Back in 1910, John Moisant became famous for being theĀ first pilot to cross the English Channel with a passenger, his mechanic, during a trip from Paris to London. But the newspapers often neglected to mention there was another passenger aboard the Bleriot biplane that that day: Moisant’s cat.

Paris-London, described in the press as a “beautiful, big tortoise-shell cat,” was just 2 weeks old at the time of the cross-channel flight, according to Moisant’s sister, Mathilde, herself a pilot, who said the cat “generally was carried in John’s pocket” at the time.

Moisant himself said that the cat played a most important part in the trip. After all, what’s the point of being famous if you can’t use your newfound fame to spoil your cat?

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