The Paris Air show is world-wide known as the aviation event where aircraft manufacturers show their new types. It was started in 1909 at the Grand Palais exhibition building in the centre of Paris as part of the annual international automobile exhibition. It gradually grew over the years into an aircraft-only exhibition with flight demonstrations given at the Le Bourget aerodrome outside the city.

The year 1951 was the last year of the Grand Palais being used for this exhibition. From 1953 on until now everything takes place at the Le Bourget airport. I have recently acquired a number of large-format black-and-white negatives and I was so lucky to find a dozen shots taken in this last year of the Paris Air Show at the Grand Palais building.

Photo 1. Aermacchi MB.308 F-OAHN Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 1. Aermacchi MB.308 F-OAHN Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 1
Aermacchi MB.308 F-OAHN with the ‘Vendu’ (sold) sign clearly visible.

Photo 2. Bréguet Br.960 Vulture model, Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 2. Bréguet Br.960 Vulture model, Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 2
Bréguet Br.960 Vulture model. The Vulture was a mixed-powered naval attack plane that never went into production. However, it stood as a model for the later Bréguet Alizé anti-submarine plane.

Photo 3. Couzinet RC.261 Normandie model Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 3. Couzinet RC.261 Normandie model Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 3
The Couzinet RC.261 Normandie was shown as a model. It was a projected four-engine flying boat that was never built.

Photo 4. Fiat G.59B I-VOLO Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 4. Fiat G.59B I-VOLO Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 4
The Fiat G.59B I-VOLO was intended as an advanced fighter trainer with performances nearing those of the latest generation of World-War II fighters. It was built both as a single seat and dual seat version. It served with the Italian air force and a small number was also exported.

Photo 5. Fokker S.14 Machtrainer K-1 Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 5. Fokker S.14 Machtrainer K-1 Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 5
The Fokker S.14 Machtrainer prototype was as a newcomer attracting much attention at this show.

Photo 6. S-14 K-1 Paris Willem Vredeling coll.

Photo 6. S-14 K-1 Paris Willem Vredeling coll.

Photo 6.
For transport into the building the Fokker S.14 was mounted on a specially designed scaffold with the outer wing panels removed. As we can see it was a very close fit though the entrance door!
(photo late Willem Vredeling)

Photo 7. Piaggio P.148 I-DIDA Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 7. Piaggio P.148 I-DIDA Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 7
Also the Piaggio P.148 I-DIDA two-seat sports plane was new on the 1951 show!

Photo 8. S.N.C.A.S.E. SE.4030 model Aerosalon Paris 1951 (B v.d. Klaauw)

Photo 8. S.N.C.A.S.E. SE.4030 model Aerosalon Paris 1951 (B v.d. Klaauw)

Photo 8
The S.N.C.A.S.E. SE.4030 was a project for a light naval amphibian powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah piston engines. This model was shown in Aeronavale colors. Since the well known Grumman Widgeon amphibian was built under a license in France, the SE.4030 remained a project.

Photo 9 S.N.C.A.S.O SO.30P Bretagne model, Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 9 S.N.C.A.S.O SO.30P Bretagne model, Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 9
As a model the  S.N.C.A.S.O SO.30P Bretagne transport plane was shown at the Grand Palais.

Photo 10. SIPA S.200 Minijet Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 10. SIPA S.200 Minijet Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 10
The  SIPA S.200 Minijet. It was a light jet trainer built only as a prototype.

Photo 11. Sports Aériens SA.14 Emouchet Escopette Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 11. Sports Aériens SA.14 Emouchet Escopette Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 11
The Sports Aériens SA.14 Emouchet Escopette was a glider experimentally fitted with additional pulse jet engines under the wings.

Photo 12. Fouga Lutin Mock-up Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 12. Fouga Lutin Mock-up Aerosalon Paris 1951

Photo 12
The Fouga Lutin was further developed from Fouga’s jet powered gliders. It remained a project but stood as a model for the later Fouga Magister.

Nico Braas