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Old 30 March 2011, 03:02 AM   #1
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Questions about Le Bourget museum

-I am going to Paris next week, I wanted to go to Le Bourget, but the museum official page shows very little. They have a gallery for the Great War, but other than a few French types, the Fokker DVII and the Pfalz DXII I don't see any other airplanes of the pictures in the latest thread from October 2009.

My enthusiasm has been cooled because it had a jar of cold water poured on it when I saw how few types they have from the Second World War, and worse, the most interesting exhibit, the Soviet planes, the Polikarpov and the Yak are in restoration.


Do they have a Junkers DI and those British types in display or they just rearranged everything and went into storage. I ask because the text doesn't mention anything, I hope is just a display of French chauvinism.


It seems Le Bourget it is not as good as I thought it to be, I don't care at all about jets, though the Russian air force museum at Monino was interesting.

Regardless, I would have gone anyway just for the WWI planes, plus the 2 Russian WWII planes. When I was in Monino their Yak was in restoration, so I hoped to see one here, such a bad luck!
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Old 30 March 2011, 05:14 AM   #2
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It seems Le Bourget it is not as good as I thought it to be, I don't care at all about jets, though the Russian air force museum at Monino was interesting.
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A great museum, I think (It's only my opinion). My last visit was in December 2009. We are really in the atmosphere by movies on screens, life by dummy and stand, objects in exhibition,...
There is also much prior to WWI, some WWI French uniforms of some Aces, engines, Guynemer's Spad VII, archives...

I have some photographies of my visit in 2009, but I must find the CD. I hope to come back again this year or next to Le Bourget.

There is also "des Invalides" museum in Paris, with some French aviator uniforms (Maybe German too ?), a "Rhone" engine, Lewis and Vickers, a FT17 tank, French 75, guns ...). "des Invalides" museum it's all periods of the French army or before (Knight and Monarchy). Interesting also. Musée de l'Armée

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It's a great museum! don't miss it. The WWI section is good, but my favorite is the original Antoinette..... Doc
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Old 30 March 2011, 11:52 AM   #7
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Well,

tell me about the Russian aeroplanes...We have a bunch of them at Kbely, especially if you are interested in MIG 15 variants.

I spent a great time at Le Bourget and I confirm the following:
No guide book in English that time; poor web presentation that time, BUT
a wonderful pre WWI and WWI collection.
Little bit limited by that art-deco airport hall design, though...You are forced to meandre through up and down...But it gives you some unique positioning...

A lot of strange tubes with wings. Probably some modern, after WWII design. Not interested in dural anyway...
Just a couple of WWII planes, but the Dewoitine D 520!!!

Including some snaps...That time was more focused on WWII...

I think the Le Bourget is a must to see...

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Merci beaucop!

I see now that the non-French WWI airplanes are suspended from the ceiling, and almost not visible in the photos, I should have checked the image gallery before jumping to hasty conclusions.

I think I can get over my disappointment about not seeing the Polikarpov and the Yak and realize it's worth a visit just for the Pfalz DXII and the Junkers DI, plus of course, the SPAD of Guynemer.

I will try to visit it. There's so much to see!
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Have more photos, but the quality...

That time a friend of mine wanted some Fok DVII details....

Let´s wait for your post after your return from Paris!

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You won't be disapointed. There's a fair bit of WW2 aswell. As mentioned the information isn't great, found it frustrating not knowing full deatails of aircraft, sometimes none at all. Especially with WW1, didn't know whether exhibits were genuine, replica or reproduction. The DH9 had a picture of an SE5.

Make sure you do your homework on the on the planes you are interested in before you go.

As for the meandring that was one of the best things you can view from the ground or above.

Have a great time!
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