More details on Chavez first Alpine flight 23.9.1910

Insubrica Historica has already reported the formidable and unlucky adventure of Jorge Chavez, the French-Peruvian pilot that successfully managed to cross the Alps, flying from Brig/Wallis to Domodossola/Italy. We have recently come across to an old newspaper article published by The Guardian and The Observer on Sept. 24, 1910, entitled “Flight Over the Alps : M. Chavez’s feat Airman’s Unfortunate Descent”.
A brief article which sheds however some further lights to the tragic adventure of Mr. Chavez. Chavez pioneering flight was part of an air race called “Transalpina”. There were at least other five pilots that attempted on the same day to cross the Alps: AubrunCattaneoPailletteWeymann and Wiencziers. It is not that easy to find further details on these participants.  Surprisingly many of these adventurers had a career in the aviation that spanned many decades. 
The pilot Aubrun could not be identified for the moment. Cattaneo was most likely Bartolomeo Cattaneo (Grosio 1883-Sao Paolo 1949). Better known in Spanish-speaking countries as Bartolomé Cattáneo. In 1910 he was the first Italian pilot, and sixth in the world, to receive a civil pilot’s license and the first to cross the Río de la Plata – between Argentina und Uruguay – by plane. During the First World War he enlisted as a flight instructor with the rank of lieutenant. With the birth of the first Brazilian commercial airline in 1933, Cattaneo was entrusted with the San Paolo-Riberão Preto line, for which he served until his retirement.
The other participant was most likely Marcel Paillette, born on 17 April 1884 in Le Havre and deceased in 1965 in Argentina. Paillette was a French pioneer pilot, who after the unsuccessful attempts of flying over the Alps, continued a brilliant aeronautical career in Argentina, considered still today as one of the forefather of Argentinean Air Force.
Weymann was most likely Charles Terres Weymann (Port au Prince, Haiti 2 August 1889 – Paris 1976) was a Haitian-born early aeroplane racing pilot and businessman. During World War I he flew for Nieuport as a test pilot and was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Weymann tried before and after the war many businesses in the car and aviation industry, albeit without much success.
The last pilot was the German adventurer Eugen Hubert Walter Wiencziers (1880-1917). He was a German Engineer and Pilot. After having unsuccessfully attempted the crossing of the Alps, Wiencziers continued his career in the aviation field. He was test-pilot during the First World War, and died while testing a prototype of the manufacturer Pfalz-Flugzeugwerke. 
According to the Guardian article, Chavez sustained heavy injuries at both legs, with no injuries at the chest and head. The Reuter correspondent cited in the article, was confident that Mr. Chavez would have been able to survive. Apparently while at the Hospital, Chavez was able to release some interviews, putting more light to his flight.
Seriously injured, although apparently not in danger of death, four days later Chávez died at the San Biagio Hospital in Domodossola, in a way that was not entirely clear. His last words were: “Arriba, siempre arriba” (in English “Higher. Always Higher”). 

Jorge Geo Chavez (1887-1910)

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