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Éric Vicomte de Spoelberch (Brussels, 15 February 1903 – Nivelles, 27 January 1939) was a Belgian pilot. As a lieutenant in the Aéronautique Militaire he was one of two Belgian pilots sent to Britain to evaluate the Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire.[1] In the following January he was killed in an air accident while flight testing a plane.[2]

He was son of Guillaume de Spoelberch (1874-1947) and Colienne de Neufforge (1882-1929).[3] He married Katharina Stewart 28 April 1932, in Haverford and the couple had two sons Guillaume and Jacques de Spoelberch.

As a bobsledder he competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, he finished eighth both in the two-man and four-man events.

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  1. Belgian Wings.be "In the summer of 1938 two Aéronautique Militaire Belge pilots (Capt. Pierre Arend and Lt. Vicomte Eric de Spoelberch) were sent on a mission to the United Kingdom to evaluate in flight the two best British fighter aircraft; the Hawker Hurricane I and the Supermarine Spitfire I."
  2. Belgian Chamber of Representatives • Session of 19 May 1939 "... a été causée par le malheureux accident dont a, été victime, le 17 février, le regretté pilote Eric de Spoelberch; il n'était pas démontré que cet accident ait été dû à un défaut de construction de l'appareil. J'aurais voulu pouvoir lire à la Chambre des extraits d'un rapport d'experts, dont le ... experts désignés par le juge d'instruction de Nivelles, — et qui-concluaient d'instruction de Nivelles, — et qui-concluaient... "
  3. Family Tree

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