At the start of the twentieth century, civil and military aviation has emerged in the South of France. The first flight of the Wright brothers with their famous “Flyer” in 1909 marks the beginning of the aviation. The public and journalists of the time were enthusiastic, France applauded the “the Bird Man”. The Pyrenees became a land of aviation.
Building on this success, the Wright brothers founded, in Pau, the first flight school in Europe. They would thentrained the first pilots on planesmanufactured by famous companies like: Deperdussin, Newport, Blériot…
From then, the Pyrenees region started anaeronautics industrial history and became a land of experiments for civil and military aircraft. From this glorious past startedan incredible industrial adventure that still continues today. World-class aeronautical companies have been established since the beginning of the twentieth century and are involved in the production of current aircraft and helicopters.
It is at the heart of this valley dominated by the Pic du Midi Ossau, thatOssau WATCH was created.