Caudron C.630 Simoun.
Registered name "F-ANRY".
The airplane that author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry boarded.
Its elaborate wooden model.
Was something that Utsumi Erice kept as a memento of her father.
De Saint-Exupéry was taking on the challenge of flying the Paris-Saigon race course with this airplane when he crashed at the Libya Desert and had to make an emergency landing. It was said that the disastrous experience at the time gave him the idea for his novel "The Little Prince".
De Saint-Exupéry, an airplane lover by nature, still bought a new airframe even if he had to take on debts after the crash. He experienced many falls and accidents throughout his lifetime just like that, and eventually had his engagement broken off due to his circumstances at age 23.
At age 35, he crashed at a desert and survived for 4 days with 1 day-worth of water before he was rescued by a Bedouin nomad.
And then, at 44, during an army scouting mission with an unarmed plane, he was shot down, and eventually declared deceased.
Despite already being a renowned novelist, he longed for the sky with all his heart, and was a beloved pilot.
"...Well, as they say, there is such kind of anecdote.
The model of that crashed plane is quite ugly, but I really like it."