Paris: Antique Aviation Shop

Bonjour les amis! Your Lofty Duo has taken up residence as the fall Fellows at the American Library in Paris. We’re thrilled to be here to do some research, and the beginning of our one-month stay is already paying off.

In reality, our work began before we set foot on the plane (a lovely Air France A380). We researched where to go and what to see (and, sadly, what was closed while we would be in France).

After the American Library in Paris announced our visit through their newsletter, we received an email from someone who’d seen the announcement. He suggested that one of the first things that we needed to do upon our arrival, was to visit the antique aviation shop of Pierre Farman. After getting set up in the library, we made it our first aviation research project, and we are glad that we did.

Monsieur Farman’s shop is so full of antique aviation goodness that we don’t even know where to begin. That said, we’ll start with these five tantalizing bits.

Wright 1820 Cutaway


Wright 1820 Coffee table—pistons and crankshaft


Wright 1820 reduction gear


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Mirage F1 wing tank


If you ever find yourself in need of an amazing aviation afternoon in Paris, Monsieur Farman’s shop is in the 7th arrondissement (which also houses the Eiffel Tower) at 122 Rue du Bac.

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