Henri Brégi was born in Sedan in northern France on December
4th, 1888, the son of a military doctor. He studied electrical
engineering before becoming interested in flying. He experimented with
flying models together with his brother Christian and Louis Paulhan.
After Paulhan famously won a Voisin airplane in a modelling contest
Brégi learned to fly it, making his first flights during the late
summer of 1909. He made his public debut at the September 1909 Ostend
meeting and then participated in the October 1910 "Grande
Quinzaine" at Port Aviation, where he won several prizes. He also
also participated in the 1909 Antwerp meeting.
In January 1910 he departed for Argentina together with his brother, a mechanic and two Voisin planes, one reportedly the ex-Paulhan "Octavie III". He made the first official flight in Argentina on February 6th, followed by many more flights before returning to France in June. He participated in several meetings for Voisin in the second half of 1910, for example in Reims, Bordeaux, Bourges and Milano.
In October 1910 he joined the military aviation and became a specialist in Breguet airplanes, in which he made the first flights in Morocco in September 1911. In 1912-1914 he specialized on seaplanes. During WW1 he served in the French air forces.
He was killed in action on January 12th, 1917. He was wounded by enemy fire when attacking a submarine outside Toulon in the Mediterranean and his plane overturned when landing in the sea.
Brégi was granted French "Brevet de Pilote" No. 26 on December 21st, 1909.
Henri Brégi participated in the following air race meetings: