6th Biennale Mondiale de l’Aérostation

From July 30th to August 11th, 1999 (nearly 400,000 visitors)

1,014 pilots – 18 flights out of 25 – Chambley AirBase (Meurthe-&-Moselle)

It is an outstanding edition. In France, on August 11th at 12:30 p.m., there is a total sun eclipse. It has not happened since 1724. The next one will take place in September 2081. We couldn’t miss this opportunity; this is why three days were added to the event. The weather isn’t extraordinary, but it is the first time that we make “a night glow” in bread daylight… at the time of the total sun eclipse. Thousands of people ran to see the show. 51 nations are attending, Brits arrive first with 153 registered crews. We achieve a new successful Great Line take-off, but without counting (we had forgotten the certification officer).

Reference Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation