The French Prime Minister, Raymond Barre called on the United States to grant the Anglo-French Concorde supersonic airliner landing rights in New York when he addressed 4,000 aircraft builders at the Paris International Air Show on Saturday (11 June).
GV Mirage f IB takes off and flies past doing rolls in Paris Air Show (2 shots)
GV Douglas Airbus takes off
MV Spectator with camera
MV Boeing YC14 in flight
GV F-16 taking off and climbs steeply
GV F-16 flies past and turns sharply
GV Early warning radar plane E-2C
GV Israeli Kfir fighter flies past and performs rolls and turns
GV Northrop F-18 taxiis and takes off
GV Northrop F-18 in flight
MS F-18 in static display on ground (4 shots) (MUTE)
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Background: The French Prime Minister, Raymond Barre called on the United States to grant the Anglo-French Concorde supersonic airliner landing rights in New York when he addressed 4,000 aircraft builders at the Paris International Air Show on Saturday (11 June). M. Barre said this should be done in line with United States free competition traditions.
SYNOPSIS: Earlier this week, French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing decided to take a key minority interest in Dassault -- the company which makes the Mirage. The move is seen as the first step towards greater co-operation between Dassault and Aerospatiale, makers of Concorde.
Prime Minister Barre said Air France would have to buy more European Airbuses, but the Government didn't mind the company leasing a number of American Boeing 737's to replace its ageing Caravelle airliners.
When the United States Air Force was looking ahead to replace its fleet of Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft, one of its choices was this Boeing YC 14. Two of them are now being built under a 105.9 million dollar contract. The un-usual-looking Boeing is easily identified by the jet engines mounted on top of its wings.
One of the Paris show-stoppers was the United States' multi-national fighter, the F-16, which currently has a price tag of over six million dollars, although this price is expected to drop as total production rises. The aircraft is a lightweight, highly-manoeuvrable aircraft. It flies at twice the speed of sound. A computer controls the plane's rudder, tail and ailerons -- leaving the pilot free to concentrate on fighting. It's the first fighter to incorporate space-age technology, and it's being seen as an answer to some sophisticated Soviet fighters.
The United States' Hawkeye E-2C, an early-warning aircraft capable of detecting enemy aircraft long before they have a chance to do any damage.
Egyptian Vice-President Hosni Mubarak and several foreign visitors were there to see aerobatic displays from Israel's kfir fighter- bomber.It's intended for both air defence and ground attack and it carries a variety of weapons.
The F-18, a United States Navy air combat fighter developed jointly by Mc Donnell-Douglas and Northrop. It's estimated that about 800 production aircraft will be required, because the F-18 is intended to replace the Navy and Marine Corps F-4 Phantoms as fighter escorts.
The 32nd Paris Air Show ends on Sunday (12 June). It has found the world's aviation industry casting about for new directions in which to travel in the future -- an industry with its planning badly hampered by severe shortages of money. The airlines have moved out of their financial slump, but they're not in a buying mood, and the outlook's gloomy.