The Les Ailes Anciennes association organizes the “Week-end aux Ailes” on its site in Blagnac. Until this evening, Sunday, October 10, visitors can take their seats at the controls of legendary planes.
Young and old alike had their eyes filled with wonder at the mythical planes of the Ancient Wings. Near the Aéroscopia museum, in Blagnac, a child runs in the alley leading him to the “Week-end aux Ailes”. This young aspiring pilot wants to be at the helm of the Alpha Jet at all costs.
“The Patrouille de France is a dream for everyone. The crew offers us a marvelous spectacle during the parade on July 14. Slipping into the Alpha Jet allows you to understand the complexity of the maneuver” declares his father, just as delighted.
Caravelle, Mirage 200N and other symbols tell the story of the heyday of aeronautics. This “Week-end aux Ailes” marks the resumption of educational activities stopped by the health crisis. The benefit of the admissions contributes to the restoration of the recovered planes.
“The Mc Donnell F-101 Voodoo is the last aircraft that we have restored at Les Ailes Anciennes. It is part of the US Air Force but it remains on deposit with us. These paint jobs cost us € 9,000.” explains Jean-Claude Cathala, vice-president of the Ailes Anciennes.
More than 110 devices today constitute their fascinating collection. “We took charge of vintage and military vehicles alongside our planes to add value to the visit” adds the vice-president.
A magnificent half-track held the curiosity of the public. “You are allowed to board. You can rotate the turret. However, do not fire the machine gun. It is blocked.” recommend the amused collector.