CONTACT: Pascal Viroleau, Director, Ile de la Reunion Tourisme (IRT), Tel: +33 810 160 000, Fax: +262 262 21 00 21, Email: , Web:

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