INTRODUCTION: Thousands of spectators at the 34th Paris International Air Show watched the start of the first Paris-New York and return Air Race from Le Bourget airfield on Saturday (6 June).
GV Planes lined up on tarmac at Le Bourget airport.
SV Garden GY 80 (entrant No. 32) on tarmac.
SV Mooney M205 (entrant No.74) on tarmac.
SV PAN FROM Man polishing logo on tail of Cerva CE43 (No. 96) TO women examining cockpit.
SV Onlookers examining Mooney M20K (No.64).
SV Crewmembers beside Robin HR 100 (No.61)
GVs Crewmember examining cockpit of brightly painted Piper PA 602 (No.53) (2 SHOTS)
GVs Planes on tarmac. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN FROM Tail of Mooney M20K (No.64) TO cockpit with crewmembers.
GV Planes on tarmac.
GV Piper PA 601 (No. 68) taxiing on runway.
SVs Planes taxiing down runway. (2 SHOTS)
TILT UP TO GV Plane in flight.
SPORT: AIR RACE
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Thousands of spectators at the 34th Paris International Air Show watched the start of the first Paris-New York and return Air Race from Le Bourget airfield on Saturday (6 June).
SYNOPSIS: Planes competing in the so-called 'Air-Transat' have been divided into three main categories; single engine, light twin and turbo prop. A lone Falcon 50 jet is 'competing' in a fourth business league category.
Mean and women from more than a dozen countries in Europe, the Middle East and America are taking part in the race. The first planes are expected to return to Le Bourget on June 14th, after a mandatory 24-hour stop-over at Rochester, New York State.
The rules permit planes to land for refuelling or maintenance checks at Shannon airport in Ireland and at Reykjavik, Labrador and Newfoundland.
The first of the 80 light planes competing in the race began taking of at 30-minute intervals on Saturday. The last plane was due to leave Le Bourget on Monday morning (8 June). Among the departing crew was Grand Prix Ferrari Formula One driver Didier Pironi aboard a Douglas B-26.