The Soviet Union is to exhibit several new aircraft and helicopters at the Paris Air Show, which opens on 27 May.
The Soviet Union is to exhibit several new aircraft and helicopters at the Paris Air Show, which opens on 27 May. The Occasion will mark the first appearance, outside the Soviet Union, of the supersonic airliner, the TU-144. A new transport plane, the IL-76, will also be on display. Powered by turbo-fan engines with the latest reversal system, the aircraft car take off and land on relatively small airfields.
Three new helicopters will also make their first appearance outside the Soviet Union. One of them, the four-engine V-12, is said to be the world's largest transport helicopter.
The space section of the Soviet exhibit will be devoted to the 10th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight. It will include models of the Soyuz spaceship, the Luna-16 and Venus spacecraft, and the moon buggy Lunakhod - I.
Earlier this month leaders of the Soviet Government, including Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev, visited Vnukovo Airport near Moscow to preview the exhibit.