1910 – Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane
Henri Fabre (29 November 1882 – 30 June 1984) was a French aviator and the inventor of the first successful seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion.
Henri Fabre was born into a prominent family of shipowners in the city of Marseille and was educated in the Jesuit College of Marseilles where he undertook advanced studies in sciences.
He patented a system of flotation devices which he used when he succeeded in taking off from the surface of the Etang de Berre on 28 March 1910.
On that day, he completed four consecutive flights, the longest about 600 metres.
The Hydravion has survived and is displayed in the Musée de l’Air in Paris.
Extra Note: He died at the age of 101 as one of the last living pioneers of human flight.
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