Preparations at the Grand Palais

2016/04/08
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Dassault Aviation is the exclusive partner of Amaclio for an exceptional show at the Grand Palais from 9 to 14 April 2016. This show, entitled “la Conquête de l’Air” (conquest of the air) is an opportunity for Dassault Aviation to celebrate its first centenary.

Dassault Aviation is the exclusive partner of Amaclio for an exceptional show at the Grand Palais from 9 to 14 April 2016. This show, entitled “la Conquête de l’Air” (conquest of the air) is an opportunity for Dassault Aviation to celebrate its first centenary.

Installation and setting at the Grand Palais (Paris) on the occasion of show "The conquest of the air", April 9th to 14th, 2016. Installation of the Rafale B © Dassault Aviation – A. Daste

If the rehearsals are anything to go by, the show promises to be a fascinating one. It was impossible for the preparations for the event to pass unnoticed in the City of Light and nearly forty 38-ton trucks were needed to bring in a Mirage III, a Mystère 20 and a Rafale. This colossal organization enabled these legendary aircraft to be brought to the very heart of Paris, much to the delight of the many bystanders watching these surreal happenings.

It must be said that the choice of the Grand Palais was not a random one, as it was the home of the first air shows in the heroic early days of aviation. The entrance door was ideal for admitting aircraft, even though at that time they were much smaller than those of today, and a particularly complex engineering task was required in order to meet this major challenge.