A full size aircraft from the Yorkshire Air Museum is starring in an exhibition at Les Invalides in Paris, celebrating more than 100 years of co-operation between the RAF and the French Air Force.
Les Invalides is the famous 17th Century hospital, courtyard and cathedral built by Louis XIV, and home to the tomb of Napoleon and some of France’s top museums.
The Elvington Museum is transporting a restored British biplane fighter of the type which was first used in WW1 in 1914 (Royal Aircraft Factory BE2) which was displayed along with the Museum’s Anglo/French exhibition and a 1916 French SPAD VII fighter on loan from the Conservatoire d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux.
Museum director Ian Reed ONM FRAeS, said: “This will be the first time that a UK museum, indeed any Museum, has undertaken a display of this kind in perhaps the most prestigious location in France, where many occasions of State take place.
“We are very privileged to be asked by the Royal Air Force and French Air Force to assist in bringing to fruition this unique celebration of over 100 years of co-operation between the two country’s air forces, especially in this year of RAF100.
“The French authorities have gone out of their way to be helpful and I am very grateful to them for their support to us, especially a foreign museum in one of the most renowned buildings in France.”