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One hundred years ago, France took up the challenge of conquering the air. With not only its pioneers and heroes, the likes of Santos-Dumont, Saint-Exupery, Guynemer, Roland Garros, but also engineers and companies, well in advance of their time, such as Dassault Aviation.

To celebrate this anniversary, a show will be presented in April under the giant glass roof of the Grand Palais in Paris, an exhibition hall and museum located at the Champs-Elysées, built for the 1900 Universal Exposition. In this historic setting of the first air shows, spectators will experience total visual and deafening acoustic immersion.

"The conquest of the air, Dassault saga, a French adventure", is a 50-minute packed programme of thrills and excitement. Bruno Sellier, the creator of this multi-technology show, will retrace the one hundred years of failures, victories, progress and aeronautical feats, from the early aviation pioneers through to today’s drones; including the romantic life of Marcel Dassault, born Marcel Bloch, the inventor and industrialist behind the present day Dassault Aviation Group, which interweaved the fabric of this historic century.

On the programme are three illustrious French aircraft, set against a 32,000 sq ft (3,000 m2) backdrop of giant all-round panoramic screens showing aerial sequences of aircraft, and archive images produced by 23 video projectors, together with a good dose of special effects. 

This show will take place from 9 to 14 April, with two sessions each evening (9 pm & 10:30 pm). Prices: 27 euros for adults, 21 euros for students including the 7-17 age group, and free for children under 7 years of age.

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