The Espace Air Passion (formerly known as the Musée Régional de l’Air d’Angers) will receive the Phoenix Diploma from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) on December 11, for its reconstruction of an AVIA 152 glider.
The AVIA 152 was an important glider in the 1930s, with some 200 examples built of which none have survived to this day. With private funding and using original plans, the EAP built a replica of the AVIA 152 and flew it for the first time in 2010. The aircraft is identicial to the original AVIA 152, but was covered with modern and more durable canvas. The construction of the replica took 10 years to achieve.
Photos and more details (in French) can be found on AeroBuzz.fr.