Valentin, Léo

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Valentin, Léo Gender: M
Léon Alfred Nicolas Valentin
born on 22 March 1919 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Épinal, France, 48n11, 6e27
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 00°27' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 00°18 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 21°53'

Léo Valentin (taking off strapped to the outside of a Morane-Saulnier MS.502 Criquet in May 1955)
photo: RuthAS, license cc-by-3.0


French adventurer, who attempted to achieve human flight using bird-like wings. Léo Valentin is widely considered to be the most famous "birdman" of all time. He was billed as "Valentin, the Most Daring Man in the World".

On 21 May 1956, Valentin performed one of his stunts at a Whitmonday air show in Liverpool before 100,000 spectators. When exiting the plane, one of his wooden wings made contact and a piece broke away. He attempted to land safely using a parachute, but that also failed and he died.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'u_v' pdf file, p. 37.


  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Vocation : Travel : Aviation field