On 14th January, the Aeroscopia museum welcomed its first visitors. In this 7,000 sq.m. (over 75,000 sq. ft.) hall located in Blagnac, near Toulouse (south western France), over 25 legendary aircraft, such as this 1935 German Messerschmitt are exhibited, including a Dassault Mirage III capable of exceeding Mach 2, or again one of the 1,300 Alouette light helicopters produced worldwide ; just a few of the military exhibits on display, since the museum is not only dedicated to civil aircraft.
Here, however, military aviation is represented in all its major branches: training aircraft, reconnaissance, fighter-interception or tactical support. One example is this Jaguar, built by the Franco British company Sepecat in the late 60’s.
A Super Guppy’s vast cargo compartment has been converted into a cinema, where the public can watch a seven-minute film depicting the aeronautical history of Toulouse.
And to continue the dream, you can discover what the interior of a private ‘plane looks like, or an airliner hold, via this transparent floor. If you like more of a hands-on approach, with no age restriction either, why not take the controls of a commercial airplane with a development flight simulator.
And these are just a few of the first visitors’ reactions (watch the video).
Open daily from 9:30 in the morning to 6 p.m., the Aeroscopia museum hopes to receive 120,000 visitors this year. Admission is free for children under six, and 11.50 euros for adults.