Saturday, August 25, 2007

Caroline Aigle

I'm posting this because it is so unusual. I have no special interest in women being fighter pilots, but could not help but feel sadness at her death.

As usual, it is Le Salon Beige that provides a concise report:

Squadron Commander Caroline Aigle died on August 21 of an aggressively spreading cancer, at age 32. Caroline Aigle had been the first woman licensed to be a fighter pilot in 1999. After serving in squadron 2/2 "Côte d'Or", in Dijon, for six years, she was sent to Metz to be in charge of flight security. Caroline Aigle had 1600 hours of flying time to her credit, essentially on the Mirage 2000.

Married to a fighter pilot, Caroline Aigle was the mother of two little children, Marc and Gabriel.

The daughter of a military doctor, Caroline Aigle had done her studies at the military high-school of Saint-Cyr before entering Technical School, and then the Air Force Academy. Very athletic, she was also French champion and military champion of triathlon.

The Air Force has opened a blog for those wishing to express their condolences.

May she rest in peace.

What could have happened? To be struck down by an unstoppable cancer at age 32 is unusual, isn't it? Or is it? She was the picture of health, but her immune system failed her completely. The cancer was detected one month ago.

Her name "Aigle" means "Eagle". If that is her maiden name, I can't help wondering if it inspired her to fly.

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At September 07, 2007 2:32 AM, Blogger Philippe said...

She was pregnant and refused to undergo heavy treatment to protect the baby. That's why she died so fast. The baby was born a few days before her death.

At September 08, 2007 12:18 AM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ philippe

I have prepared a follow-up article. Thanks for the information about the treatment. I learned about the pregnancy, but did not know she had refused treatment, only that she had insisted on going on with the pregnancy. I think the doctors wanted an abortion and she refused.

But they couldn't give her treatment after the birth? Or maybe it was too late.


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