Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Air and Space Museum - Le Bourget

The Air and Space Museum is an excellent destination for those wanting something different to the galleries of the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay.  
From Balloons and the earliest flying machines to Concorde and the conquest of space, the collections are arranged to give the visitor an insight into the history and development of flight.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs except from 1 October to 31 March when it closes at 17:00 hrs. It does not open on Christmas day or New Year’s day.
The museum is situated at Le Bourget airport, from central Paris the easiest way to get there by bus from Gare de l’Est. The service 350, destination Roissypole, stops outside the museum. Alternative routes are by Metro line 7 to La Courneuve then take bus 152 to the museum stop or by RER line B to Le Bourget and again take bus 152.
For transport ticketing purposes, the museum is in RATP Zone 3

For details of special events, exhibitions, prices etc. see the official website

Location map: Google map

Here are just a few of the many exhibits:

Polikarpov I-153 Tchaika

De Haviland DH89 Dragon Rapide  F-BHCD

North American P 51D Mustang (front) and Republic P 47D thunderbolt

An assortment of satelites and rockets in the space hall.

French Air Force F.1258 a De Haviland DH9 from c.1917

The only remaining fuselage of a Farman F60 Goliath is top left. In the centre is G-EBYY  a Cierva C.8L Gyroplane. 

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