Le Bourget Airport is the oldest airport in France, having started commercial operations in 1919. It was here that American aviator Charles Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis after his triumphant first solo trans-Atlantic flight. Two weeks earlier a French plane, L’Oiseau Blanc (the White Bird) took off from Le Bourget for a cross-ocean flight, and then vanished forever. On June 25, 1940, after the capitulation of France, Adolf Hitler and chief Nazi Albert Speer landed at this airport to begin a tour of Paris. It was on June 17, 1961, that Russian ballet star Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West. The airport has a monument that honors Lindbergh, as well as French aviation pioneers Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli.
Le Bourget Airport was closed to international traffic in 1977, and to regional traffic in 1980. It now handles only business aircraft, and is used as a base for the Paris Air show. Near Le Bourget Airport there is the Paris Air and Space Museum, which is halfway between this airport and Charles De Gaulle International Airport. This fascinating museum has 175 old aircraft. You can see the oldest flying machine in the world; the 1879 Massia-Biot glider, and the first prototype of the supersonic Concorde airliner.
Address: 180 Esplanade de l'Air et de l'Espace, 93350 Le Bourget, France
Phone:+33 1 48 62 16 56
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