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30-06-2020

(Worldkings.org) Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaun is home to the world’s biggest private collector of fighter planes.

Savigny-lès-Beaune is one of the wine communes of the Côte de Beaune. The village houses several buildings of architectural interest, including several châteaux, a Romanesque clock tower and a church dedicated to St. Cassien.

Back in the 1980s, former pilot and racing-driver Michel Pont inherited a centuries-old French chateau. Pont also happened to be an avid collector of vintage planes, among other things, which for years he had rescued from countries across the world, partly to prevent them from being destroyed.

Pont’s new property was the perfect place to assemble his burgeoning collection of military hardware. Parked on its lawns were an F-100F Super Sabre, an F-16, a MiG-21, and the French fighter-bomber Dassault Super Mystère.

Pont, now 87, is as of October 2019 recognized as the world’s biggest private collector of fighter planes. At the last count, his collection of fighter jets numbered 110, officially listed by as the largest collection of its type in the world.

But the Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune isn’t only home to fighter planes. Nine separate museums are now located in the chateau and on its grounds, each dedicated to a different type of vehicle.

As well as a soviet helicopter and a 1970s hovercraft sitting on the back lawn, visitors can explore a warehouse full of vintage fire trucks, a room containing more than 200 antique motorbikes, a collection of more than 30 Abarth racing cars, around 2,500 1:72 scale model aircraft, and about 30 high-clearance tractors built for use in the vineyards.

Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune now receives around 40,000 visitors each year, a fact that has made Pont a happy man. 

According to en.wikipedia

 


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