Rendez-vous at Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
Located just six kilometres from Paris on the site of Bourget airport, the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Aerospace Museum) offers one of the most beautiful collections in the world of flying machines, prototypes, iconic aeroplanes, models, space objects and other artefacts, from yesteryear and today. With over 150 aeroplanes on display, the museum has one of the finest collections of original models in the world. From the Blériot that crossed the channel over 100 years ago to the iconic Concorde, visitors travel to the heart of the most extraordinary scientific, technical and human adventures.
The museum has a large permanent interactive exhibition on the aerial war of 1914-1918. The original aeroplanes of this period (the planes that the WWI ace pilots actually flew) show the development and the dominating role of aviation in the Great War.
All of the machines on display are originals: aeroplanes and aerostatic materials, engines and propellers, weapons, as well as objects, archives and the clothing that was worn.
Two scale models with mannequins placed near the planes reconstruct the appearance of aviators at the start and end of the war.
A huge fresco evokes all the most dramatic moments of this conflict.
The exhibition "The Ace Pilots of 1914-18" is divided into six chronological sequences, on the following themes:
- The Voisin and Caudron G IV planes, used for the first bombardments of Germany and thankless observation missions
- The Bébé Nieuport plane, symbol of the battle of Verdun in February 1916
- The "baraque Adrian", a prefabricated wooden structure for housing troops, showing what daily life was like for the pilots
- The spectacular rear gunner's cockpit from a Zeppelin LZ 113 is the highlight of this space
- The Breguet XIV and Spad VII: entire squadrons of these planes were launched in 1918 to stop the German attacks
Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget
93350 Le Bourget
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 92 70 00