The Verdun Aerial Warfare Exhibition at the Air and Space Museum

2016/10/17
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The air battle of Verdun was the first air battle in History, in the sense that two fleets fought in the air with the express aim of claiming the skies over a given space. This was also the first time that the idea of ruling the skies was completely accepted and supported by military leadership ...

The air battle of Verdun was the first air battle in History, in the sense that two fleets fought in the air with the express aim of claiming the skies over a given space. This was also the first time that the idea of ruling the skies was completely accepted and supported by military leadership on both sides.

Rediscover this emblematic battle at the exhibition from October 15, 2016 to January 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Air and Space Museum. In this exhibition, the focus is on the technical, political and psychological dimensions of the first aerial warfare, reflecting an aeronautic and military point of view.

Rather than a history of events, the exhibition in partnership with Dassault Aviation will revolve around two emblematic pieces: the Nieuport XI, the first mass-produced French fighter plane, and Georges Guynemer’s sports car.  Since the study of History is constantly changing according to historians’ questions and areas of interest, the exhibition aims to make school audiences aware of the plurality of approaches and the shifting nature of historical discourse, or even certain oversights.

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