Louis Janoir  
  Lieut. Janoir in uniform
from Aereoplanes to Automobiles

  Louis Janoir  
  975. JANOIR sur son monoplan Bonnet-Labranche, moteur Vial, 5a chevaux
from Aereoplanes to Automobiles
Excerpt from Aereoplanes to Automobiles
     "On July 17th, 1911 at Orlęans he gained his pilot's licence number 553 and also his military aviator's licence number 263. It is also reported that he was building a monoplane to his own design whilst at Cercottes.
     His job there was as Chief Pilot for Bonnet-Labranche and he was also Director of the comnpany's flying school at the Graues Aerodrome where would-be pilots attended. Although he was already an experienced pilot he was required to be tested for his pilot's licence on July 17th. This must have been something of a formality so much so that he was trusted to fly a newly delivered plane to an air show. Bonnet-Labranche had just produced a new 2 seater monoplane with a wingspan of 31' 6" length 28' 2" weight 551 pounds and a speed of 62 mph. This may have been the plane Janoir took to Montrésor on July 23rd - all despite the fact that his licence was dated to take effect from July 28th.
     To read the rest of this fascinating story, you should obtain a copy of the book from the author @

     If you search for "Louis Janoir", using the Google search engine, (11-16-12), you will find about 766 links. The primary source for his life as an aviator is J.P. Merrington's book, "Aeroplanes to Automobiles", which is reviewed below.

Pioneer Pilot
       to Automobiles

Product Details
Hard Cover: 104 pages; 8 3/4 x 12 inches
Publisher: J. P. Merrington
List Price: £ 20.00
For a copy, email jpmerrington@aol.com
From the dawn of the motorcar industry until the 1930's the top automobile manufacruters simply made a rolling chassis and engine but left the bodywork to a mltitude of coachbuilders. Few car makers ran their own bodyshops at this time.

Many of these coachbuilders had originally made aeroplanes and engines and then diversified into motorcars to meet popular demand.

The story of a little known French aviator-cum-coachbuilder started out as a "who made my vintage car?" investigation, but ended by uncovering the life soory of a brilliant young engineer, who was an early flyer, who became a founder of the Russian Air Force, who went on to build a thousand WWI fighter planes and then he built automobile bodies.- in a unique style which helped shape the construction methods of today!
His name was Louis JANOIR of Paris.

Of special interest to the aviation enthusiast are the first 27 pages of the book. The exhaustive and fascinating description of his early days as an aviator is richly illustrated with some 30 priceless photographs. You will learn that he was a friend of many of the familiar names in French aviation such as George Chavez, Maurice Prévost, Jules Védrines, Alfred Leblanc, Baroness Raymonde de Laroche, and others.
However, once having been introduced to this fascinating pioneer, you will probably want to read the rest of the book, as I did. Jim has done all of us a real service in making his story so readily available and interesting..

The date of his death is unknown to me.
Editor's Note:
If you have any information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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