An American military aircraft crashed at Le Bourget Airport in Paris on Friday (3 June) killing the pilot.
GV Helicopters flying past at Paris Air Show
GV Small jet fighter takes off
GV United States Air Force cargo plane flies past
GV Fairchild A-10 performing manoeuvres (2 shots)
GV Fairchild crashing and bursting into flames
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Background: An American military aircraft crashed at Le Bourget Airport in Paris on Friday (3 June) killing the pilot. The accident happened during a demonstration flight at the Paris International Air Show.
In the past 12 years there have been six crashes at the Paris Air Show in which 25 people have been killed. It is understood that the United States Air Force is appointing a board to investigate Friday's accident.
SYNOPSIS: The air show was officially opened by President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on Thursday (2 June) and features 230 aircraft among the displays by more than 600 aircraft manufacturers. Several military aircraft made their European debuts at the show, including the Israeli Kfir fighter-bomber, and the Tornado, a British-German-Italian co-production. Exactly four years ago, a Soviet supersonic airliner crashed at the Paris air show, killing 13 people, and a death marred the opening of this year's show as well.
Fairchild Industries of America sent two of their new A-10 ground attack planes designed for anti-tank use. This film shows one plane, piloted by Fairchild's Director of Flight Operations, Howard nelson, attempting a loop. The plane failed to complete the loop and crashed, killing Nelson.