YAM Avro on show in Paris

The Yorkshire Air Museum Avro 504 replica on display in front of the Hôtel des Invalides on 25 May. The Dôme des Invalides contains the tomb of Napoleon.
NEILL WATSON

Over the long weekend of 24-28 May the Yorkshire Air Museum/Allied Air Forces Memorial’s Avro 504 replica was displayed outside the Hôtel des Invalides in central Paris to commemorate the RAF’s 100th anniversary, and to celebrate more than 100 years of co-operation between the air arms of Britain and France. Displayed alongside the Avro was a replica SPAD VII provided by the Conservatoire de l’Air et de l’Espace d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux. YAM director Ian Reed commented, “This was an unprecedented occasion and the first time that a UK museum — indeed any museum — has undertaken a display of this kind in perhaps the most prestigious location in France, where many occasions of state take place. We are very privileged to be asked by the Royal Air Force to assist in bringing to fruition this unique celebration of over 100 years of co-operation between the two countries’ air forces, especially in this year of RAF 100.”