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Morocco to France
January 22, 1924
|On March 12, 1919, Monsieur Pierre Latecoere with Lt. Lamaire as co-pilot, left Casablanca, Morocco, on a Breguet 14 T on an exploratory flight to Rabat, Arbaoua, and Malaga and again from there the next day to Alivante and Barcelona, Spain. In view of the bad weather, they made an unscheduled landing at Canet near Perpignan in France, not far from their original goal at Toulouse, where they arrived on March 14.|
|As this trial flight was successful, The Compagnie Generale d'Enterprises Aeronautiques (Lignes aeriennnes Latecoere) decided to establish a regular service on this route. Service was inaugurated from Toulouse on Sept. 1, 1919, with mail being accepted from Paris.. The first return flight took place on Sept. 3 from Rabat-Malaga-Alicante (overnight stop) Barcelona-Toulouse. The Breguet XIV airplane with M. Daurat as pilot, arrived at Toulouse on Sept. 4. There are no special cachets reported from this inaugural flight.|
|In regular operation the mail from Paris was forwarded to Toulouse by night express, arriving there at 9 a.m. The plane was waiting, ready to start for the first stop at Barcelona (240 miles), then to Alicante, (Spain) (300 miles) to Malaga and after a flight across the Strait of Gibraltar to Rabat in Morocco. On December 1, 1919, the service was further extended to Casablanca.|
|In 1922 the Latecoere services were extended from Casablanca to Oran and on May 3, 1923, to Dakar, which in subsequent years became the base point for the forwarding of airmail by speedy boats to South America.|
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