The Paris International Air Show opens on Thursday (2 June) and this year more than 200 manufacturers from throughout the world are exhibiting.
The Paris International Air Show opens on Thursday (2 June) and this year more than 200 manufacturers from throughout the world are exhibiting. But some observers say the show will be more significant for the discussions taking place behind the scenes than for the number of new aircraft types on display.
SYNOPSIS: The aviation marvels of the past and present mingle together. Veteran aviator, Charles Lindbergh, took more than 10 times longer to cross the Atlantic in his tiny "Spirit of St Louis" plane than Concorde. But Lindbergh and a model of his plane are taking pride of place in the show, with a day being set aside in his memory. Lindbergh was the first man to fly non-stop from New York to Paris, just over 50 years ago.
Most of the aircraft in Paris have been demonstrated or displayed before. Manufacturers appear to be intensifying their planning for the civil air traffic programmes of the future.
Australia is represented by three Nomads. Their basic design incorporates features of interest to both military and civil operators.
Definitely a military plane is Argentina's Pucara. Its main function is target surveillance and the back-up of land operations.
The competition is clearly on for a share of the future aircraft market which is expected to be worth 32 billion pounds sterling by 1985 alone.