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Musée des Arts et Métiers

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The Musée des Arts et Métiers is in downtown Paris is a science museum and has a small aviation collection of interesting artefacts. The full size airframes are historic each in their own right, which makes this a worthy destination after visiting the Musée de L'Air at le Bourget, especially since the pioneer and Great War gallery there seems to have been stuck in refurbishment limbo for years now. Some images.

 

By far the star at the museum is Clement Ader's Avion III.

 

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Ader's novel and complex steam engine that powered the Avion III.

 

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The vehicle gallery inside the old church.

 

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The ungainly Breguet R.U.1.

 

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Robert Esnault-Pelterie's R.E.P. of 1908.

 

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Louis Blériot's English Channel crossing XI.

 

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Not an aeroplane, but Marcel Leyat's Hélica D.21, which was known as "L'avion sans ailes" - the aircraft without wings.

 

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Another 'not an aircraft'; this bicycle was designed by Clement Ader.

 

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Model of a Deperdussin A.

 

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A model of an Antoinette monoplane.

 

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Swiss brothers Armand and Henri Dufaux's unpiloted hélicoptère of 1905, which they flew from the Parc de St Cloud near Paris. This is the full size vehicle.

 

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Thanks for looking.

 

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Fascinating place and exhibits.

 

Are those aircraft replicas?

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1 hour ago, Smudge said:

Are those aircraft replicas?

The full size ones? No, they are the originals. That was Clement Ader's Avion III that he built in 1897 (obviously the outer covering has been replaced) and that Bleriot XI was indeed the one Louis Bleriot flew across the Channel in in 1909. The Dufaux helicopter was also the one that the brothers actually flew for the crowds at St Cloud. It wasn't large enough to carry a person, being a scale demonstrator only. Only the Deperdussin and Antoinette are reproductions.

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