To mark the 35th European Heritage Days, numerous museums, cultural spaces and historical sites are offering all those who are enthusiasts or just curious a rich variety of aviation-themed events.
The flagship of aerospace history, the Air and Space Museum, is organizing many guided tours of famous aircraft like the Mercure, Concorde or Dakota on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018. There is also a series of events and workshops for all ages (“From the history to the art of kites”, “World War II game”, “Journey into the solar system”, and more). The associations Les Ailes de la ville par les jeunes and Les Ailes Anciennes will also present the outcomes of their actions.
If you’d like to discover the everyday workings of an airport, the Maison de l’Environnement is offering a series of guided tours of Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport: a great chance to get behind the scenes of Europe’s second busiest airport.
The Safran Aerospace Museum in Seine-et-Marne allows visitors to get behind the controls of many airplane and helicopter simulators, attend demonstrations of hovercraft piloting, or take part in practical workshops (water rockets and motorized paper planes).
The Air Passion area at Angers-Loire Airport is offering tours, flight simulators, workshops and conferences as well as an Aérobraderie, an aviation-themed flea market. It is also giving visitors access to the museum’s reserve collection, where more than 150 aircraft are on display.
Many other venues are open during these exceptional days: the Espace Rozanoff, the Museum of the Mont-de-Marsan 118 Airbase (Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), the Museum of the Condé-Vraux Airfield, the Potez 36-13 workshop (classified as a historical monument) of the European Museum of Military Aviation in Valencia, and more.