Paris–Le Bourget Airport

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Paris–Le Bourget Airport
Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) A-54
Paris Aéroport logo.svg
AerialviewLeBourgetOctober2016 edited.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Aéroports de Paris
Location Le Bourget
Elevation AMSL 220 ft / 67 m
Coordinates 48°58′10″N 002°26′29″E / 48.96944°N 2.44139°E / 48.96944; 2.44139 (Paris - Le Bourget Airport)Coordinates: 48°58′10″N 002°26′29″E / 48.96944°N 2.44139°E / 48.96944; 2.44139 (Paris - Le Bourget Airport)
LBG is located in France
Location of Paris–Le Bourget Airport
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,665 8,743 Bituminous concrete
07/25 3,000 9,843 Bituminous concrete
09/27 1,845 6,053 Bituminous concrete
Source: French AIP[1]

Paris–Le Bourget Airport (French: Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget) (IATA: LBGICAO: LFPB) is an airport located within portions of the communes of Le Bourget, Bonneuil-en-France, Dugny and Gonesse, 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) north-northeast[2] (NNE) of Paris, France. Once Paris' principal airport, it is now used only for general aviation including business jet operations. It also hosts air shows, most notably the Paris Air Show.


The airport started commercial operations in 1919 and was Paris's only airport until the construction of Orly Airport in 1932. It is famous as the landing site for Charles Lindbergh's historic solo transatlantic crossing in 1927 in the Spirit of St. Louis, and had been the departure point two weeks earlier for the French biplane The White Bird (L'Oiseau blanc), which took off in its own attempt at a transatlantic flight but then mysteriously disappeared.[3]

On 25 June 1940, Adolf Hitler began his first and only tour of Paris, with Albert Speer and an entourage, from Le Bourget Airport.[4]

On 16 June 1961, the Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected at Le Bourget Airport.[5]

In 1977, Le Bourget was closed to international airline traffic and in 1980 to regional airline traffic, but remains serving both domestic and international business aviation. Since 1975, Le Bourget Airport has hosted the Musée de l’air et de l’espace, France's main state-owned aviation museum. Following the discontinuation of regular commercial traffic in 1977, space available to house museum collections and displays has progressively increased.[6][7]

The airport hosts a statue commemorating Frenchwoman Raymonde de Laroche who was the first woman to earn a pilot's licence. There is also a monument honouring Lindbergh, as well as Nungesser and Coli, pilots of The White Bird.[8]


The Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile (BEA) is headquartered in Building 153 on the grounds of Le Bourget Airport and in Le Bourget.[9][10] Le Bourget Airport hosts the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, which is also located in the commune of Le Bourget.[11]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Le Bourget Airport is the base for the "Paris Airshow Demonstration Flight" mission supplied with Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
  • Le Bourget Airport features in the opening sequence of The Protectors episode Your Witness


  1. ^ LFPB – PARIS LE BOURGET. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b EAD Basic
  3. ^ Godspeed, Charles and Francois. "The Secret of The White Bird.", 9 May 2006. Retrieved: 16 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Hitler Tours Paris, 1940". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ fr:Musée de l'air et de l'espace
  7. ^ "Présentation". Musée Air et Espace. Archived from the original on 13 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Nungesser & Coli Vanish Two Weeks Before Lindbergh Crosses The Atlantic". Documenting Reality. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Plan d’accès au BEA Archived 16 February 2012 at WebCite." Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile. Retrieved on 17 June 2010.
  10. ^ "header_logo_et_coord.gif Archived 21 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.." Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile. Retrieved on 17 June 2010.
  11. ^ "Address and Directions." Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace. Retrieved on 9 September 2010.
  12. ^ "F-BATB Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 

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