Aerosalon Le Bourget
The Salon du Bourget - or in English "Paris Air Show" - is the world's biggest aeronautical trade fair. Well known for the large variety of displayed aircraft and traffic jams all around the area the 47th edition in 2007 made no exception. After the big hype of the first public appearance of the Airbus A380 in 2005 new highlights
Where? Paris - Le Bourget
were rare, only the appearance of the Bell Agusta BA609 caused some attention on the technological side, and the thrust-vectored MiG-29 OVT on the military and noisy side.Besides that nothing spectacular happened regarding the hardware, but nevertheless it was very interesting to walk around and discover many interesting aircraft. As usual the opening of the show on Monday was under presence of a high French politician, this time France’s Prime Minister François Fillon. Only French hardware was presented during this approximaltely 30 minutes long display: A380, Dassault, 7X, Eurocopter Tigre,…
Flight Display for the Prime Minister
The real show programm in the afternoon offered a bigger variety with aircraft spanning from the Lockheed Super Constellation (the Preitling one, which is now also registered in Switzerland) up to the thrust-vectored MiG-29 OVT. Remarkably was also the appearance of two Airbus tankers: the Luftwaffe A310 MRTT with the «Hose & Drogue» unit and the Spanish test aircraft to evaluate the boom, that will equip the new A330 tankers. The first of the Australian KC-330 was also present in the static display. It flew in on Sunday only two days after its first flight in Getafe! The Italians were also present in the air, they presented the C-27J Spartan, also in the static display in Lithuanian Air Force markings, the AMX, a MLU Tornado and of course the Eurofighter Typhoon. A newcomer in Le Bourget, and in the whole western air sow scene, was also Antonov’s An148. A nice slim and fast looking regional jet in search of customers. At least some kind of Russian/Ukrainian hardware that was present.What else to say? Well, I saw one of the most boring displays ever at Le Bourget: the “Groupe Tranchant” marked Fouga Magister that flew its display somewhere far away – seemingly on another airshow… - but not for the crowd at Le Bourget. And it even got the longest slot for doing so, even more than the A380 or the Rafale.
Dassault Falcon 7X
French Air Force MIrage 2000 Solo Display
Breitling Super Constellation
Lockheed F-16C Fighting Falcon
Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet
Bell Agusta BA609 Tiltrotor
Italian Displays (Aermacchi MB349, Eurofighter Typhoon), C-27J, AMX, Tornado)
The rest of the photos speak for themselves I think, unfortunately the weather was very mixed and not good that year, but at least better than for the rest of the week. We’ll see what’s new in Paris in two years, maybe the 787 Dreamliner despite Boeing’s ever-lasting reserved presence at Paris? Anyway, I will be there!
The colourfull static display at Le Bourget
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