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L'aéronaute: Moniteur de la Société générale de navigation aérienne (The Aeronaut: Journal of the General Society for Aerial Navigation) was a journal initiated by Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (aka Nadar) in 1864, the same year that he created the Society for Aerial Navigation (Provisional).

Cover of June 1895 issue

Five issues of the journal were published under Nadar's oversight. In 1868, Abel Hureau de Villeneuve began publication of a journal with the same time, with Nadar's blessing,[1] and the journal stayed in business until 1912.[2]

On 1 March 1911, the journal was absorbed by La Technique Aéronautique, and this latter became the official journal of the Société Française de Navigation Aérienne .



  1. L'Aéronaute, April 1868, pp. 3–4.
  2. Hallion, 2003, p. 123. "In 1864 Nadar began publication of L'aéronaute: Moniteur de la Société générale de navigation aérienne. Though it died after five issues, Abel Hureau de Villeneuve, who had become secretary-general of the by-now-yet-again-renamed Société Français de Navigation Aérienne, revived L'aéronaute four years later, successfully continuing publication of what was arguably the most important aeronautical journal of the early days of aviation until 1912."