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Environmentalist; explorer; film producer; lead cinematographer for multiple Cousteau Society films; pilot; dove for the first time in 1945 at the age of four using a miniature version of the Aqua-Lung; aquanaut during the Conshelf III underwater habitat mission in 1965; died when his Consolidated PBY Catalina, christened the Flying Calypso, broke apart on the Tagus River near Lisbon, Portugal, on June 28, 1979; son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Simone Melchior Cousteau; husband of Jan Sullivan Cousteau; father of Alexandra Cousteau and Philippe Cousteau Jr.
“Our goal was to serve as eyes for those who could not travel. We would be like knights errant who would travel the world, bringing their King tales of the Middle East. Except in our case, we would not be reporting to just one person but to millions.” — Philippe Cousteau