La Piste des Géants is a cultural site integrated in an ambitious urban project being launched by Toulouse Métropole in Montaudran, historic birthplace of aeronautics.

Devised around the runway used for takeoff by the pioneers of civil aviation, La Piste des Géants comprises several facilities: Les Jardins de la Ligne, open in June 2017, a large landscaped itinerary evoking the lands over which the pioneers of La Ligne flew; La Halle de La Machine, a contemporary structure that houses La Machine Street Theatre Company’s ‘Bestiary’ since November and L’Envol des Pionniers, in the site’s rehabilitated historic buildings.

In order to do honour to and make known the amazing saga of Toulouse that witnessed the birth of civil aviation with the first flight by Latécoère which took off from Montaudran, then L’Aéropostale and finally Air France, Jean-Luc Moudenc, Mayor of Toulouse, President of Toulouse Métropole, wished to have the historical buildings around the legendary runway rehabilitated.

In partnership with the Pioneers’s descendants and many associations, L’Envol des Pionniers, a facility dedicated to the story of aeronautics, was created and has been inaugurated on December 20th, 2018: 100 years almost to the day after the inaugural flight to Barcelona.

Press Kit available here: L’Envol des Pionniers