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Airshow Performers Lost

By Popular Aviation Staff
Posted Monday, May 29, 2000

Daniel Heligoin and Montaine Mallet, known for their airshow performances called "The French Connection", died after their CAP-10 aircraft collided in mid air.

The tradgedy occured Staurday, May 27, 2000 ver Flager County Airport in Florida. Initial reports indicate that they were performing a dual stall (possibly hammerheads) in their aircraft collided. At least one report tells of a wing separation.

This is a significant loss to the aerobatic community, where they were extremely well known and respected.

From their website (

Daniel Heligoin:
"Daniel started flying gliders at age 16, joined the French Air Force and, by joint agreement between the U.S. and France, was sent to the United States in 1953 to earn his pilot’s wings with the U.S. Air Force. While with the French Air Force, Daniel was a fighter pilot and instructor. He was also a member of the French Air Force Jet team (similar to the U.S. Thunderbirds), flying the Fouga Magister at the time. He then was one of the founders of the light aircraft Aerobatic Team where he flew Stamps, Zlins and then the CAP 10B and single place version at the time called the CAP 20. While in that Team, he taught aerobatics, flew airshows and competition. He was France Unlimited Aerobatic Champion in 1971 and 1972. He joined Avions Mudry (manufacturers of the CAP 10B) now CAP Aviation, at the beginning of 1972, as its chief demonstration pilot and was sent to the United States in the Summer of 1973, with Montaine, to market the CAP 10B. Daniel has more than 15,000 hours in everything from J3 Cub to Mirages, of which over 8000 had been flown performing aerobatics."

"Fellow pilots said Daniel was probably the most experienced formation pilot in the world today and probably was amongst the ones with the most aerobatic instruction given. His enormous amount of experience as a pilot and instructor, his will to share his experience, his sense of entertainment, his enthusiasm and "joie de vivre" made him one of the best air show pilots in the world."

Montaine Mallet:
"Montaine began to fly while attending aeronautical engineering school at the age of 19, following a desire sparked reading the lives of the aviation pioneers such as Guillaumet, St. Exupery, Mermoz and others. In 1972, with a degree in engineering, she joined Avions Mudry as well. In her free time, she began studying aerobatics with Daniel and started to compete in the Spring of 1973. She was sent with Daniel to the United States as a technical adviser and to help demonstrate the CAP 10B to potential customers. Montaine had well over 8000 hours of flight time, of which over 3000 had been flown performing aerobatics."

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