|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1887|
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 1910|
Pioneer Aviator. Born in France to Peruvian parents, Chavez was the first pilot to successfully complete an air crossing of the Alps, flying from Reid-Brig, Switzerland, to Domodossola, Italy, on September 23, 1910.
Sadly, he would never collect the $20,000 prize he earned with his pioneering flight. Chavez' plane crashed during its landing in Italy. Critically hurt in the crash, Chavez lingered for four days before succumbing to his injuries. His last words, "Higher, always higher," became the motto of the Peruvian Air Force. The Lima, Peru International Airport bears his name, and, for a time, displayed one of his planes in the terminal.
Originally buried in France, he was returned to Peru in 1957 and buried at the Peruvian Air Force Base at Las Palmas, near Lima.
Specifically: Buried at Las Palmas Air Force Base, near Lima, Peru
Created by: Iowa Owl
Record added: Jun 08, 2011
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