The idea of an Air academy dates from 1954. Colonel Edmond Petit, head of the Air Force Information Service and literary director of the French Air Force magazine, published, as of the year 1954, a number of articles militant in favour of such an Institution. He saw it mainly as a conservatory of the French language in the texts of the aeronautical field, where the French Academy was “totally incompetent”, and as the place where the history of aviation could develop.

The creation of the academy thanks to the notoriety of André Turcat

This project could only be completed in 1983, in a more extensive form. He is the former chief test pilot of the Concorde, André Turcat, who emerged from the limbos of the National Academy of Air and Space both by his notoriety both in the French aeronautical environment and within the municipal bodies of Toulouse. The material support of the pink city allowed to install the Academy on the site of the former observatory of Jolimont and, for the two hundredth anniversary of the first human flight, the Thirty-five founding members met on November 21, 1983 in Assembly Plenary. Incorporated in association Law of 1901, declared public utility in 1987, the Academy has set itself the objectives of:

“To promote the development of high-quality scientific, technical, human and cultural activities in the fields of air and space”. In these areas, it proposes to enhance and enrich the heritage, to disseminate knowledge and to form an animation centre.

In order to remain in line with the reality of the European environment while maintaining the advances gained through its French foundations, the General Assembly decided, in its meeting of 19 June 2006, that the title of the Academy is now: Air Academy and Space.

The first day of the academy

On November 21, 1783, a hot air balloon carried in the air the first two men, Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis of D’arlandes. The era of the conquest of space opened for mankind.
Two hundred years later, very exactly, was created in Toulouse the first National Academy of Air and Space. (a reproduction of the balloon of Pilâtre of Rozier and of the Marquis of D’arlandes is dropped Place du Capitole)

Among the founding members, present in this photo taken on the day of the creation of the Academy:

1st row: from left to right: André TURCAT, André ROUSSET
second row: Jean MOINE, Jean RÖSCH, Valérie ANDRÉ, Hubert CURIEN, deputy mayor (Guy hersant), André FLOURENS
third row: Jean BOULET, Edmond PETIT, Jean-Loup CHRÉTIEN, Jacques BLAMONT, Albert DUCROCQ, Roger BÉTEILLE, Marc PÉLEGRIN, Pierre CARRIÈRE, Lucien MALAVARD, Pierre CONTENSOU
Fourth row: Jacques NOETINGER, Claudius la BURTHE, general secretary of the town Hall (François LAFFONT), Marcel BARRÈRE