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European Heritage Days 2014: Safran Aerospace Museum opens its doors all weekend

Paris, France – WEBWIRE – Monday, September 01, 2014

The Safran Aerospace Museum opens its doors to the public the weekend of September 20 and 21, 2014 for the 31st European Heritage Days.

Whether you’re an aviation or history buff, or just out with the family for a fun visit, the Safran Museum will introduce you to an unrivaled collection of historic aircraft engines and other aerospace artifacts, some over 100 years old. The Museum is also organizing a number of special events for visitors of all ages.

The Safran Aerospace Museum is offering two exhibitions this year:

The French army, navy and air force are special guests over the weekend. Representatives will present different military professions, including first sergeant Ludovic Quenin, specialist in the Mirage 2000 fighter and its M53 engine, built by Snecma (Safran).

Visitors from 1 to 100 will be able to enjoy the special events organized by the Museum in conjunction with various associations:

The public will also be able to visit the Museum’s permanent collection from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on both days. Some of the highlights of this collection include:

A Goody’s food truck will be in the parking lot all day long.

Two “tourist trains” will also be available for all visitors on Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, to shuttle them between the Safran Aerospace Museum and the neighboring city of Réau, which is offering other special events.

Feedback from visitors in 2013:

“My son dreams of being a pilot, and he was able to sit in the Mirage cockpit.”

“I came with my family, and it’s great for the kids because there’s so much to do, and so many demonstrations.”

“It’s not the first time I’ve come, but each time you learn something new. We’ll be back!”

1 Lorraine-Dietrich, created in 1871, built automobiles, railway rolling stock, heavy equipment and aircraft engines. It was taken over by Gnome et Rhône in 1941. A Lorraine-Dietrich engine will soon be part of the Museum’s permanent collection.


The Safran Air & Space Museum offers a unique collection of more than 100 airplane, helicopter and rocket engines. Most of the pieces on display were restored by the Association of Friends of the Safran Museum (for aircraft engines) and by former employees of the Société Européenne de Propulsion (SEP, now part of the Safran group), for rocket engines. Reflecting the long history of the Safran group, these powerplants tell the story of our conquest of air and space. The Museum offers visitors dynamic, interactive exhibitions, with audiovisual systems providing an entertaining, informative complement to the historic objects on display. In addition to these legendary engines, the Safran Museum also presents a selection of the aircraft equipment manufactured by the Group, including landing gear and braking systems, and some of the prestigious products made by predecessor companies, from luxury cars, to motorcycles, to pressure cookers.

Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 66,300 employees and generated sales of 14.7 billion euros in 2013*. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.8 billion Euros in 2013. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
* Sales in 2013 restated for the impacts of IFRS11 amounted to 14.4 billion euros.
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