Pierre de Caters, Baron

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Born on December 25th, 1875 in Berchem, Belgium, Baron Pierre de Caters was a well-known Belgian sportsman who competed in car and motor boat races from 1900. He drove different brands. In 1902 he set an absolute world speed record of 120.806 km/h on a 60 hp Mors. He repeated the feat in 1904 on a 90 hp Mercedes. His speed then was at 156.521 km/h.

He gave up racing and took up flying in ca 1908. He was the first Belgian to fly a powered aircraft. During World War I he joined the Belgian Air Force and was the commander of the Belgian Flying School. He died in Paris on April 21, 1944.

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