11th Paris Motor Show

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A.k.a. "le premier salon international de l’aéronautique".[1]

Flight, the magazine of the Aero Club of the United Kingdom, called it the "First Paris Aeronautical Salon" and deemed it "the first real exhibition of practical flying machines that has ever been held anywhere."[2]

Vessels on display included:[2][3]

Robert Esnault-Pelterie was present, representing Établissements Robert Esnault-Pelterie.[3]

Gustave Rives set up an associated aero exhibition too. It was successful enough for them to start the Paris Air Show in 1909.[4]

Internationalism. Flight: "...on one occasion we observed a large band of Esperantists in charge of a guide who explained the different exhibits in the International tongue. At the stand where the Wright machine was exhibited they met with a particularly hearty reception from one of the directors, who himself addressed them in Esperanto."[2]

Event names 11th Paris Motor Show; Paris Aero Salon; First Paris Aero Salon; le premier Salon de l'Aéronautique
Event type exhibition
Country FR
Location Paris
Start date December 24, 1908
Number of days 7
Tech focus LTA, airplane


  1. Stéphanie Meyniel, "Le 24 décembre 1908 dans le ciel : Premier salon international de l’aéronautique", Air Journal, 24 December 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The First Paris Aeronautical Salon", Flight, 2 January 1909.
  3. 3.0 3.1 L'Aérophile Vol. 17, No. 1, 1 January 1909, p. 19. Uses biblical term tohu-bohu in description of the atmosphere at the Grand-Palais.
  4. Nelms, 2009

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