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“An absolute must-see for any aviation enthusiast.”

Ailes Anciennes Toulouse
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Blagnac
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Since 35 years, the association Ailes Anciennes Toulouse saves and rebuilds a unique collection of aircraft (airplanes, helicopters, gliders and engines). Our collection, which is among the largest in France, has been collected and is maintained by a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers.
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Prior to visiting Aeroscopia, we'd had a look around the fence of nearby Ailes Anciennes as we thought it was closed on Sundays (it's advertised as being open on Saturdays and the afternoons of Tuesday to Friday), but on finishing at Aeroscopia, we noticed that the entry gate was open and this museum was indeed open. What a bonus this was!
First the bad news - this is not a glossy all-singing, all-dancing supermuseum like Aeroscopia; and it would be advisable to keep excitable children close at hand as there are no barriers and plenty of potential hazards.
Now the good news - the collection is absolutely wonderful; a true treasure trove of wrecks and relics from the unique e.g Breguet Sahara and 941S, SO6025 Espadon fuselage and Mirage III in 50th anniversary markings; to the more regular museum fair e.g Super Sabre, Vampire and Hunter. All of the exhibits are outside and it is quite cluttered as the site is fairly small, but it's sensibly laid out, especially the line-up of fighters and trainers close to the fence. I particularly enjoyed the 2 Nord Noratlas', the Caravelle, the Vautour and especially the Breguet Sahara Deux Ponts which has been under restoration for some years.
We were also treated to a personal tour of the small Cap Avenir Concorde exhibition which in on two levels in part of the main restoration building. The gentleman who spoke with us here didn't speak English, and we don't speak French, but for about half an hour we were treated to his enthusiasm and knowledge of Concorde and left with the shaking of hands and a couple of Concorde A4 prints. What a lovely experience.
Ailes Anciennes is really inexpensive (6 euros) and worth every penny, and you will receive a folder of information on each aircraft to take around with you which I found far more useful and interesting than I had thought it would be. Very highly recommended.

2  Thank steve c
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Staff of this place is extremely friendly and nice. They have a beautiful collection. Place is ran by enthusiasts, and they restore old aircrafts. It is just next to Aeroscopia, and shouldn't be missed. Along with French manufactured aircrafts, there were some things I didn't expect like Drakken and Mig21's.

Thank Nemanja D
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

Right next door to Aeroscopia it can be overlooked by the flash appearance of that site. Ailes shows how surplus craft that have already bee canibalised for useful parts can be rehabilitated for static display. Some of the craft are rare and also show how things are constructed (from the missing parts). If coming to see both museums do not come too early as Ailes does not open until 14:00 hrs.

3  Thank platypus150
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

The collection is quite large, and although some aircraft have been partially restored, the vast majority have not.
In the restoration hanger, a team of volunteers were working on the SAAB Vigen and other aircraft.
Some really interesting aircraft on display, but could really need some financial help, amazed that Airbus does not give a helping hand.
Well worth a visit especially for the Breguet Sahara one of only three in existance !

1  Thank Paul E
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

Take care if you enter this place with kids, you risk to get trapped as Bill Murray.
Amazing collection of old planes, from WWII to cold war fighters, airplanes, helicopters...
The only pity is that it is run by volonteers with a very small budget and the state of some aircrafts is quite poor.

1  Thank jorge r
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