Heroic aviators include Bonnier, Brindejonc des Moulinais, Cavelier, Chandeloup, Chevillard, Conneau, Crochon, Dancourt, de Havilland, Dickson, Dubonnet, Duval, Efinoff, Fowler, Frey, Gibert, Gichon, Gobé, Jabubeau, Irain, Kerchlin, Kinet, Laftout, Legagreux, Loridan, Mahieu, Maillefert, Martinet, Moineau, Navaire, Noel, Norman, Pegoud, Prevost, Prince Evitor, Reneaux, Ronin, Rougier, Sanchez Besa, Santos Dumont, Steffan, Vedrines, Wijnmalen, Wright.
Brindejonc des Moulinais was one of Europe's greatest aviators before the First World War. He became infamous in Britain when he flew from Bremen to Hendon and flew low over London through bad weather. The Royal Aero Club revoked his competitor's certificate, but not his aviator's certificate. Bow Street Magistrates took a more benevolent view and congratulated him on his navigation, describing him as "a brave and clever airman" and bound him over for 1,000 francs for twelve months. This epic flight, in stages totalling 450 miles, was made in a Morane-Saulnier monoplane powered by a 60 h.p. Le Rhone engine and was intended to allow B. de M. to take part in the 1913 Whitsun Meeting at Hendon.
Rougier flew a Voisin at the first English flying meeting at Blackpool in 1908 when he won 820 pounds.
Gobé at one time held the world distance record for a closed circuit of 460 miles, flying a Nieuport in 1911.
The Dutchman Wijnmalen entered for the 1911 Daily Mail Round Britain Race, for which there was a prize of 10,000 pounds, in a Henri Farman, but the Gnôme engine refused to start and he consequently retired!
The French pioneer Moineau flew a Breguêt tractor biplane powered by a 110 h.p. Canton Unnée engine in the 1912 British Military Trials.
Frey was sent by the Aero Club de France to Chicago to contest the Gordon-Bennett Cup in a Hannriot monoplane. He suffered engine trouble and failed to complete the course.
The French Naval Officer Lt. Jean Conneau used the pseudonym André Beaumont. He won the 1911 Paris/Rome race and also gained other victories in the same year in the Circuit of Europe and Circuit of Britain.
The flamboyant Russian Effimoff, here pictured in a Farman, flew at the 1910 Nice Meeting and was reprimanded and fined 100 francs for passing so close in his Henri-Farman to another aircraft flown by Rawlinson, that his slipstream blew Rawlinson's machine into the sea!
The Frenchman Louis Noel favoured the Farman. He took charge of the Grahame-White Flying School in 1912 flying Farmans and Bleriots. He won the record for the longest flight with pilot and seven passengers in an Austro-Daimler powered Grahame-White in 1913, the flight time being 17 minutes and 25 seconds.