Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
(1900 - 1944)
Having published two novels about aviation, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and a friend attempted to break the speed record flying from Paris to Saigon in 1935 and crash-landed in the Libyan desert, trekking through it for three days until a Bedouin caravan discovered them. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye,” he wrote in his most famous work, The Little Prince. Saint-Exupéry disappeared while flying from Corsica to France on a reconnaissance mission in 1944.