Charles Vuazen

Charles Vuazen

French aviator, younger brother of aviator and aircraft designer Gabriel Voisin.
Country: France

  1. Biography of Charles Voisin
  2. Early Life
  3. Establishing Voisin Freres
  4. Advancements in Aviation

Biography of Charles Voisin

Charles Voisin was a French aviator and the younger brother of aviator and aircraft designer Gabriel Voisin. He was born two years after his older brother and grew up in a family that was deeply involved in aviation.

Early Life

Charles Voisin was born into a family of aviation enthusiasts. His father left the family shortly after his birth, and his mother moved with Charles and his brother to live with their grandfather in Noéville. Their grandfather became their primary caregiver and instilled in them a passion for engineering.

After their grandfather's death, Gabriel and Charles received a good engineering education in Paris. In 1900, Gabriel, who had met Clément Ader, became serious about building gliders. This was followed by a period of unsuccessful collaboration with Louis Blériot from 1903 to 1906.

Establishing Voisin Freres

In 1906, Gabriel and Charles Voisin established their own company, "Brèthes & Voisin" (later renamed "Voisin Frères" and "Aeroplanes Voisin"). On February 28, 1907, the brothers began test runs on a new machine - a biplane with a pusher propeller and box-like tail, intended for Léon Delagrange.

On March 16, 1907, Charles became the first of the brothers to make a successful short flight. On March 30, 1907, he made two flights lasting 20 and 60 minutes respectively. After his fourth flight on April 8, he handed the aircraft over to the client.

Advancements in Aviation

In 1909, Voisin met Baroness de Laroche, who became the world's first female aviator after flying in a Voisin aircraft. This meeting marked a significant milestone in aviation history and showcased Voisin's contributions to the field.

Unfortunately, on September 26, 1912, Charles Voisin tragically died in a car accident near Belleville in the Rhône department. Raymond de Laroche, who was in the car with him, survived the accident and went on to continue her career as an aviator.