Savigny Les Beaune
Text and Pictures : Serge Van Heertum - © SBAP 2009


The wonderful Bourgogne a well known French area for it’s prestigeous wines is also a place where old airplanes are stored off based after flying conditions restoration. It’s always a pleasure during a trip to see some of our loved planes.

Savigny Les Beaune castle where the owner, Mister Michel Pont, is well known for his aircraft collection but also for other collections like Abarth sportcars (He was in fact sportcar pilot for this company), Motorcycles, old firetrucks and special tractors especially designed for the wine trees. About 80 aircraft are exposed in the castle park, some are waiting for a needed restoration usually performed by a volunteer association : “Ailes Anciennes de la Côte d’Or”.


Abarth cars Motocycles Wine trees tractors


The owner is really proud about some of the exposed aircrafts like airplanes of the prestigious “Patrouille de France” and a large panel of Dassault Aviation productions since the beginning of jet fighters. Some foreign planes are also exposed, the result of different Air Force donations or exchanges with other museums. The collection includes some old Belgian Air Force glories…

So, if you spent a holiday in Bourgogne, a visit to this particular castle should be really interesting and can be concluded by a wine tasting from their own production.


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Aerieal view of the aircrafts collection The castel and one of the "guardian"
Potez CM-170 Fouga Magister Patrouille de France Dassault Mystère IVA  Patrouille de France
Dassault Ouragan  Patrouille de France Republic F-84G Thunderjet  Patrouille de France
Marcel Dassault MD450 Ouragan Marcel Dassault MD452 Mystère II C
Marcel Dassault MD454 Mystère IV A Marcel Dassault MD454 Mystère IV A
Marcel Dassault Super Mystère B.2 Dassault Aviation  Mirage III A
Dassault Aviation Mirage III B Dassault Mirage III E loaded on a truck, departing for a German museum
SNCASO SO-4050 Vautour II A SNCASO SO-4050 Vautour II N equiped for radar test (CEV)
Sikorsky H-19 D3 (S-55) Sikorsky H-34  (S-58)
Bréguet Br1050 Alizé n°04 The last arrived in the collection : Sepecat Jaguar E  339-WF
BAC Lightning F-1A  Royal Air Force Canadair CL-13B Sabre 6 Luftwaffe
WSK Lim 2 (Mig 15 UTI)  Polish Air Force WSK Lim 6 bis (Mig 17 F)  Polish Air Force
Canadair CF-104 Starfighter  Royal Canadian Air Force Vought F 8 Crusader
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter   Belgian Air Force Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter  Belgian Air Force
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash  Belgian Air Force Republic F-84F Thunderstreak  Belgian Air Force
Dassault Mirage V BA  Belgian Air Force The last belgian aircraft arrived in the collection
Hawker Hunter F.4   Belgian Air Force Also a collection of engines can be seen


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