Abandoned for many years, the Noratlas is the oldest aircraft in flight condition in the world. Passionate people have dedicated themselves to its restoration.
The Noratlas is a giant in the air. With its 32-meter wingspan, it is an aviation treasure from the 1950s, built in just over 400 units. Today, there is only one aircraft of this type in flight condition in the world: it is carefully preserved at Marseille-Provence airport (Bouches-du-Rhône). Abandoned at the end of the 1980s, the Noratlas will remain grounded for eight years. About twenty people passionate about aviation gave it a second life.
“A Piece of History”
“It’s a flying museum, it’s a piece of history; we want to keep it as long as we can“, Assures Jacques Rambach, chief pilot of the Noratlas 105. Since its restoration, the aircraft, classified as a historic monument in 2007, has been performing meeting flight demonstrations all over France. The device belongs to the Noratlas de Provence association. It has around a hundred members, all generations combined, united around the same passion: bringing a legend back to life.