Paris–Le Bourget Airport
Paris–Le Bourget Airport
Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) A-54
|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.
Once Paris's 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 is operated by Groupe ADP under the brand Paris Aéroport.
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 L'Oiseau Blanc (The White Bird), which took off in an 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 continues 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.
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.
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.
Accidents and incidents
- Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière was killed in 1941 when his plane crashed on takeoff near Le Bourget Airport.
- 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 the Paris Air Show, in an incident known as the 1973 Paris Air Show crash.
- On 25 July 2000, Air France Flight 4590 attempted to divert to Le Bourget before it crashed shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
In popular culture
- 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
- La Bourget features heavily in Agatha Christie's 1935 novel, Death in the Clouds.
- The titular aircraft in Airport '79: Concorde had suffered hydraulic failure during the attack by the rogue F-4 Phantom jet and barreled through two arresting baracades, being stopped, just barely, by the third.
- LFPB – PARIS LE BOURGET. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 30 January 2020.
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