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Located outside Paris in the North, though still accessible with public transport, is found this museum dedicated to aircraft. The museum was founded in one of the edge of Le Bourget Airport.
The airport itself was built in 1915 for the first world war and is linked with numerous stories of planes and landing (the disappearence of Nungesser and Coli and the flight across the Atlantic by Lindbergh in 1927).
The museum is one of the oldest aviation museums in the world. The collection contains more than 19,595 items, including 150 aircraft, and material from as far back as the 16th Century and is displayed over about 150,000 square metres (1,600,000 sq ft). A section of more modern air and spacecraft, includes the prototype for Concorde, and Swiss and Soviet rockets.
For amateurs, the museum has some unique artefact such as the only known remaining piece of the L'Oiseau Blanc (The White Bird), the 1927 aircraft which attempted to make the first Transatlantic crossing from Paris to New York. On May 8, 1927, the aircraft took off from Le Bourget, jettisoned its main landing gear (also stored at the museum), which it was designed to do as part of its trans-Atlantic flight profile, but then disappeared over the Atlantic.
Other items of interest range from a gilded bronze medallion of the Montgolfier brothers, created in 1783 by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828), the Glider Massia-Biot (1879), an 1884 electric motor by Arthur Constantin Krebs (1850–1935), the rear gondola of the 1915 Zeppelin LZ 113, equipped with 3 Maybach engines, type HS, a 1916 SPAD VII aircraft by Blériot-SPAD and flown by French flying ace Georges Guynemer in World War I, a 1917 Airco DH.9 aircraft by Geoffrey de Havilland (1882–1965), and a 1918 Junkers D.I aircraft by Hugo Junkers (1859–1935), to the 1961 Dassault Mirage IIIC by Marcel Dassault (1892–1986), an SSBS S3 surface-to-surface ballistic missile commissioned in 1981, and a 2002 Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard model.