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    Thursday 31/07/14

    Remember The Little Prince? Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote the book after he crashedin the desert while attempting to break an air speed record. A pioneer aviator, in the days when planes were made of wood and fabric, Saint-Exupéry worked as a journalist, a novelist, a pilot - and fought for a free France during the Second World War.

    Despite being 43, technically far too old to fly in combat, and so badly injured in previous crashes that he could not even zip up his own flight suit, Saint-Exupéry lobbied for the right to fight for his country. On this day, 70 years ago, he disappeared -- the remains of his plane would not be found for more than 50 years.

    We are toasting Saint-Exupéry - that rare combination of intellectual and hero - with The Elder Aviator. One of our own creations, it's a twist on the classic Aviation, but with elderflower instead of violet.

The Elder Aviator

The Little Prince author disappeared on this day

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