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An enthusiast saves a military plane from destruction and displays it in his garden south of Toulouse

2023-12-04T08:37:01.625Z

Highlights: An enthusiast saves a military plane from destruction and displays it in his garden south of Toulouse. A fan of aeronautics, Loïc Dumas recovered a Dassault Flamant MD 312, a military aircraft abandoned since 1971 at the Castelnau airfield. The aircraft, made of aluminum, is 12 meters long and 4.5 meters high, with a wingspan of 20 meters. The young man has no intention of flying this plane again but wants to continue to maintain it and allow young and older generations to admire it.


A fan of aeronautics, Loïc Dumas recovered a Dassault Flamant MD 312, a military aircraft abandoned since 1971 at the Castelnau airfield.


It's a strange acquisition that Loïc Dumas, a trainer at the National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC), has set up in his garden in Pouy-de-Touges (Haute-Garonne), south of Toulouse. A much larger purchase than a garden gnome since this 27-year-old has recovered and restored a military aircraft dating from after the Second World War! The aircraft, a Dassault Flamant MD312, had been in a state of abandonment since 1971 at the Castelnau-Magnoac airfield (Hautes-Pyrénées).

A mascot for the locals

"A little over a year ago, I was with my friend Hervé Donnat, who is keen on mechanics on English cars, when we discussed this plane left at this airfield and which we have seen for six or seven years," says Loïc Dumas. We thought it was a shame to let it wither away and that we could try to restore and save this aeronautical heritage. We contacted the president of the flying club, Andreas Hoegl, who indicated that the plane was threatened with destruction by the town hall because it was cluttering the grounds. Surrounded by brambles and in poor condition after decades in the open air and without maintenance, the aircraft was finally sold to Loïc Dumas by the flying club, interested in this buyer who would not destroy it.

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With his friends and family, the aeronautics enthusiast dismantled this 1953 aircraft and transported it in various pieces to his large garden in Pouy-de-Touges, sometimes in an exceptional convoy given the volume of the parts. He then spends all his free time reassembling the aircraft and renovating the parts. The aircraft, made of aluminum, is 12 meters long and 4.5 meters high, with a wingspan of 20 meters. "It weighs 4.8 tons, so to prevent it from sinking into the ground and to keep it stable, we dug the ground and poured three small concrete slabs," explains Loïc Dumas. We would like to thank Andreas Hoegl for his active help in dismantling the aircraft with his own lifting device. The installation of the plane was finished at the end of October and since it is visible from the road, it has become a bit of a mascot for the locals who come to see it! »

The young man has no intention of flying this plane again but wants to continue to maintain it and allow young and older generations to admire it.

Source: leparis

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