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Event. Opening of the Air Base 102 Museum in Dijon

First opened in January 2022, the Air Base 102 Museum is the brainchild of a group of enthusiasts with a desire to immortalize a place which is emblematic of French aviation.

First opened in January 2022, the Air Base 102 Museum is the brainchild of a group of enthusiasts with a desire to immortalize a place which is emblematic of French aviation.

Entwined in the history of French aviation, Dijon’s Air Base 102 (also known as “Base 102 Captain Georges Guynemer”) served the country from 1914 to 2016. From World War One to “modern” conflicts such as Syria, through World War Two and the Cold War, the base saw every episode of the French Air Force and harbored countless aircraft. In the 1960s, Air Base 102 was even used as a film set for the French TV series “Les Chevaliers du Ciel” (The Aeronauts).

Six years after the last aircraft left the base (Alphajets, in particular, remained there until 2014), a museum has opened its doors to remind younger generations of the existence of this legendary place. The Cigognes fighter squadron is well represented, as is Dassault Aviation, which has tested several aircraft on the runways of the base.

In order to successfully open the museum, two hundred members of the Association of Former Members and Friends of Air Base 102 devoted more than three years to the painstaking task of curating the collection of models, specialist magazines and photographs from all eras, documentation of all kinds, weapons, and objects all and sundry.

To present the history of Air Base 102 in the best possible way, the museum has been divided into three sections corresponding to three key periods: World War I; World War II; and 1945 to 2016. More than a century of aviation…

Air Base 102 Museum in Dijon.
Dijon-Bourgogne airport, opposite the Ecole de Gendarmerie (police academy).


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