The French city of Lyon is this week playing host to the largest number of aviation specialists ever gathered together.
The French city of Lyon is this week playing host to the largest number of aviation specialists ever gathered together. Scientists, technicians, airman and historians have come together to record man's conquest of air and outer space in an eight-day festival known as Aviation Jeunesse.
SYNOPSIS: A parade by the elite few who've ventured beyond the Earth's gravity field provided a high-light to the festival. Russian Cosmonauts and American astronauts who once completed for every goal, now walk side by side. Among them the Apollo 14 crew, who followed the famous Apollo 11 mission to the moon and sent Astronaut Alan Shepard on a Lunar Walk. He repeated perhaps the greatest aviation feat to date... man's first walk on the moon by Commander Neil Armstrong, two years earlier. Leading the Russian delegation were Alexei Leonov, who in 1965 became the first man to walk in Space, and Georgui Grestchko, who stayed aloft for 92 days to set a new space endurance record.
Lyon was chosen as the festival venue because off its long established links with aviation. Pioneer aviators the Montgolfier brothers, Voisin, Esnaut and Pelterie all came from Lyon. The local people gave their successors a warm welcome as they congregated under their respective banners outside the Town Hall, for the official welcome. Success in space alone wasn't the sole reason for Aviation Jeunesse. There are daily conferences on all aspects of aviation, from light aircraft to satellites.
Space vehicles make way for gliders, balloons...and parachutes. And as the festival title suggests, Aviation Juenesse also concentrates on youth, and the future.