AKA Jean-Pierre Védrines & Pierre Védrines
L'Aviation a Arbonne
Prix de - "aviation at Arbonne" - et de la ville de Arbonne
VEDRINES volant au-dessus du Canal de Robine -- Mars 1911
(Vedrines flying above the Robine Canal - March 1911)
Collection of Dave Lam, 10-10-05

Portrait du célèbre aviateur Jules Védrines
sur monoplan Morane-Borel, dernier type

(Portrait of the famous aviator Jules Védrines
in a Morane-Borel monoplane, latest type)
     Né le 29 déc. 1881 à St. Denis, (seine), a obtenu son brevet de pilote n° 312 le 7 déc. 1910 à l'école Blériot.
     Born Dec. 29, 1881 in St. Denis, (the Seine), obtained his pilot's license no. 312, Dec. 7, 1910 at the Blériot school.
Collection of Denís Fauvel

Jules Vedrines - 1912
French aviator Jules Vedrines turning the pylon
in the James Gordon Bennett Cup Race,
Chicago, Illinois, Sept 9, 1912, which he won.
Library of Congress Collection, 7-2-08

Jules Vedrines - 1914
Library of Congress Collection, 8-11-08

     If you search for "Jules Védrines +aviation", using the Google search engine, (8-27-05), you will find about 558 links! Perhaps one of the most helpful is the following.
Jules Charles Toussaint Védrines (1881-1919)
     Russell Naughton has assembled an impressive number of photogrphs of Jules, along with a wealth of biographical excerpts which enable the reader to understand his life and career. Some of the references are in French, but there are enough in English to satisfy almost anyone's curiosity. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

The Round Britain Race
The Daily Mail £10,000 Prize
22 July - 7 August 1911

On this page you find a fascinating story of the race, illustrated with many photographs and including some important links. It presents list of the 30 entrants into the race, along with their aeroplanes and country of origin. Two of them are also found on my website
Jules Védrines (9)
André Beaumont (1)
Gustav Hamel (24)
James Valentine (14)
H.J.D.Astley (2)
E.Audemars (13)
S.F.Cody (20)
G.Blanchet (11)
C.Howard Pixton (19)
C.Compton-Paterson (7)
Olivier de Montalent (23)
C.P.Pizey (17)
C.T.Weymann (28)
Lt.Reynolds, R.E. (25)
Lt.H.Bier + passenger (30)
B.C.Hucks (27)
Lt.R.A.Cammell, R.E. (12) I am sure you will want to read the whole interesting story of this historic event. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

Le monoplan Morane piloté par Védrines
     This page, on the Cartophilia website offers many images of postcards which feature pioneer French aviators. You will find a very nice postcard featuring Védrines at the top of this page. You can access this page by clicking on the title above.

By Wassim Chemaitelli
     This page, on the Cedarjet website, presents a revue of the events that surrounded the arrival of the first airplanes to Lebanon, and the early years of aviation in the Middle East. It is very interesting in its own light, but is especially valuable in that it offers a story of Vedrines' flight to Lebanon, illustrated by three unique photographs from the collection of Fouad Debbas. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.
     If time permits, you will be rewarded to read the entire article. It is replete with stories, photographs, maps, etc. and also offers a number of references and links.

Jules Vedrines died in 1919.
Personal communication from Yves Duval, 8-23-04
Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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