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Paree the Flying Cat: 1910

Paree the Flying Cat: 1910

In 1910, on the first airplane flight across the English Channel to carry a passenger, American aviator John Moisant flew from Paris to London accompanied by both his mechanic and his cat, named either Mademoiselle Fifi or Paree, depending on which newspaper you believe. Later that year Moisant died in a crash near New Orleans. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

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Kitty

Or maybe named Spark Plug.

Mademoiselle Fifi

I wonder what happened to her when he died. I hope she was taken care of. What a sweet looking kitty.

[I was wondering if maybe this photo was taken at the funeral. It looks like mourning crape on the basket. - Dave]

The New Orleans airport…

…for a long time was named “Moisant Field” (it’s now Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport). The IATA airport code is still MSY (which apparently stood for Moisant Stock Yards).

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