La Ferté-Alais

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La Ferté-Alais
View from the east, looking over the town towards the airfield
View from the east, looking over the town towards the airfield
La Ferté-Alais is located in France
La Ferté-Alais
La Ferté-Alais
Coordinates: 48°28′54″N 2°20′53″E / 48.4816°N 2.348°E / 48.4816; 2.348Coordinates: 48°28′54″N 2°20′53″E / 48.4816°N 2.348°E / 48.4816; 2.348
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Essonne
Arrondissement Étampes
Canton La Ferté-Alais
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christian Karrer
Area
 • Land1 4.55 km2 (1.76 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 4,064
 • Population2 density 890/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 91232 / 91590
Elevation 53–142 m (174–466 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

La Ferté-Alais is a commune in the Essonne department in Île-de-France in northern France. It is 52 km (32 mi) south of Paris.

Its airfield (in Cerny really), hosts a world-famous air show for vintage World War I and WWII aircraft and a museum of such aircraft.

It even has the aircraft (still airworthy) that Louis Blériot used to cross the English Channel in 1909.

Inhabitants of La Ferté-Alais are known as Fertois.

It is a notable cycling route for bearded auditors.

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