(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

1926 exhibitors from 41 countries, 238 aircraft, 480.000 visitors in 7 days,among them 223.000 professionals and 257.000 spectators...
These numbers already make clear that this year's Paris Air Show has been a massive success. Pushed, of course, by the presence of the Airbus A380 at its first public appearance, the show attracted loads of visitors. Everybody wanted to see the "A trois cent quatre-vingt", and they were not disappointed as it flew daily.

TailsWhere? Paris/Le Bourget - France
When? 13-19/06/2005

A380787This year exhibitors from the USA were also present after their absence due to frictions between France and the US in 2003. Boeing presented their new B777-200LR and the KC-767A tanker in full colours, which will be delivered to the Italian Air Force. However, their flight display participation was sparse. Only the F/A-18F Super Hornet flew in the flight display. Regarding this fact I am really looking back when there was still a B717 in the flight display... Also the 777 did not fly, but even a lot more interesting was the waterbombing demonstration of a DC-10! The former Dreamliner, which is now called 787, was also already present at every corner of the Salon. We might see it live on stage in two years?!
Ucav DassaultUcavBesides the US the Russian participation was remarkable as once again a Sukhoi Su-30SKM was present at Le Bourget. The other competitors for the best military jet flight display were the usual ones: Rafale, Eurofighter and Mirage 2000, F-16. New was a Torando IDS MLU, presented by Alenia. The future in from of a lot of VCAVs and UAVs could also be admired. Let's hope there will still be some real jets in the future for an exciting flight display!
IaiMivFurther premieres at Le Bourget were: the HJT-36 Sitara jet trainer and the Dhruv and Cheetal helicopters, the Aermacchi M346, the Embraer 195 (which flew displays together with the 175) and the Dassault Falcon 7X.
But, unfortunately, with all these 'first shows', came also the farewell to the Mirage IV, which flew on Monday for President Chiraques. After the retiring of Concorde two years ago this was another sad end for a French legend.
Let's see what highs and lows will await us in two years for the 47th edition of the 'Salon du Bourget' as this edition was a big and firm step to establish itself as Europe's premier aeronautical fair!

User Rating: 0 / 5

Rate this article:
0 of 5 - 0 votes
Thank you for rating this article.

recently published

Wings over Houston Airshow

(Reading time: 4 - 8 minutes)

Wings over Houston 2017 was an awesome airshow! Plenty of warbirds, a Messerschmitt Me 262, jets from the Vietnam era, amongst them the venerable F-4D Phantom II, made up for a great program. This great mix on show at Ellington Airport in the South of Houston was enriched by aerobatic acts and the USAF Thunderbirds. With a 34-year long history the airshow is still very much alive and kicking!

Read more ...

more Airshows

Shuttleworth - Fly Navy!

(Reading time: 3 - 5 minutes)

The „Fly Navy“ event / airshow at Shuttleworth is a close cooperation between the Shuttleworth collection and the “Fly Navy Heritage Trust”. As every flying event at the remarkable airfield in Bedfordshire it focuses on vintage aircraft, and this time it did with a special focus on the aircraft of the Naval Air Arm. This second edition of “Fly Navy” in 2017 has put a second chapter to a young, but already successful story.

Read more ...

more Air-Air

Royal Jordanian Falcons

(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

The Royal Jordanian Falcons are a small group of Professionals that represent the excellence of Jordan aviation. Based in Aqaba on the shores of the Red Sea this team and their five Extra 300-L aircraft can be seen on airshows around the world, but mainly around the Middle East and Europe.

Read more ...

Twitter feed

My Warbird Book

photos on www.airfighters.com