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Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud, 56270 Ploemeur, France | 47°45'17.19"N 3°26'7.98"W
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On 073014 Yves Buysse visited the Ploemeur Futuro and captured this nice set of new photos of the unit. Yves has photographed quite a few different Futuro Houses and you can find them on Flickr where he goes by the nickname futurohouse.
Aero Club Lorient publishes a monthly online Gazette. The first three photographs below are from the February 2012 Issue and show the Futuro as it arrived on site sometime in the 1990's. The fourth photograph is from the April 2013 Issue and is a cool aerial shot which confirms the location of the Futuro far more clearly than the current Google Maps satellite imagery. There are also a few photographs of activities/functions in the Futuro which incidentally show the Futuro's interior here and here.
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The featured image above and the first set of photos below are courtesy of the Facebook Page La Maison Futuro. There is no indication of the date on which these photographs were taken.
The five photographs below are courtesy of Cosmothropos Les empreintes de l'Espace sur Terre and are dated 030212.
This final photograph, taken by julienlt, is featured in Google Earth and can be found on Panoramio. The date the photograph was shot is not listed though the photograph was uploaded on 032710.
It seems that the idea that the Niedernhausen Futuro was one of the three that were located in Belgium in 1971 may be incorrect after all [see the 082314 update below]. This conclusion was based on the fact that the Futuro had no lower windows. This photo, shot 021515 by futurohouse [futurohouse's original photo can be found on Flickr here], clearly shows that this Futuro does in fact have lower windows.
On 073014 Yves Buysse visited the Ploemeur Futuro. Not only was Yves able to see the Futuro's exterior he was also given the opportunity to go inside the unit. Yves tells me the Futuro appeared to be in reasonable condition. though the original windows were gone and had been replaced by what appeared to be flat Acrylic sheets. Yves shot a nice set of photos of the Futuro and these can be seen at left. For shots of other Futuros Yves has visited check out Flickr where Yves goes by the nickname futurohouse.
During his visit Yves was able to confirm that this Futuro does not have a lower section with windows; there are the standard sixteen windows that ring the Futuro but no lower ones. This is interesting as it is an unusual window configuration; most Futuros have a section with lower windows [most commonly four in two rows of two though there are exceptions - the Pöytyä Futuro for example has a single row of three lower windows]. Yves goes on to add that the condition of the sections of the Futuro were consistent with one another and there was no evidence to suggest that a section [that might have had windows] had ever been replaced.
This unusual window configuration set Yves to thinking and after a little research he came up with a theory as to where this Futuro might have come from. The theory starts with the three Futuro's located at 50°47'18.64"N 4°25'14.94"E in Belgium in 1971 [see this photo]. There are various photographs from different viewpoints of these three Futuro's [along with some interior shots] some of which can be found on the Tildonk Futuro page. Yves was able to come up with a "plan" of the three Futuros based on all of the various photos which proved that of the three only one had lower windows; the other two had only the sixteen upper section windows circling the Futuro.
A look through photos of known European Futuros [there has been the odd move of a Futuro from "continent to continent" but such moves have been rare - most recently of course we have seen "Futuro 22" move from Africa to Europe] quickly tells us that almost all have lower windows [though I do not recall photo of the two in Kvistgård, Denmark where lower windows were visible]. There are two however that definitly do not have lower windows; the one in Ploemeur and also the one in Niedernhausen, Germany.
Futuro history is often clouded with uncertainty and I do not think any of this definitive but based on this evidence I do agree with Yves that it seems quite likely that two of the three Belgian Futuros are now located at Ploemeur and Niedernhausen. The third, the one with lower windows, is known to have been in Tildonk, Belguim and is now located in Limni, Corfu.
My thanks to Yves for the photos of Ploemeur and the research and theory on the current locations of the three Belgian Futuros.
A little of the history of this Futuro can be found in the monthly online Gazette published by the Aero Club Lorient. In the February 2012 Issue of the Gazette we learn that the Futuro was originally located in an industrial area of Lanester, a suburb of Lorient and then moved a couple of times around the area before arriving at its current location [based on Google Translate - please correct me if I have read this incorrectly].
The Futuro arrived at its current location sometime in the 1990's. The February 2012 Gazette article includes the very interesting photographs at left which show the Futuro arriving in a fully assembled state on a flatbed and then being hoisted by crane onto the concrete foundation prepared for it.
In the April 2013 Issue of the Gazette there is a nice aerial shot of part of the airfield which clearly shows the location of the Futuro [top center of the photograph]. If there was any small shadow of a doubt about the location due to the poor satellite imagery in Google Maps this photograph removes it and confirms the location.
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It is always exciting when a "new" Futuro is located - of course they are never really "new"; perhaps "rediscovered" might be a better way of describing it. Anyway I welcome to these pages the second Futuro in France. Achim Breiling, who adds a great deal to these pages, dropped me an email today right around the time I found an entry on "La Maison Futuro" on Facebook providing information on a Futuro House at the Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud located in Ploemeur, France. The Facebook posting included the set of eight photographs shown at left.
A little more information along with some more photographs can be found on the website Cosmothropos Les empreintes de l'Espace sur Terre. The Futuro serves as the club House for Aero Club Lorient; the club's website features a couple of small photographs and we are told the Futuro serves as a place where club members can chat about their passion for flying and also enjoy a coffee [or something a little stronger] after a flight.
One particularly interesting feature of this Futuro is the way it is mounted on what appears to be a concrete base as opposed to the normal legs.
While not particularly clear the Google Maps imagery of the area is sufficient to allow the Futuro's location to be identified. Additionally there is a photograph by julienlt placed at the location in Panoramio. Google Earth historical imagery places the Futuro on site since 112205 but when it actually arrived on site is unknown, at least to me.
If anyone has any additional information or photographs I would love to hear from you.
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Google Earth satellite imagery 073015.
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