Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: BEAUGENCY (Vallée de la LOIRE, near ORLEANS)
Yes Gregoire, you say true, but I know, by experience, that it is 2 ways for materials, 1st by normal way, you may have only official materials and by the second, by friends working in these "museum", you may have more!
Now, I don't know if you are living in France or not, but since the closing of national military time for young frenchmen, the SHAA had big problems for work, it is missing +/- 40% of workers ( these workers,was young frenchmen). The good way would be to have a parallel team of enthusiasts to work on archivs ( several tons, photos and documents, it's true ). But SHAA is a military department and it is not yet in "moeurs" to work with civilians.
For MAE, it is now an other situation, MAE is now in the "giron" of national museums, and of course, for to be able to work in and have responsability, you must come from university and to be graduate in history or "conservation", and we are unlucky, because a majority of these peoples who are working in are not really air-enthusiasts, they are here, because it is nescessary to have a job for eat, also: " not too fast on morning and slowly in the afternoon". Of course, it is several parallel association close the museum, but only for put hands in oil and benzine for aircrafts preservation ( these peoples do this very seriously and with enthusiasm ) but it is not question for them to put hands in the stocked tons of documentation materials, they don't have diplom for that!!!!!
they are also several other places where materials are stocked, not accessible for public of course, as Chatelrault, where are stocked all technical materials documentation of armIES. I remember, when I was in charge of HELLER marketing, I received a special autorisation to pay a visit at this "caserne" for check 75 gun drawings. It was a sort of "pleasant dream and nightmare" in same time for the historian. Imagine a great hall, around 150m x 25m, full of special cases for documents, this is only for one floor and it was maybe 6/8 buildings, maybe more, of 4 or 5 floors each!!!!!!!!!
I worked for 10 years in HELLER marketing Dept and one of my job, was to find materials for models, also, I know that all the materials is stocked.
Now, these, documents must be available for all, and here, "c'est une autre histoire".
Et par St Michel, vive les paras...