2011 • 52' & 2x26' • French & English
Director(s): Herlé Jouon • Producer(s): Grand Angle Productions • Coproducer(s): France Télévisions • Format(s): HD
On May 8 1927, renowned pilot Nungesser and his navigator, Coli, take off aboard the White Bird, a bi-plane that is designed to take them across to the coasts of America. It’s a mighty challenge, but they intend to take advantage of the winds to cross the 3500 miles that separate them from New York. A few hours after take-off, witnesses spot them of the coast of Etretat and then nothing. What happened? Did they get lost? Did the White Bird crash into the sea? Did they succeed in reaching the shores of America? These are questions that haunt Bernard Decré, a devoted fan of sailing and flying. He tries to retrace the journey of the White Bird step by step, hoping to prove that the aviators, even though they disappeared, really did cross the Atlantic. From the coasts of Brittany to Washington, by way of Paris and the St Pierre and Miquelon archipelago, his exciting quest tells us more about this incredible attempt to cross the Atlantic.
While trying to uncover the mystery of the disappearance of St Exupéry, underwater archaeologist Luc Vanrell comes across the trail of another strange affair. Near the Riou archipelago, just a few dozen yards from the wreck of the man who wrote “Le Petit Prince”, he chances upon another wreck: that of a German plane…So, beneath the sea, at the same spot, lie two planes from World War II, one German; the other French. Is there some link between St Exupéry’s crash and this German plane? Thanks to an incredible investigation and after the discovery of a skeleton on the Riou archipelago, Luc Vanrell manages to solve this new mystery. A journey filled with twists and turns between the bay of Marseilles, Germany and California…