100 years of Fournier: a history of aviation’s original ‘green’ promoter

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cluttonfred

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Here's a neat article in honor of René Fournier's 100th birthday that should appeal to many here interested in motorgliders or low-powered aircraft generally.


EDIT: I have also attached an earlier article on the (sadly stalled and never completed) microlight RF4UL with a converted industrial V-twin engine that is mentioned in the link.
 

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Always wanted a 3 or 4.
 

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He sure accomplished a lot! I agree with Pops, an RF3 or RF4 would sure be a lot of fun. I imagine that would be just the ticket for hopping from thermal to thermal and generally messing about. That RF7 sounds like a hoot, though!
 

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Apparently stalled for lack of funds and/or lack of participants to cover and finish it. They were all pretty old iirc
 

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Here's a neat article in honor of René Fournier's 100th birthday
"In his book he pondered: ‘Why were there so many constraints and such crippling rules, and why were they imposed only on certified aircraft? << >>
Now, approaching his hundredth birthday, he has but one regret: that he didn’t emigrate from France to the United States,"


If he had moved I doubt the overall outcome would have been much different. :(

From a bit of searching it appears that his book was self published and for all practical purposes is no longer available? I also found a reference to an electronic version of the the English translation.
Does anyone know of a source?
 

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I looked around for the book and never found anything like Amazon selling it. One place said one could send a check directly to Mr. Fournier or request an electronic copy from Graham Clark. I do not know who Mr. Clark is, does anyone here? Mr. Fournier apparently is not good about mailing books after receiving payment.
 

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Worldcat says the only library copy is in the Bibliotheque national de France. Hopefully, Matthew will stop by and give it a review LOL
 

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A fun game to play on this website is to see how long it takes before Mr. Graham appears here. Start your timers LOL
 

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Here's a neat article in honor of René Fournier's 100th birthday that should appeal to many here interested in motorgliders or low-powered aircraft generally.
30 of what I can guarantee will be the best minutes of my day. Thanks, Matt.

One of my business mentors, and friend/skiing buddy for decades turns 100 this spring. The incredible privilege of having someone with a century of experience in their field is not lost on me.
 
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