History of aviation – September 30, 1922. On this September 30, 1922, it was the coronation for the French aviator Fernand Lasne, the latter managing on this day to win in the Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe. An aeronautical competition which consists of covering a 300 kilometer route, namely a circuit between Villesauvage (Etampes) and La Marmogne (Gidy), as quickly as possible. An exercise successfully carried out by the Frenchman.
Fernand Lasne performed this feat at the controls of a biplane from Nieuport: to complete the 100-kilometer circuit three times, the pilot only took 1 hour, 2 minutes and 11 seconds.
Fernand Lasne’s opponents in this race were: the English aviator Herbert on a Bamel-Mars biplane, the Italian Francesco Brackpapa on a Fiat biplane and his compatriots Joseph Sadi-Lecointe and Jean Casale, respectively piloting a Nieuport-Delage and a Blériot Spad-Herbemont. The latter two were unlucky: the first was to be the victim of a rollover following a fire in his airplane, the fault of a defective spark plug. Jean Casale will give up, having a leak in his radiator.