French castle with a collection of WARPLANES

French castle with a collection of WARPLANES: Eccentric collector, 87, has & # 39; the world's largest private fighter jet fleet (and a hovercraft on its lawn)

  • Aircraft are parked outside Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune in Burgundy, France
  • The 87-year-old Michel Pont is the proud owner of the record-breaking collection
  • He also has collections of vintage fire engines, racing cars & motorcycles
  • The former driver said he started collecting after he was in the army
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The castle of Savigny-lès-Beaune, nestled in the rolling hills of the Burgundy wine country, is the last place you would expect a fighter with ever atomic bombs under its wings.

Michel Pont, according to the Guinness Book of World Records & # 39; the world's largest private collector of fighter aircraft, inherited the castle in the 1980s and filled every corner of his property with his esteemed possessions.

The castle is located in Savigny-les-Beaune near Beaune. The website says it overlooks an impressive estate of a few hectares and a fierce collection of fighter jets

The castle is located in Savigny-les-Beaune near Beaune. The website says it overlooks an impressive estate of a few hectares and a fierce collection of fighter jets

The collection includes the record-breaking collection of warplanes by Michel Pont
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The collection includes the record-breaking collection of warplanes by Michel Pont

The collection includes the record-breaking collection of warplanes by Michel Pont

In addition to the aircraft with the F-100F Super Saber above, the estate includes a collection of 30 tractors specifically used in the vineyard

In addition to the aircraft with the F-100F Super Saber above, the estate includes a collection of 30 tractors specifically used in the vineyard

In addition to the aircraft with the F-100F Super Saber above, the estate includes a collection of 30 tractors specifically used in the vineyard

The Dassault Super Mystère (pictured above) is a French fighter-bomber and is shown on the grounds of the Michel Pont estate

The Dassault Super Mystère (pictured above) is a French fighter-bomber and is shown on the grounds of the Michel Pont estate

The Dassault Super Mystère (pictured above) is a French fighter-bomber and is shown on the grounds of the Michel Pont estate

The Dassault Mirage III (pictured above) is a single-seater, single-engine fighter aircraft. It was developed and produced by the French company Dassault Aviation

The Dassault Mirage III (pictured above) is a single-seater, single-engine fighter aircraft. It was developed and produced by the French company Dassault Aviation

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The Dassault Mirage III (pictured above) is a single-seater, single-engine fighter aircraft. It was developed and produced by the French company Dassault Aviation

His collection and the abundant size of the building have enabled him to open nine separate museums in the castle, one for each type of vehicle.

Some of the most memorable locations of the museum are a Soviet helicopter on the lawn, a hovercraft from the 1970s, a warehouse full of vintage fire engines, 200 antique motorcycles and 36 racing cars.

Transporting all machines from all over the world was a task in itself.

A Belgian fighter plane can be seen on the lawn of the medieval castle of Michel Pont in Savigny-lès-Beaune in Burgundy

A Belgian fighter plane can be seen on the lawn of the medieval castle of Michel Pont in Savigny-lès-Beaune in Burgundy

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A Belgian fighter plane can be seen on the lawn of the medieval castle of Michel Pont in Savigny-lès-Beaune in Burgundy

The Vought F-8 Crusader (pictured above), an aircraft developed by the French Navy, was mainly used during the Vietnam War

The Vought F-8 Crusader (pictured above), an aircraft developed by the French Navy, was mainly used during the Vietnam War

The Vought F-8 Crusader (pictured above), an aircraft developed by the French Navy, was mainly used during the Vietnam War

Pont himself dismantled one on a runway in Djibouti and rebuilt it when he returned to the borders of the castle.

Many came from WWII scraps in Belgium and Poland.

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& # 39; If you feel like collecting, find a way, & # 39; said Pont MessyNessy.

He said it was his parents who inspired his passion for heritage.

The octogenarian also sat with the French Air Force and said he caught the bug by talking to pilots and buying aircraft when they were declared unfit for service.

He told Guinness World Records that he wanted to prevent them from being destroyed.

Because all military bases are closed to the public in France, Pont believes this is a way to enable people up close with fighter jets and he opens his property and the surrounding estate as a museum.

Pont says it was his parents who taught him a passion for collecting things
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Pont says it was his parents who taught him a passion for collecting things

Pont says it was his parents who taught him a passion for collecting things

The Nord Noratlas (pictured above) was a special military transport aircraft, developed and produced by the French aircraft manufacturer Nord Aviation

The Nord Noratlas (pictured above) was a special military transport aircraft, developed and produced by the French aircraft manufacturer Nord Aviation

The Nord Noratlas (pictured above) was a special military transport aircraft, developed and produced by the French aircraft manufacturer Nord Aviation

The Aero Jet Trainer L-39 Albatros, pictured above, was a Czechoslovakian training aircraft used in the 1960s

The Aero Jet Trainer L-39 Albatros, pictured above, was a Czechoslovakian training aircraft used in the 1960s

The Aero Jet Trainer L-39 Albatros, pictured above, was a Czechoslovakian training aircraft used in the 1960s

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