Paris–Le Bourget Airport
|Paris–Le Bourget Airport
Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) A-54
Aerial view of the airport
|IATA: LBG – ICAO: LFPB|
|Operator||Aéroports de Paris|
|Elevation AMSL||220 ft / 67 m|
Paris–Le Bourget Airport (French: Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget) (IATA: LBG, ICAO: 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 (NNE) of Paris, France. It is now used only for general aviation including business jet operations and 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 and as 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.
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
In odd-numbered years, the Paris Air Show, the world's oldest, takes place at Le Bourget Airport.
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, Nungesser, and Coli.
Accidents and incidents
- On 29 August 1948, SNCASE Languedoc P/7 F-BATG of Air France crashed at Le Bourget.
- On 7 April 1952, SNCASE Languedoc P/7F-BATB of Air France was damaged beyond economic repair when it overran the runway on take-off. The aircraft was operating an international scheduled passenger flight from Le Bourget to Heathrow Airport, London.
- On 3 June 1973 a supersonic Tupolev Tu-144 crashed during an aerial display at Paris Air Show, in an incident which is known as 1973 Paris Air Show crash.
- On 25 July 2000 Air France Flight 4590, a supersonic Concorde, was trying to divert to Le Bourget when it crashed.
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. Le Bourget Airport hosts the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, which is also located in the commune of Le Bourget.
Le Bourget Airport is the base for the "Paris Airshow Demonstration Flight" mission supplied with Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Le Bourget Airport.|
- Aéroports de Paris (official site) (English)
- Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget (Union des Aéroports Français) (French)
- Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace) (French)